Awesome new animation envisions Earth in 250 million years

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Earth in 250 million years won’t be the planet we know and love today. Plate tectonics theory says plates comprising Earth’s outer shell glide atop the mantle, causing continents to drift apart or come together. In an animation from Business Insider using projections from Northwestern University professor Chris Scotese, the Earth millions of years in the future looks like a very different place.

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Woman’s lost engagement ring found rooted to a carrot – 13 years later

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Fukushima is surrendering to nature six years after nuclear meltdown

Nature has come for Fukushima. Six years after a nuclear meltdown resulted in a mass exodus of neighboring residents, the Fukushima prefecture is slowly being engulfed by a sea of green. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

France aims to roll out world’s first autonomous high-speed trains within 7 years

High-speed trains in France could soon be driverless, if the country’s national railway operator SNCF has anything to say about it. They aim to test what they call drone trains in 2019, with the hope all the country’s high-speed TGV trains could run autonomously around four years after that. SNCF President Guillaume Pepy said if the project is successful, they will be the world’s first operator to run a high-speed autonomous train.

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New discovery suggests humans are 100,000 years older than previously thought

The surprising discovery of fossilized remains of five early humans in Morocco has led archeologists to believe that Homo sapiens originated 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. What’s more, the remains — which are estimated to be 300,000 years old — are resettling all former notions of how and where modern humans evolved.

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Oregon couple spends years building their net-zero ‘extreme green dream home’

Desert Rain features three renewable energy systems: a solar PV array; a solar thermal drainback system for heating domestic water and powering the hydronic floor system in the Main Residence; and solar “hot air” system, which aids in evaporating liquid from the composting system.

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Stanford study says fossil-fueled cars will vanish in 8 years as big oil collapses

It might seem as if the world is resisting “going green,” but a new study published by Stanford University suggests that within eight years, citizens will have no choice but to invest in electric vehicles or similar technologies. This is because the cost of electric vehicles – including cars, buses, and trucks – will ultimately decrease, resulting in the collapse of the petroleum industry.

 

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4.4 billion years ago Earth had no mountains and was covered with water, say scientists

Tiny grains of zircon have allowed two scientists at Australian National University to paint a portrait of Earth over four billion years ago. Their scrutiny of the mineral grains – the oldest fragments of Earth we’ve ever uncovered – led them to think our world was a much different place back then. They say Earth was mountainless and barren, and probably only had a few islands poking up above the water blanketing the rest of the planet. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This man spent 36 years carving through mountains to bring water to his village

 

In 1959, the small village of Caowangba in China’s Guizhou Province had a problem – a drought had dried up all the nearby water sources, and residents were forced to rely on a single well for drinking water. Even that single well was faltering, sometimes leaving the people of the town without enough water to go around. Worse yet, the town’s single rice paddy had dried up, making it hard for residents to access enough food. Something had to be done. But rather than give up and move… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk’s latest company aims to make us cyborgs within the next four years

Elon Musk must have had a bunch of spare time, because he is now CEO of a third company: Neuralink. The San Francisco-based startup says on their website they are “developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.” Basically, Musk wants us all to be cyborgs.

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