New study suggests it’s time to replace modern, grassy lawns

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The lush green lawns surrounding many American homes and businesses and that fill beautiful parks and other outdoor spaces might not be the greatest idea, according to Australian scientist Maria Ignatieva and Swedish scientist Marcus Hedblom. In a new Perspective piece published in the Science journal, the urban ecologists suggest that it might be time to rethink the modern lawn.

Ignatieva and Hedblom say that the negative environmental consequences of green lawns far outweigh the natural benefits,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Drone operators disturbing wildlife incur fines and jail time in Scotland

The number of cases in Scotland involving drone interference with animals on nature reserves has increased lately causing police and wildlife experts to become “increasingly concerned” for the welfare of the protected animals. Among the most intruded upon species are seals and several varieties of birds. While nature reserve managers and wildlife specialists are encouraging outsiders to watch and enjoy the nature and animals in the sanctuary, mounting numbers of injuries caused to the creatures as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Bering Sea ice is “at record low levels for this time of year”

Arctic sea ice is low, with Bering Sea’s sea ice extent “is the lowest recorded since at least 1979,” according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC). In April, Arctic sea ice extent was 378,400 square miles under the 1981 to 2010 average. And according to Earther, the Bering Sea has been something of a ground zero this winter, with sea ice disappearing when it was supposed to be growing in February, rebounding slightly in March, and then plummeting in April.

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Bottlenose dolphins spotted in Canadian Pacific waters for the first time

Bottlenose dolphins tend to reside in warm, temperate waters — but researchers recently glimpsed a group of around 200 of the dolphins and around 70 false killer whales off northern Vancouver Island’s west coast in Canada. They said this sighting is “the only occurrence of common bottlenose dolphins recorded in Canadian Pacific waters” — and a warming trend could be to blame.

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Turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for the first time in nearly 20 years

Plastic used to pile five feet high in some spots on Versova beach in Mumbai, but in 2015, lawyer Afroz Shah launched what the United Nations described as the “world’s largest beach cleanup project” — and people recently spotted Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings there. It’s the first time turtles have been born on this beach in years. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New technology could slow down biological time to save injured soldiers’ lives

Sometimes the difference between life and death is a matter of time. For injured soldiers on the field, the minutes between when a medic can treat them can make all the difference. That’s why DARPA is looking into ways to slow biological time in order to give medics the time they need to help.

 

We can learn a lot from life around us. For instance, some organisms like tardigrades can essentially suspend animation when conditions are hostile to life. DARPA wants to tap into that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Super blue blood moon eclipse to occur next week for the first time in 150 years

On January 31, turn your eyes to the sky, because the moon is going to do something that it hasn’t done in a century and a half. On the last day of the month, lucky celestial viewers are going to witness a super blue blood moon eclipse.

So what is a super blue blood moon eclipse? Let’s break it down. The supermoon is when the full moon is closest to the Earth, so it looks extremely bright and big. A blue moon is when the moon is full for a second time in a calendar month. Then, while all… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This mesmerizing lamp reacts to earthquakes across the globe in real time

This minimalist lamp responds in real time to earthquakes around the world. French artist Fabien Bouchard, who works under the name ParseError, linked the lamp to the data from IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) to which it reacts by emitting light pulses and rumble-like sounds.

The clean, simple design makes the Earthquake Lamp a beautiful object for any home, but its purpose makes it more than a beautiful light source. The artist, who lived through the great 2011… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Super blue blood moon eclipse to occur for the first time in 150 years

On January 31, turn your eyes to the sky, because the moon is going to do something that it hasn’t done in a century and a half. On the last day of the month, lucky celestial viewers are going to witness a super blue blood moon eclipse.

So what is a super blue blood moon eclipse? Let’s break it down. The supermoon is when the full moon is closest to the Earth, so it looks extremely bright and big. A blue moon is when the moon is full for a second time in a calendar month. Then, while all… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Double whirlpool spotted in nature for the first time

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have observed “double whirlpools” in the natural world for the first time. Until now, the unusual fluid dynamics phenomenon had only been theoretically envisioned. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building