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In the first official account of what happened at Slate on the night of March 11, the Communist Party daily Pravda today described the sequence of events which led the venerable website to neglect posting the trailer for upcoming HBO miniseries Chernobyl . To keep its readers fully informed and limit public hysteria about the incident, Slate is running an English-language bulletin circulated by the Tass news agency summarizing Pravda’s reporting on the situation.
More than half of the shoreline in Sydney, Australia, is now artificial. This might fix that. Volvo, the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef Design Lab have collaborated to help restore rich, vibrant aquatic environments and reduce water pollution with something they call the ‘Living Seawall’.
As summer approaches the Southern Hemisphere, our European neighbours are starting to breathe a sigh of relief after what scientists are referring to as one of the hottest summer seasons in history. The brutal heatwave has led to a prolonged drought in Central Europe, which has had an odd side-effect. In the Czech Republic, rocks locally known as ‘hunger stones’ have begun to reappear on the bed of the Elbe River.
Moldy shoes. I know…
In partnership with our friends at Glenmorangie, we present the final episode in the We Are The World We Create podcast series, dedicated to celebrating those people, and their exceptional creations, that help make the world a more interesting place.
Dead skin cells, soap scum, random food scraps, human hair, pet hair, and just regular ol’ dirt—these are all the things you regularly wash down your sink or tub’s drain. And if they sound gross now, image how much worse they are once they’ve congealed into a stringy, slimy ball of gunk inside your pipes. Yuck! READ MORE »
Apparently, there just aren’t enough snake teeth Down Under.
International beverage maker Diageo seems to be taking the “drink responsibly” warning to heart with this move to reduce plastic waste. Diageo, the manufacturer behind popular booze brands like Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Baileys and Guinness, has paired its latest range of premixes with flavoured, edible and “sustainable” straws. Single-use plastic is the target of their latest tasty innovation.
Everyone’s turning into a multi-tasker these days – fire hydrants included! Dimitri Nassisi, an industrial design student at ECAL in Switzerland, has come up with a fire hydrant design that’s also a drinking fountain for humans and animals. The design, called the Drinking Hydrant, features a blue colour scheme, a lengthened body, two spouts, and a two-way switch that lets users trigger either the spout for human consumption or the spout that pour water into a dog bowl for pet consumption