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Science: Elon Musk’s Plans For Humans Moving From Earth To Mars Have Likely Been Thwarted (Video)

Dang it.

Musk put the numbers, plans, presentations, and MONEY on it. I was thinking futuristic ‘Martians’ would be humans – ‘terrans’ if you want to speak ‘Star Trek’ about it – in the not-so-distant future. But now we have proof of water on Mars, meaning the possibility of LIFE. And it turns out that we already have a ‘flavor’ of Trek’s prime directive (e.g. planetary protection rules) already in place… and blocking any Space X effort to terraform the Red Planet for human inhabitance. That, and the realization that what it’d take to give Mars an atmosphere is all but impossible.

Watch the vid above and follow the link below to read up.

(But hey, upside: Life on Mars already! Maybe…)

READ: COLONIZING MARS IS UNLIKELY (SPACE.COM)

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This ‘Dr. Frankenstein’ Mechanic Salvages Tesla Cars Doomed To Go To The Scrapheap (Video)

Hmm. A great example of how a craft or hobby can be expressed in the form of activism. We might more readily think of print, TV, or music content creators as activists before a Tesla fix-it guy. But peep. Rich has a mission and a message; putting both out there at great risk. Watch.

Rich is a car enthusiast whose passion is to find wrecked Teslas, bring them back to life, and then share his repair adventures on his YouTube channel Rich Rebuilds.

When he found out that Tesla would not service or support his salvaged cars, he took it upon himself to scour the internet and harvest working parts from several busted Teslas. He Frankensteined them together until his creations were fully operational, at a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new or certified pre-owned Tesla.

Motherboard travels to Massachusetts to meet with the rogue mechanic leading a grassroots movement of DIY fixers who are taking back the right to repair the things they own.

– Motherboard

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There Are Almost 8 Billion People On Earth. But How Many Is Too Many? (Video)

PBS picks up the conversation topic Bill Gates was speaking on in the post on here from a couple of weeks back – overpopulation.

Is overpopulation real? Is Earth filling up with too many humans? How many people can Earth hold, anyway? As our species approaches 8 billion, human overpopulation is a major concern for many people.
– It’s Okay to be Smart • PBS

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Can Saving Too Many Lives Lead To Overpopulation? (Video)

Wow. Sounds like a cold question to even ask, but with going on 7 billion people on Earth… and scarcer and scarcer resources… Well, let’s see what one of the world’s smartest has to say about it.

Bill Gates explains his answer to the tough question from this year’s Annual Letter: “Does saving kids’ lives lead to overpopulation?”

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Why Flint Still Doesn’t Have Clean Water (Video)

Do you think the Flint [Michigan, US] water crisis has been fixed? C’mon. Poorest city of its size in the nation… take a guess.

It’s been over four years and Flint still doesn’t have clean water.

You know, President Trump could really have scored some points by getting the water cleaned up here. Waaaay cheaper than that wall that will NOT get built anyway. Plus, the returns in goodwill and political capital would be very helpful in his run for a second term.

Am I actually giving Donald Trump a tip for Campaign 2020? No. Didn’t need my advice before. Just hoping and daring him to actually do something he could really spin as something he did that President Obama did not do. To help Americans heal AND tell the truth while doing it.

C’mon, Mr. President. This is not rocket science. But speaking of rocket science (Space Force!), there is talk of Elon Musk aka Mr. Put-Men-On-Mars-ASAP stepping in. Really? Is this Administration going to let an actual ‘Rocket Man’ punk them; to let the Space X founder be a bigger force for good in our universe than the Space Force? Yeah, Trump Administration… gauntlet thrown #WaterForFlint

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Environmental Injustice And Racism In Uniontown (Documentary)

I’m from Alabama. From a Black community in Alabama. I know, even before the documentary laid this out, this level of injustice is being done to my people (and by proxy, to ME). Been being done. And it still hurts.

Residents of this town have been living under the thumb of environmental injustice and racism #ThinkingInColor
– NowThis

Dammit.

