AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA hover car which can fly up to 10ft in the air has been showcased by a company in the US. (Video) For those in the UK, use this BBC direct link or see the hover craft featured in video and report on Sky News… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMonique van der Vorst has completed a remarkable transformation – from Paralympic athlete to road racing cyclist with a top professional team.The 27-year-old Dutch rider signed with the Rabobank women’s team, meaning the former wheelchair and handcycle racer will now line up against elite able-bodied cyclists.Van der Vorst lost the use of her legs as a young teenager following ankle surgery. But she didn’t lose her drive and determination. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore (WATCH the video below from the BBC, or READ the article in Huffington Post)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA formerly blind orangutan has been given the remarkable gift of being able to see her baby twins for the first time after undergoing cataract surgery in the first such operation in Indonesia.Prior to her surgery on Monday afternoon, Gober, a 40-year-old orangutan, had spent at least the last four years blind due to cataracts leading.She was rescued in North Sumatra province in late 2008 by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program.Recently she gave birth in their breeding program. (READ the story in the Daily Mail)Photo by Sumatran Orangutan Conservation ProgrammeThanks to Craig Withers for submitting the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis Florida hockey arena never produced a louder roar than when a fan was given the chance to win $100,000 and hit the most perfect shot you could imagine.Orlando Solar Bears season ticket holder Nick Giovanelli was selected as the finalist to shoot for the cash prize at Thursday night’s game against the Florida Everblades.From the blue line, a 115-foot distance, Giovanelli needed to slide the puck through a hole barely larger than the puck itself.WATCH: Shelter Dog Can’t Contain Emotions, Realizing He’s RescuedWhen the slow-moving puck finally slipped through the goal the crowd went wild cheering the good fortune of the St. Cloud, Florida man.The frenzy continued later in the night when the Solars Bears won the final regular-season home game in similar exciting fashion, scoring a winning goal with just a half-second left in overtime.RELATED: Dad Uses Cat-Like Reflexes To Save Son From Flying Baseball Bat (WATCH)SEE the shot replayed on Sports Center, named the best play of the day…SHARE the Lucky Shot with Friends!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The primary drivers behind solar’s continued growth are falling costs — collectively, solar prices are 63 percent lower than they were five years ago — and continued bullishness on the part of utilities, businesses and home owners in on-site power generation, net metering and cleaner energy alternatives to grid-delivered power.According to the new report, utility-scale solar installations accounted for 53 percent of all PV installed during the first half of this year. But residential solar is also breaking records and passing milestones, with the 1 millionth residential rooftop solar system installed earlier this year, GTM said.MORE: Costa Rica Has Been Powered Only By Renewable Energy For 122 DaysAnd while some traditionally strong solar markets like California have experienced slower growth in recent years, that trend has been offset by rising investment and development activity in other states such as Utah, Texas and North Carolina, officials said.“Solar works in all 50 states, and this report proves that what many would consider nontraditional markets are now firmly a part of the clean energy movement,” said Tom Kimbis, SEIA’s interim president.CHECK OUT: IKEA UK To Start Selling Solar Panels in New ‘Solar Shops’“While it took us 40 years to hit 1 million U.S. solar installations, we’re expected to hit 2 million within the next two years,” Kimbis added.By 2021, 20 states are expected to host at least 1 GW of total operating solar PV, officials said, while 30 states will add more than 100 MW of annual solar capacity.The second-quarter performance report, combined with the robust projections for 2017 and 2018, reflects the solar industry’s phenomenal success at capturing a bigger share of the power generation market during a period of profound upheaval due to pressing economic and environmental concerns, most notably the decline in coal-fired power generation.MORE: Historic Route 66 to Become Solar Roadways First Highway ProjectBut the industry is not without its growing pains, some of which have been laid bare in Nevada, where up to 15,000 industry leaders, solar enthusiasts and other observers are gathering this week.Among the key issues being discussed is the very future of SEIA, the nation’s largest solar trade organization. Just days before the SPI conference, a group of SEIA members released a letter criticizing the group’s board for being too Washington-centric and for being over-represented by utility solar interests (EnergyWire, Sept. 8).RELATED: California Breaks Solar Record, Generates Enough Electricity for 6 Million HomesSenior SEIA representatives rebutted those criticisms, noting that the organization works to represent all interests within the solar industry, including utilities, developers, manufacturers and installers.“As the fastest growing new source of energy, which will double its installations in the next two years, solar has moved from being a niche energy technology to a mainstream one,” SEIA board Chairman Nat Kreamer wrote in an open letter to the group’s members. “This transition brings new policy opportunities and challenges for the U.S. solar industry and its national association.” How much money can a solar roof save you in California? Profit from your roof space: find local deals on solar in your area, eliminate your power bill, and join the solar revolution. Calculate My Savings! