Raphael Schaad

18 Magazines | 1,216 Articles | 18,178 Followers | 424 Likes | @raphael | Designer & Technologist, MIT Media Lab. Previously Flipboard and iA Writer.

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Bicycles Built Based on People’s Attempts to Draw Them From Memory

<i>by Staff</i><p>New York City-based photographer Christopher Payne’s series “Asylum” is the culmination of work conducted over 6 years, 30 states and 70 …


Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity

On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%. Power prices actually went negative for several …


SolarCity customers just produced enough energy in one day to charge every Tesla in the world

On March 22nd, SolarCity customers produced 8 million kWh of electricity -- enough energy to give a full charge to all 107,000+ Teslas in the world

The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me)

<i>Background: My day job is running a space transportation company called SpaceX, but on the side I am the chairman of Tesla Motors and help formulate</i> …

Young people are suing governments over climate change

Charis Changnews.com.au@CharisChang2<p><b>WHEN a group of teenagers first started taking governments to court over the lack of climate change action,</b> …


Monocultures – The great evil of modern Ag?

One real problem with monoculture is that it is often used as a strong argument but in a poorly defined way. The influential food journalist Michael …

Monarch Butterflies, El Rosario Preserve, Mexico. A recent survey by the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico found that the population of North America's monarch butterflies are rebounding but still well below past numbers. The number of butterflies wintering in Mexico is estimated to now be around 150 million. The recent comeback is credited to more favorable weather and the planting of milkweed on the monarch's migration route. Two decades ago there were an estimated 1 billion butterflies on the migration route. Photo by @peteressick #thephotosociety #auroraphotos @ Michoacán, Mexico

#texture @ Extraordinary Desserts

For the 2002 Swiss national exhibition, the medieval town Murten (or Morat in French) had the motto “Moment and Eternity”. French architect Jean Nouvel designed this 34-meter rusty steel cube that appeared to float on the lake just off the shore. The interior consisted of three accessible levels with multiple spaces and hosted art installations such as video projections. Roughly every 25 years Switzerland hosts a national exhibition with the next planned for 2027.

Space Tourism Posters

Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of …

Morocco’s Massive Desert Solar Project Starts Up

Overcoming a series of delays, Morocco started up its Noor I solar project on February 4, marking what many observers call a new era for solar power …


#texture @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Silos can be cool, too.

#breezeblocks being beautiful. #modernism #midcenturymodern @ Danville Bowl

Capturing the Hauntingly Beautiful Atmosphere of the Dutch Woodlands

Nelleke Pieters’ photographs perfectly encapsulate the haunting beauty of the woods. Based in Holland, the amateur photographer manages to extract a certain poignant atmosphere from the trees and leaves in the forest where she shoots. From fleeting appearances of wildlife, to delicate light streams …

Wood replaces concrete in eco-friendly building projects – in pictures

Elon Musk talks climate change & carbon tax at the Sorbone (2015.12.2)

2 Degrees In Paris: The Global Warming Set To Dominate Climate Conversation

As world leaders gather in Paris to talk about climate change, one phrase that will dominate conversations is "two degrees."<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Climate change is being addressed this week in Paris. World leaders will meet at the U.N. Climate Change Conference and work on policies aimed at …


High school love was when he would find my favorite color everything to present to me. College love was when I realized he would pick out my favorite dried strawberry flakes for me and eat the rest of the honey bunches of oats. Adult love is when I've realized that I'm perfectly capable of picking out what I don't like and knowing what I do like myself. #noredgummybearsforme #selflove #adulthood #relationshipadvice

Photos: Inside the toxic haze, a “crime against humanity” caused by Indonesia’s fires — Quartz

In Indonesia about half a million people are suffering from respiratory ailments, and at least 19 have died—most from breathing in smoke, some from fire-fighting accidents.<p>The cause: annual fires that are set to inexpensively clear land, making it more suitable for palm oil and pulp-and-paper …

Crimes Against Humanity

Before-and-after pictures show how climate change is destroying the Earth

Almost all scientists now agree that global climate change is caused by humans.<p>In late September, the British government pledged £5.8 billion ($8.8 billion) to tackle the problem in developing countries, and many other governments worldwide are also pouring money into solving the problem.<p>A …

Climate Change

How Marshall Islanders Navigated the Sea Using Only Sticks and Shells

If you live in a country consisting of over 1,100 islands spread across 750,000 square miles, how do you navigate the sea in between? Easy: with …

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Solar & Wind Reach a Big Renewables Turning Point : BNEF

Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by …


Chernobyl proves that humans are a bigger threat to wildlife than even nuclear accidents — Quartz

The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 released 100 times more radiation than the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some 16,000 people were permanently evacuated from the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident—but what happened to the wildlife left behind?<p>According to a recent study, the …


Elon Musk-backed SolarCity claims to have built industry's most efficient solar panel

SolarCity — the leading installer of residential solar panels in the US — announced today in Times Square that the company has built the industry's most efficient solar panel, Reuters reports. The panel converts sunlight into electricity with a 22.04 percent efficiency, according to third-party …

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