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Australian Couple Living Totally Off The Grid (Video)

I stay amazed at what folks are doing with tiny house and Earthship living projects. This couple has maxed the off-the-grid tiny house concept for reals though. Check it out!

This tiny house is ready for anything! Completely off the grid, this tiny home on wheels generates its own solar power, collects rainwater, uses solar water heating and even generates it’s own biogas for cooking.

Paul and Annett had been living the city life, in an apartment in Sydney, Australia. A desire to lower their impact on the earth and live closer to nature led them to designing and building their own eco-friendly tiny house powered by renewable energies and moving onto a remote property outside of Byron Bay.

– Living Big In A Tiny House

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Tiny Houses Made Out Of Concrete Water Pipes (Video)

Yeah, the big bad wolf better not even try it. Can’t blow down a house of bricks? Try solid concrete homie!

These houses are made out of concrete water pipes.
– In The Know Innovation

I dig tiny homes and Earthships. Especially this one that one could conceivably dig and put underground. Not 100% sure how water/sewer and heating/cooling would work. And residents will likely rethink that 4th meal burrito… blowing up the toilet in that teeny tubular home has gotta mean the funk will linger a LONG time!

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Uber’s Flying Taxi (Video)

Uber unveiled its flying taxi prototype, which looks like a giant drone from CNBC.

So they came up with a concept for a four-passenger taxi that flies? Now THAT’S how you earn the name Uber for real! This is uberAIR.

The reality of urban air transportation is closer than you think. In fact, Uber Elevate has already started exploring the barriers we’ll need to overcome to make vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) a reality and bringing uberAIR to Dallas and Los Angeles by 2020. Watch this video to see what an end-to-end flight in an uberAIR VTOL will look like. We’re excited to partner with some of the world’s top manufacturers, real estate developers, agencies, and cities to make this vision a reality.

Why VTOL?
With VTOL aircrafts, passengers can enjoy quicker daily commutes, while our cities experience less traffic congestion and cleaner air.

– Uber

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Science: Researchers Develop A Potentially Useful Plastic-Eating Enzyme (Video)

Okay, the breakthrough we hope for in the real world is years away. But considering the fact that much of the plastic waste we produce will otherwise not break down for millennia, scientists may as well get started. And they have… accidentally.

Professor John McGeehan of Portsmouth University, co-lead author on a paper detailing an accidental discovery that could help cure our plastic waste problem, speaks with News Stream.
– CNN

They discovered the enzyme by accident. Yeah, so?? Rubber was an accident, too.

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Portland Water Pipes Bring Water And Power To The People Around The Clock (Video)

Like any reasonable person needed another reason for the country to invest in upgrading its infrastructure.

These awesome pipes generate power from drinking water.
– Our Planet

We need our pipes replaced anyway. Replace them with pipes that generate power while moving that water better. Brilliant!

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Food: What’s In ‘Your Daily Bread’? (Video)

“The bread you’re buying isn’t actually real bread.”
Zooey Deschanel

So, I could file this under Activism. But it’s about our food. And I know if you like your white bread (I do), this may not make you think, “No more of that sh!t for me.” However, we should KNOW what we are eating… what choices we are making. It’s similar to the GMO debate. Whether you think that kind of food is “bad” or not, you should KNOW it’s there, so you can make an INFORMED choice.

You know what… this is going under Activism, too.

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Environmental Racism Is the New Jim Crow (Video)

For those who cannot fathom that race-based discrimination is still a thing…

Vann R. Newkirk II argues environmental racism is the new Jim Crow.
– The Atlantic

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Technology: Whirlpool Turbines Designed To Provide Renewable Energy For Small Communities (Video)

We’ve seen this work on a large scale… Hoover Dam and others… where you wall up a huge reservoir of water and then let it go; the force of the waterfall spinning a turbine that generates electricity. It is all about turning potential into kinetic energy and harnessing the power.

