The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura. The violins are fashioned from oven trays, the cellos from oil barrels. Even the strings are recycled.
The residents of Cateura, Paraguay, don't just make a living from the massive garbage heap in their town. They also make music - crafting ingenious instruments from the trash. Bob Simon of 60 Minutes reports.
Amazon's Prime Air might be available to customers in 4 to 5 years, so says Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon. Amazon has been working on the project in their next generation R&D lab. The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less, from one of their 96 distribution centers, using unmanned aerial vehicles that can carry up to five pounds. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take a number of years as they await the necessary FAA rules and regulations. This is footage from a recent test flight. See page at: amzn.to/PrimeAir
Watch Jeff Bezos introduce Prime Air on 60 Minutes: cbsnews.com/news/amazons-jeff-bezos-looks-to-the-future/
The 'School We'd Like' winners: Horniman primary's pedal-powered radio station. Last year Horniman primary scooped one of three £5,000 prize funds up for grabs in the competition. Here, student Milo gives us a tour of the school and their winning project.
Sea World as it should be...
Whale watching in the Gulf of Biscay.
Climate Change — The state of the science.
Produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia and funded by the UN Foundation for the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.
The data visualization summarises and visualizes several of the most significant statements in the IPCC's latest summary for policymakers published September 2013. This summary covers the physical science basis of climate change. In 2014, IPCC will publish summaries concerning societal impacts, mitigation and adaptation. climatechange2013.org
Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion
Around the world a growing movement of people are using their creativity, design skills and purchasing power to demand fashion without pollution. United by a shared belief that the clothes we wear should carry a story we can be proud of, activists, bloggers, designers, scientists and models have been able to convince big brands including Zara, Mango, Valentino, UNIQLO and H&M to commit to toxic-free fashion. There is still a long way to go, but our successes so far prove that when we work together, big brands are forced to stand up and deliver.
For more information or to find out how you can join the campaign visit: greenpeace.org/detox
Rachel Maddow shows how the power of corporate opponents of GMO food labeling can cause a popular initiative to lose at the polls. www.msnbc.com
"The Urban Elephant" a touching story of Shirley and her keeper, Solomon James. Trapped in a man-made world, Shirley's life at the Louisiana Purchase Zoo was a lonely one, bereft of the company of other elephants. Follow Shirley and Solomon through a life of captivity to release in the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary. This two-time Emmy Award winning film was produced for PBS's Nature Series. www.argofilms.com
Note the coal tar accidents: plastics, saccharine, synthetic dyes, microwaves from radar equipment, teflon from chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants...all these unnatural mishaps are in contact with our food...
A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, Derek Muller of Veritasium (youtube.com/user/1veritasium) intentionally discovers unintended (scientific) discoveries, such as the pacemaker, post-it note, and viagra.
Derek's Channel: youtube.com/user/1veritasium
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What happens when you pay two monkeys unequally? Watch what happens.
An excerpt from the TED Talk: "Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals." Watch the whole talk here: www.ted.com/talks/frans_de_waa...
Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey has proposed that our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive.
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Watch More Shots of Awe on TestTube: testtube.com/shotsofawe
In 1991, Cuba's economy began to implode. "The Special Period in the Time of Peace" was the government's euphemism for what was a culmination of 30 years worth of isolation. It began in the 60s, with engineers leaving Cuba for America. Ernesto Oroza, a designer and artist, studied the innovations created during this period. He found that the general population had created homespun, Frankenstein-like machines for their survival, made from everyday objects. Oroza began to collect these machines, and would later contextualize it as "art" in a movement he dubbed "Technological Disobedience." motherboard.vice.com
Al Gore is worried about the future. We're at a point, he says, where the very survival of civilization as we know it is at risk. But he's optimistic, too, for a number of reasons. Motherboard sat down with the world's most famous—and certainly busiest—vice president to talk about two possible futures.