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreU.S. solar firms installed more than 2 gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity between April and June, a 43 percent increase over the same period in 2015 and the fifth largest quarterly growth in the industry’s history, according to data released this morning by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The latest figures, rolled out at the annual Solar Power International conference in Las Vegas, reflect solar’s surging popularity outside its traditional markets. They also add credence to the notion that sunlight is a cost-competitive fuel for electricity generation against nearly every other resource, including natural gas.But the 2,051 megawatts of new PV capacity, coupled with the 1,986 MW of solar completions recorded from January to March, is a mere appetizer on the full 2016 menu of solar projects expected to be completed by year’s end, experts say.CHECK OUT: China Fights Water Pollution, Bans Paper Mills and Oil RefineriesIndustry data on solar arrays under construction or expected to be finished by December show solar PV will add 13.9 GW of new power generation this year, a 90 percent increase over 2015’s figure of 7.3 GW (ClimateWire, Feb. 22).“There’s no question. It’s an eye-popping figure,” said Cory Honeyman, associate director of U.S. solar research for GTM, which compiles industry performance data in conjunction with SEIA. “We’re seeing the beginning of an unprecedented wave of growth that will occur throughout the remainder of 2016, specifically within the utility PV segment.”LOOK: H&M Unveils Sustainable and Affordable Wedding Dress LineMoreover, 2017 and 2018 could be equally robust years for solar PV as many projects that were initially slated for a 2016 completion have been extended to 2017 and beyond, Honeyman said. Many of those projects are large solar farms being pursued by electric utilities or independent developers that will sell output from the projects under power purchase agreements.
Federica Bertocchini and her colleagues at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria made the discovery quite by accident, after noticing that plastic bags containing wax worms quickly became riddled with holes. Further study showed that the worms can do damage to a plastic bag in less than an hour.After 12 hours, all that munching of plastic leads to an obvious reduction in plastic mass. The researchers showed that the wax worms were not only ingesting the plastic, they were also chemically transforming the polyethylene into ethylene glycol.CHECK OUT: Trees Growing Out of Buildings Could Help Heal China’s Air Pollution ProblemAlthough wax worms wouldn’t normally eat plastic, the researchers suspect that their ability is a byproduct of their natural habits. Wax moths lay their eggs inside beehives. The worms hatch and grow on beeswax, which is composed of a highly diverse mixture of lipid compounds. The researchers say the molecular details of wax biodegradation require further investigation, but it’s likely that digesting beeswax and polyethylene involves breaking down similar types of chemical bonds.“Wax is a polymer, a sort of ‘natural plastic,’ and has a chemical structure not dissimilar to polyethylene,” Bertocchini says. “We are planning to implement this finding into a viable way to get rid of plastic waste, working towards a solution to save our oceans, rivers, and all the environment from the unavoidable consequences of plastic accumulation.“However,” she adds, “we should not feel justified to dump polyethylene deliberately in our environment just because we now know how to bio-degrade it.”(Source: CSIC)Click To Share The News With Your Friends (Photo by Federica Bertocchini, Paolo Bombelli, and Chris Howe)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGenerally speaking, plastic is incredibly resistant to decay, and that’s certainly true of the one trillion polyethylene plastic bags that people use and discard each year.But researchers may now be inching toward a solution for plastic waste; and the key is a caterpillar commonly known as a wax worm.
His owner, Melinda LeBarron, had been taking the pup for an evening walk through the rural town of Muncy, Pennsylvania when the dog started to bark. She looked around for the source of Bear’s distress – and then she suddenly found herself being slammed to the ground.A black bear had seized a hold of LeBarron and started to drag her off of the road. As she was being pulled into the woods, LeBarron defended herself by repeatedly punching the bear. Bear the dog chased after his owner and tried to help her escape by biting the predator.RELATED: Fearless Uber Driver Stops Mid-Trip to Scoop Up Injured Hawk and Save It From the HighwayLeBarron eventually went limp in hopes of deterring the bear from continuing its attack – which it did. It then turned on the dog, which gave LeBarron a sufficient amount of time to crawl into a bush.As Bear bravely defended itself against the attacker, LeBarron threw a stick into the woods to distract the bear. Thankfully, the bear left.Bear and LeBarron both made it home with multiple cuts, bruises, and broken bones. Once they were discovered by family members, they were rushed to the hospital.MORE: Hiker Was About to Die in a Snowstorm When She Was Saved by a Total Stranger Following Her IntuitionThough they both have a long way to go before they are fully recovered, LeBarron’s son Trent says that LeBarron and Bear are both “very, very lucky to be alive.”