So what if we could do that on a smaller scale? Oh wait, this is no longer a ‘what if’ thing. This is a ‘why not’ thing. And it is awesome!

Clean, renewable, no harm to inhabitants (including the fish), and only one moving part. Genius!

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Imagine A 600-Square-Foot Mansion. Look At This Tiny House (Video)


Japan’s Horinouchi House makes 600 square feet seem like a bona fide mansion.
– Digital Trends

I guess I’m weird when it comes to the desire for a big house and the acres… I actually have flights of fantasy about a tiny home; maybe on a big plot of land, but big being like an acre or less. Plus, I’d rather have one really good toilet in my tiny mansion than four mediocre ones in a big ‘un.

(Too much? Yes? Maybe?)

But check this dream house (in my mind) out. Dope!

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Technology: Tesla’s New Semi Truck And Roadster (Video)

Aw c’mon maaaan! Real-life Tony Stark (aka Elon Musk) had his company whip up a couple of new future whips… and one is a TRUCK????! A damn SEMI??! Wow!

Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new Semi truck and (in a surprise) a second-generation Roadster. The truck is supposed to get 500 miles per charge, while the Roadster is said to achieve 620 miles.
– The Verge

That’s 500 miles, at maximum weight, at highway speed… which Tesla’s truck can get to faster than today’s diesel models. Yeah. Musk’s truck can kick our trucks’ asses.

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Technology: Norwegian Prototype Autonomous, All-Elelectric Ship To Launch In 2018 (Video)

Yes, the Yara Birkeland is all-electric. And autonomous, so no human crew required. Shipping overseas without the pollution, muss, or fuss. Sign us up! Even the ones who don’t want it. Sign them up, too!

(Cost of the new ships = $25 million each. Saving the planet and the lives of potential crew members = Priceless!)

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How Did Teenager Luke Thill Afford His Own Home? Well, He Started By Mowing Lawns (Video)

Not bad. Actually, kind of very cool! Think back to when I was 13… Was I doing anything remotely this bright? Nah. Not anywhere near. Hahaaa!

Now, you armchair conservationists and construction engineers should take note: (1) Luke’s built and “financed” this house on his own, (2) using LOTS of reclaimed/repurposed material, (3) for less than $1500, and (4) HE IS 13 YEARS OLD!

Meet Luke Thill, who at age twelve started working on his very own tiny house- one a mere 5′ by 10′, but with a sleep loft, transforming dining table, and even a small kitchenette. At age thirteen, using money from summer lawn-mowing jobs, and bartering (electrical wiring help in exchange for cleaning out a garage in one case), Iowa’s Thill completed his tiny house – one that he calls the practice precursor to a future “real” tiny house he plans on designing and eventually living in.
– relaxshacksDOTcom

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Future Farm: Growing Food With No Soil And 95% Less Water (Video)

Vertical farms use less land, less water, less energy… and seem to be more efficient at producing food. Facts. But don’t take my word. The video says so, and I am sure the claims are verifiable if you want to go looking.

Me? I hope the authorities are looking into vertical farms. We have almost 7 billion people on this rock, and a lot are going malnourished and hungry.

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Technology: See Teslas In Tunnels, Skating Under The Traffic (Video)

Crazy… like a genius. Yep, real-life Tony Stark (you know, billionaire tech futurist Elon Musk) leaving President Trump’s advisory cabal has left him with more time/energy to put into going to, landing on & living on Mars… making super-cool cars that come when you call them & drive themselves…

Now, we know that we can reduce traffic glut & stress (on people and our environment) if we relied more on high-tech, mass transit, or some combo of the two. But we LOVE being in our own cars (e.g. our own personal travel spaces). So how about this: Musk’s new tunneling business, Boring Company (‘boring’ like ‘drilling’), instead of pushing people onto buses and trains, is trying to make it possible to get our CARS on board. Watch the clip above. See how Musk can help sweep up the traffic mess, while allowing cars to hop on ‘skates’ and sweep past traffic, UNDERGROUND in a tunnel.

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