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China just built a solar power array that looks like a panda

It’s the first of many planned panda power plants meant to get kids interested in green energy.<p>A Chinese solar power company has just completed the first phase of an ingenious PR stunt: building a 100MW solar power plant in the shape of a panda bear.<p>According to a release from the company, Panda …

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Octopus studies detail strange behavior and genetics

UC Berkeley marine biologist Roy Caldwell first saw the intriguing octopus in Panama, in 1977. It was pretty, and striped, and about the size of his little finger. He brought a few specimens back to his lab, and one of the females surprised him: Unlike most octopuses he had seen, she didn't die …

Zoology

Octopus Climbs Out Of New Zealand Aquarium

FREEEEEDOM!!!!!<p>We've found the next sequel to <i>Finding Nemo</i> and <i>Finding Dory</i>. This time the hero is Inky, an adorable octopus that just wants to be free. The plot twist? Inky is so good at escaping and hiding that he can <i>never</i> be found.<p>The best part is, this new movie is inspired by a true story.<p>A few …

Inky the Octopus and the Upsides of Anthropomorphism

Earlier this month, under the cover of night, an octopus named Inky hauled his basketball-sized body out of the tank he shared with a companion at the National Aquarium of New Zealand, heaved himself across the floor, and squeezed his gelatinous mantle into a narrow drain leading to the Pacific …

Pacific Ocean

Don’t Look Now, But Octopuses Are Taking Over The Ocean

If you don’t already have a healthy fear of octopuses, let us illumine you: they’re masters of escape, they’re incredibly smart, and they’re taking over the ocean as we speak.<p>This last fact comes courtesy of a new analysis of cephalopod boom-bust cycles, published in <i>Current Biology</i>. Apparently …

Impact Oil & Gas brings Woodside Energy into Senegal / Guinea-Bissau venture

Impact Oil & Gas has stuck a deal with Woodside Energy which will sees the Australian oil major taking a 65% stake in the AGC project, offshore west …

'Spectre' and 'Peanuts' Top U.S. Box Office Again

James Bond and Charlie Brown dominated the Hollywood box office for a second straight weekend.<p><i>Spectre</i>, the 24th installment of the James Bond …

This gun can stop small rogue drones without destroying them

We've seen a couple of brute force anti-drone devices designed to snatch the tiny machines out of the sky, but Battelle's DroneDefender is one of the …

Harvest

Burrito Selfies Are Now A Thing And They're Making Us Hungry

We've had brelfies (breastfeeding selfies) and belfies (bum selfies) so it should come as no surprise that there's a new breed of self portrait in …

Why has Goa decided the coconut palm is no longer a tree?

<b>Authorities in India's Goa state recently said the region's iconic and much loved coconut palm would no longer be regarded as a tree, but a plant. The decision has caused outrage with green activists questioning the government order, writes Pamela D'Mello in Goa.</b><p>In the middle of December, the Goa …

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Architects Transformed the Walls of This Resort in Vietnam Into a Hanging Jungle

The sprawling wellness property Naman Retreat, in Da Nang, Vietnam, hired Vo Trong Nghai Architects to design a ‘living wall’ to cover the façade of …

One chart that explains Alphabet, Google's new parent company

Google has announced a massive organisational overhaul: The search giant will now be controlled by Alphabet, a newly created parent company.<p>Meanwhile, many of Google's projects less related to its core internet business — including its investment and human-longevity research arms — are being spun …

Angelique Kidjo Wins Her Second Grammy, "This Album Is Dedicated To The Women Of Africa"

The new year has been off to a great start for world-renowned singer, songwriter and activist, Angelique Kidjo. Ms. Kidjo who first won a Grammy back in 2008 for her eighth studio album ‘Djin Djin’ which included a star-studded list of guest artists ranging from Branford Marsalis, Ziggy Marley, …

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Make Every Woman Count

<b>Source:</b> Yahoo News <br>Angelique Kidjo, one of the biggest African musicians on the world stage, on Sunday won her second Grammy for World Music album …

International icon Angelique Kidjo coming to Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Two-time Grammy winner and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo will close the Vancouver Folk Music Festival on July 19 at Jericho Beach Park.<p>Kidjo, who was …

New 'Blue Marble' picture delights

<b>A new, full snapshot of our planet has been captured by a US satellite.</b><p>Such images, which show the Earth in its entirety, are known as "Blue Marbles".<p>The latest of these was captured by the US DSCOVR Earth observation satellite, which was launched in February this year.<p>The original Blue Marble, …

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New government sugar advice will mean 'extreme' diet changes

Most treats will be off limits and replaced with wholegrain and vegetables if health officials act on imminent recommendations from scientific advisers<p>Adults and children should be instructed by the Government to halve the amount of sugar they consume and eat almost twice as much pasta, potato and …

Black Model Nykhor Paul Is 'Tired Of Apologizing For [Her] Blackness'

Model Nykhor Paul is fed up with the fashion world and is making her feelings known.<p>The South Sudanese model posted an open letter on her Instagram account Monday addressing all the "white people in the fashion world" -- specifically makeup artists -- who don't know how to work with models who have …

Ecocapsules are pint-sized solar and wind-powered micro homes

Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harness into a high-power battery. The structure's …

5 Reasons to Join the Locavore Movement

You may have heard people referring to themselves as locavores. You may even be considering joining the locavore movement yourself. Locavores are people who eat only locally-grown produce and, when possible, rely on meat, eggs, and other food products from local sources.<p>Spending your money on …

Urban Agriculture

The Road Ahead: Toyota Tops Tesla, Boasting 312-Mile Range For Mirai

Toyota’s statement last week that its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will get 312 miles between fill-ups is a shot across Tesla Motors bow.<p>Toyota’s Jim Lentz announced on Tuesday at a conference in Colorado that the automaker’s upcoming fuel cell electric vehicle will offer an EPA-estimated 67 …

Fuel Cell

Garden Designer Visit: A Low Maintenance Brooklyn Backyard by New Eco Landscapes

Low maintenance was at the top of the list when homeowner Phil Hutton asked Brooklyn-based New Eco Landscapes to redo the front and back yards of his …

America's 10 biggest cities, in every decade going back to 1790

Here's a neat GIF mapping and charting the 10 largest cities in the United States in every decennial census:<p>There is one story of remarkable continuity here — New York has been the largest city in the USA for a long time, going back to even before Brooklyn was incorporated into the city limits. But …

Cocoa Chile Rib Eye Steaks Reverse Seared

Our friend Tony was coming down for Memorial Day weekend and as always made a point of spending some time with us. Patti surprised us all when she …

Sustainable Business News

The latest research shows the world literally has 3 years to make aggressive progress on bringing emissions down.<p>The silver lining beneath Trump's …

We Africans love the US, so why can’t we accept gay marriage?

A homophobic backlash is the instinctive African response to America’s same-sex marriage revolution. But do the continent’s leaders dare outrage the west?<p>Millions of Africans are enamoured with all things American. In high school, to show their loyalty and maintain a connection to the great …

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