Apr 152014
Urban Algae Canopy produces oxygen and biomass

The Urban Algae Canopy by ecoLogic Studio is a piece of bio-digital architecture that combines micro-algal cultures and real time digital cultivation protocols. To be displayed at Expo Milano 2015, the structure is able to control the flow of energy, water and CO2 based on weather patterns, visitor's movements, and other environmental variables. It's the [...]

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Apr 152014
Peak Oil Bingo

John Michael Greer of the Archdruid Report created this game in response to those who bleat “But it’s different this ti-i-i-i-ime”. How to play: Visit Peak Oil Denial Bingo:http://buzzwordbingogame.com/cards/peak_oil_denial/ Click/Mark each block when you see or hear these words and phrases. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout "Crocodiles!". [...]

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Apr 102014
Everything is a Remix vs Patent Trolls

Engine Advocacy worked with artist Kirby Ferguson (of Everything is a Remix fame) to create this great primer on patent trolls. It beautifully and succinctly lays out the patent problem, which is one of the hottest topics on the Hill right now. EFF, Public Knowledge, and Engine are pushing for people to call their senators [...]

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Apr 102014
Major corporations call for trillion tonne carbon cap

Wait… what? What's the catch?  Seriously, though, this is an encouraging step in dealing with climate change. Unilever, Shell, BT, and EDF Energy are among 70 leading companies today calling on governments across the globe to step up efforts to tackle climate change. The companies, which have a combined turnover of $90bn, say the world [...]

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Apr 092014

Heartbleed is a serious security issue, and it's a good thing that OpenSSL is free software. This has allowed the bug to be identified, and fixed rapidly after being disclosed. /via +Chad McCullough  Reshared post from +Will Hill Embedded Link Free Software Foundation statement on Heartbleed vulnerability — Free Software Foundation — working together for [...]

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Apr 092014
Cement companies merge, creating carbon behemoth

It’s not surprising that water is the most consumed substance on Earth by volume. It is surprising that concrete is the second most. It is also one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Concrete is composed of 10 to 15 percent cement, the production of which generates a lot of carbon [...]

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Apr 092014
Canada's broadband goals lower than most in OECD

In an article entitled Digital Canada 150: Why Canada's Universal Broadband Goal is Among the Least Ambitious in the OECD +Michael Geist writes: The release of Digital Canada 150, the federal government's long-awaited digital strategy, included a clear connectivity goal: 98 percent access to 5 Mbps download speeds by 2019. While the government promises to spend [...]

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Apr 082014
Scramble for Africa threatens to leave continent starving

In five short years, rich countries have acquired about 80 million hectares of land in Africa and other developing countries in what is now a worrying trend. Critics have dubbed this “the big land grab”, or “the new type of neo-colonialism”. … What is new in this “second scramble for Africa” is the scale, size [...]

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Apr 082014
Heartbleed: OpenSSL vulnerability explained

This is an excellent presentation that clearly explains in simple terms the recent bug found in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic libraries used to secure access to most web servers. There was a devastating security flaw in the OpenSSL implementation of the SSL / TLS protocol (CVE-2014-0160), known as the heartbleed vulnerability. The vulnerability occurs in [...]

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Apr 082014
Building resilience into our food systems

Managing for resilience is based on our ability to recognise thresholds of undesirable change and to either increase the resilience of the system we manage, helping it to bounce back from a disturbance; or to deliberately change the system, if that seems a more sensible thing to do. An inability to manage thresholds will tend [...]

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