In one, Americans kick-start an "Occupy democracy movement" to restore our political system, which Gore says has been "hacked," to come together to fight climate change. In the other, human civilization literally lies in ruin. Here's how Al Gore thinks things will unfold.
Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.
From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year!
To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activites, you can find them at urbanhomestead.org
Urban and near-urban farming can be highly productive, causing whatever size of land you have to work with to produce with more abundance. It is time to solve hunger worldwide, through creating local food abundance.... Anyone can do it, once you learn how.
A venomous, invasive predator lurks within the Atlantic Ocean.
Lionfish are not native to the Atlantic Ocean. The venomous, fast reproducing fish are aggressive eaters and will consume anything and everything, gorging so much they are actually getting liver disease. With no known predators -- except human beings -- they can wipe out 90% of a reef.
Lionfish were first recorded decades ago and their population has grown quickly. They produce 30,000 to 40,000 eggs every few days and are sexually mature by 1 year old. Today, you can find them throughout the Amazon, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and in the waters along North Carolina.
"The lionfish invasion is probably the worst environmental disaster the Atlantic will ever face," said Graham Maddocks, president and founder of Ocean Support Foundation, which works with the government and research agencies to help reduce the lionfish population in Bermuda. Katie Linendoll gives a special report for CNN. www.cnn.com
Biologist Mohamed Hijri brings to light a farming crisis no one is talking about: We are running out of phosphorus, an essential element that's a key component of DNA and the basis of cellular communication. All roads of this crisis lead back to how we farm -- with chemical fertilizers chock-full of the element, which plants are not efficient at absorbing. One solution? Perhaps … a microscopic mushroom. (Filmed at TEDxUdeM.)
Mohamed Hijri is a professor of biology and a researcher at the plant biology research institute (l'Institut de recherche en biologie végétale) at the Université de Montréal. His work focuses on the most common and widespread symbiotic relationship on earth -- between plant roots and a type of fungi found in the soil called arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). These fungi improve plant growth by increasing roots' ability to absorb phosphorus, while also boosting resistance to pathogens.
As Hijri points out in his talk, the study of AMF and a deeper understanding of them could have big implications for agriculture and could help divert us from an impending crisis -- that we are quickly running out of phosphorus.
Tigers, Lions & Leopards love boxes too!
To find out more about Big Cat Rescue, their mission and volunteer opportunities please visit their website: bigcatrescue.org
GMO Free USA produced this video to aid Washington voters in making an informed decision this coming November. There is much misinformation coming out of the "NO ON 522" campaign and one of the untruths being told is that GMO food labeling will increase food prices. There is nothing farther from the truth. Chemical companies like Monsanto and Dow are deceiving the public in pursuit of profits. They're producing genetically engineered foods that have not been tested for long-term human health safety and are pouring millions of dollars into preventing you from knowing what foods contain GMOs.
Washington has a RIGHT TO KNOW. Please lend your support here: yeson522.com
Britain Newsnight's reporter Jeremy Paxman talks to Russell Brand...
Brand was the guest editor of a revolution-themed issue of Britain's New Statesman magazine, released in October, that includes a 4500-word manifesto by the actor/activist. In the current interview Jeremy Paxman asks why anyone should listen to a man who has never voted in his life.
Brand explains why he doesn't vote:
It's not that I'm not voting out of apathy, I'm not voting out of absolute indifference, and weariness, and exhaustion from the lies, treachery, deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations now and has now reached a fever pitch, where we have a disenfranchised, disillusioned, despondent underclass that [is] not being represented by that political system, so voting for it is tacit complicity with that system."
"I don't get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people," says Russell. "I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity."
"The burden of proof is on the people with power" and "we are exploiting poor people all over the world" and "the genuine legitimate problems of people are being ignored".
Brand feels a revolution is inevitable and that one of the triggers of the revolution will be Climate Change.
How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car -- which he calls "a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device" -- by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.
Jeff Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm's projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His new book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, is now available in print, digital, and audio format.