The undersides of Antarctic ice sheets, thought to be fairly safe for now, are melting. Robert Abbey, the head of the Bureau of Land Management, is planning to retire at the end of the month. Bill McKibben said yesterday that climate campaigners need to be “willfully naive and demand that our system work the way that it is supposed to work” instead of the way it does work, with big money driving decisions. This new LED lightbulb has a cooling system that “breathes.”
How many ways do I love this face-mounted hummingbird feeder? It looks like an off-brand Iron Man costume! It lets hummingbirds drink from the bridge of your nose! It’s called :–2<:, which is pronounced “Eye to Eye” but is really a pictogram of a long-nosed human and a beaky bird facing off! This video about its origin uses every terrible typeface known to man!
We’ve been saying for a while that expensive gas is good news — not just because the expense of filling a tank could drive people into the arms of bikes and subways, but because affordable gas is a sign of a weak economy. But Fox News has continued to cling to the conviction that lower gas prices are best — probably because Obama was president and gas prices were on the rise. Well, now gas prices are dipping a bit, but Obama is still president, so it’s time for their views to “evolve.” Media Matters caught various Foxers claiming that …
The Copenhagen Philharmonic really knows how to make a subway commute more beautiful. Musicians took over a train car during what looks like the morning rush hour, and gave riders a surprise performance of “Morning Mood” from the Peer Gynt suite (aka the music that plays any time a cartoon shows a sunrise).
The info below this video on YouTube kinda sums it up: “A group of baby bears stand behind each other and lick each other’s heads.” How can that NOT be the most amazing video you’ll watch today?
In today’s “shit you can’t afford even though it’s made of garbage” news: genuinely gorgeous, if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it patio furniture made from recycled food and drink packaging.
Climate change could help bring a viral disease called chikungunya to New York City. And if you live there, you miiiight want to get a little freaked out about this, because as LiveScience reports, chikungunya makes swine flu look like piglet sniffles. Chikungunya causes severe joint pain, fever, rash and other symptoms that can last for months, even years, and in unusual cases, death. There is no vaccine and no treatment.
L.A. gets a bad rap for its car culture. But it turns out that Americans’ addiction to milk, cheese, and other delicious dairy products plays just as big a role in the city’s smog problem these days. Scientific American reports that there are 300,000 cattle in the L.A. area, and the bacteria feasting on their waste create the same tiny particles of pollution that make smog particularly nasty.
Arun Majumdar, the head of ARPA-E, the energy equivalent of DARPA, is stepping down next month. Today, Tim DeChristopher is appealing his conviction for disrupting a federal drilling auction. Europeans installed more solar power than any other kind of power last year.