“She’s stable now,” Trent told reporters. “She’s doing good, she’s actually doing very good. She has a long ways to go and a lot of lot of surgeries coming up.”Before LeBarron had regained her ability to speak, she used a notepad to ask her family members if Bear was okay. After reassuring her about the pup’s condition, Trent then asked her if Bear had saved her life – and he says that she nodded her head yes “so fast it was unreal.”CHECK OUT: Dog Saves Its Owner’s Life When It Sniffs Out Cancer, Not Once, But Three TimesLeBarron’s family have since created a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for her medical expenses – and in just 4 days, it has almost reached its goal of $6,000.“We just want to say thank you to everyone who has donated and prayed for Melinda and Bear!” says the crowdfunding page. “Both are stable, but still have a long road of recovery ahead of them!“We cannot believe the amount of love, support and coverage that this has gotten and are eternally grateful to you all. She is a mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, aunt and the glue that holds the family together! Thank you all for showing her and her precious dog so much support and love!”Be Sure And Share This Pawesome Rescue Story With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo released by the LeBarron familyAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA tiny dog is being credited for saving the life of a 51-year-old woman who was attacked by a bear earlier this week.The canine hero in question is a Chihuahua-mix who is coincidentally also named Bear.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHave you ever wondered where our pet cats go when we’re not looking? What mysterious antics they get up to when they’re prowling around the great outdoors? And will we ever understand the inner mysteries of the noble cat mind?In an effort to answer these ancient questions, which have plagued the minds of cat-fanciers since the time of the Pharaohs, one team of scientists launched an initiative to track the movements of our feline friends and glean some insight into their outdoor lives.The Cat Tracker Project is simple in concept: find out where cats go and what they do. Founded by researchers from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the team placed GPS collars on the cats of willing volunteers. After tracking the movements and behavior of nearly 1,000 cats across four countries and analyzing the data for six years, the results are in—and some of the findings come as a bit of a shock.LOOK: This Epic Pirate Cat Has Spent Her Whole Life Sailing the Ocean“I was surprised at how little these cats moved,” lead project author Roland Kays told National Geographic. “Most of them spent all their time within 100 meters [330 feet] of their yard.”That’s not to say that all cats were layabouts, however. National Geographic’s Jonathan Losos goes on to note: “Seven percent covered more than 25 acres, and several cats had enormous ranges. The record-setter was Penny, a young female from the suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand, who roamed over the hills behind her house, covering an area greater than three square miles.”Then there was Max, a neutered tomcat from England who walked from his home village of St. Newlyn East all the way to Trevilson—over a mile—and back for no apparent reason. Max made this trek twice in the six days he was tracked, leaving his human as mystified as the researchers.RELATED: Missing Cat Finally Reunited With Owner After It Was Found Wandering the Streets 1,400 Miles AwayIf you have an outdoor cat, reading some of these anecdotes might confirm something you’ve long suspected: that the inner machinations of a cat’s mind are an unknowable enigma—a felicitous riddle whose answer they themselves might not possess.On the other hand, don’t let the tales of adventurous ramblers worry you—the study found that the vast majority of cats are, simply put, “universally lazy”, according to Kays. Aloof though their personalities may seem, chances are our furry companions are strolling just outside our own backyards, and not farther.However, the Cat Tracker Project doesn’t end there. If have you ever wanted to understand your cat’s personality, the project’s website explains: “With help from our colleagues at Discovery Circle in Australia, we know that there are 5 overarching traits in feline personality, aptly named the ‘Feline Five’. They consist of Skittishness, Outgoingness, Spontaneity, Dominance and Friendliness. The results are calculated on a scale, showing how much your cat exhibits characteristics in each of the Feline Five traits.”CHECK OUT: Man Who Loves Cats Transforms Home into Feline Playland—And You Can Too (For Charity)The Cat Tracker Project also has a branch of their work that studies how much pet cats hunt local birds and mammals for sport. By analyzing hair and food samples from participants, researchers can learn about whether a particular cat is “snacking beyond the food bowl”. While this might seem merely like an unsavory side-effect of cat ownership, recent research actually indicates that free-ranging domestic cats in the United States alone kill up to 4 billion birds and 22 billion mammals each year. That could be over three times the population of human beings on planet Earth!This isn’t the first time that the staggering number of birds killed by pet cats has led an intrepid kitty-owner to take action. In 2018, GNN covered a story about a cat mom named Nancy Brennan who had become increasingly frustrated by how many birds regularly fell prey to her pet cat George—and she became determined to stop him from hunting birds by any means necessary.Upon reading an article about