Giant manta ray nursery discovered in Gulf of Mexico

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Researchers have identified the first recognized giant manta ray nursery in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico, about seventy miles offshore from Galveston, Texas. Graduate student Josh Stewart first made this discovery whilst studying adult mantas in the area. “I was there trying to get a genetic sample from a full grown manta, and that’s when I saw it. It was a juvenile male manta, which is a very rare,” Stewart told NPR. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Solar-powered mountain home is a sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Like many places across the U.S., the real estate market is booming in Aspen, Colorado. As companies move in to replenish the dwindling housing inventory, one real estate developer hopes to provide a more sustainable alternative to inevitable onslaught of cookie-cutter homes. Working in collaboration with San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design, the developer has completed a solar-powered dwelling that serves as a new energy-efficient prototype for speculative real estate in Aspen.

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