how birds tend to take notice of bright colors, Brennan created a rainbow kitty collar for George to wear. Its vibrant hues alerted nearby birds to the cat’s presence, and shortly after, she was delighted to find that George had stopped killing birds.MORE: Frozen Cat That Was Found Unresponsive, Buried in Snow Makes Miraculous RecoveryHer “Birds Be Safe” collar ended up being so anecdotally effective for other pet owners that an ornithologist and professor at St. Lawrence University, S.K. Wilson, decided to run a 12-week scientific study on its success. Wilson’s study proved that cats killed 19 times fewer birds when wearing one of Brennan’s bright collars. The study brought a flood of new traffic to Brennan’s collar-selling site, which now distributes its bird-saving devices to cat parents all across the world—not to mention the stylish flair that the collars give their cats.You can read the full story of George and the Birds Be Safe collars by clicking here—otherwise, if you are interested in volunteering your own feline friend to participate in the Cat Tracker Project, be sure and visit their website for more information.(WATCH the 2014 Nat Geo video on The Cat Tracker Project below) – Feature Photo by Nat GeoBe Sure And Share This Pawesome Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt’s safe to say the drive-thru car wash experience is similar around the world: You pay your money, make sure all the windows are closed so you don’t get soaked, then let brushes and water jets do their thing until the cycle is finished and you can drive away in your sparklingly clean vehicle.That’s not quite how things are working at this ghoulish Tokyo pop-up experience.KOWAGARASETAIAt Kowagarasetai Obakeyashiki, drive into the darkness of a covered downtown parking garage, and expect to wail and howl as blood lashes the windows, haunted zombies scratch at the doors, and terrifying ghouls rock the car. Don’t worry: Once you’ve lived through the ‘stuck in a vehicle in a zombie apocalypse’ experience, your car will be thoroughly sterilized and wiped clean.You can even place your order for an “extra bloody” experience—a $9 add-on.RELATED: One-Legged Man Ties His Disability Into the Best Halloween Costumes Ever – Here’s His 2019 GeniusFor haunted house and horror event production company Kowagarasetai–aka the “the Scaredy Squad”–the idea of doing a haunted car wash actually came about because of the pandemic.“With the virus, I knew there would be no way we could have a traditional haunted house, with all that screaming in a small confined space,” founder Kenta Iwana told CNN Travel. “When I read that drive-through theaters were making a comeback, it was my ‘aha’ moment.”With that spark, Iwana and the actors have created a thrillingly disturbing experience.If you aren’t in the Japanese capital, or if you don’t have $75 to spend on going through the zombie wringer right now, just watch the digital version of the experience. Lights out, let’s go.(PRESS play on the ghoulish AFP video below.)HAUNT Your Friends With This Awesome Experience on Social Media….AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The philosophy of St. Edith Stein is seen through the lens of vulnerability, Wheaton College professor Dr. Sarah Borden Sharkey said in the keynote address for the seventh annual Edith Stein Conference held at McKenna Hall over the weekend. The Conference, titled “Encountering Vulnerability: Courage, Hope and Trust in the 21st Century,” explored the role that suffering and vulnerability play in humans’ lives. Renée Roden, chair of the fundraising committee for the Edith Stein Project, said the lecture left a lasting impact. “The Edith Stein Project carries on her vision by challenging all the conference participants to discover what our calling is as human beings – the universal calling of all human beings, and our own individual vocation,” she said. “And that is the teaching that is at the core of Edith Stein’s philosophy – the transcendent nature of the human being.” Sharkey’s speech addressed the magnitude of Stein’s philosophical and religious work, along with her unique desire to share with others the importance of perseverance and vulnerability. Sharkey began the address with a historical description of the life of Stein. Born in 1891 in Breslau as the youngest of 11 children, Stein lived in a peaceful and stable Europe. Her success in school reinforced her hopes and anticipations to continue her education at the university level. In 1913, Stein began work with Dr. Edmund Husserl, a professor of philosophy at Gottingen University, Sharkey said. After volunteering as a nurse in Austria during World War II, Stein converted to Catholicism while committing to the holy and celibate life. “[Stein] was neither married, nor pursued a career where women were welcomed,” Sharkey said. “But, she pursued.” Sharkey said Stein applied to post-graduate programs, but was rejected due to her gender. Stein’s perseverance led her to write a letter to the Prussian ministry about sexual discrimination regarding hiring in the work place. Her plea was responded with a proclamation that sexism should not be allowed in hiring occupations, Sharkey said. Sharkey used Stein’s teaching to deliver a message to the audience. “Protect rather than tear down others,” she said. She quoted Stein saying, “You can recognize faults and failings of others if you’ve experienced those faults and failings.” Reflecting on the title of the Conference, Sharkey said Stein felt it was a vocation to suffer with Christ by accepting that suffering makes us stronger. Sharkey said the audience should recognize that we belong to a world of meaning and values. Stein believed these values shape the way the community engages with the world around them.