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July 10, 2018

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Jul
2018

LEDs cut seabird death toll from fishing by 85 percent

One of the LED-packing gill nets

According to scientists from the University of Exeter, an estimated 400,000 diving seabirds die annually by getting caught in gill nets intended to catch fish. A new study indicates that the majority of those deaths could be avoided, however, if the nets were to be equipped with inexpensive green LEDs.

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Category: Environment

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Jul
2018

Sustainable skyscraper is sculpted for the wind

160 Front Street will be located near Toronto's iconic CN Tower

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has unveiled a new glazed skyscraper for Toronto, Canada. Due to begin construction in 2019, the 46-story office building is slated for LEED Platinum (a green building standard), and will feature a tapering form that's designed to reduce the effects of the wind.

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Category: Architecture

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Jul
2018

5 dumb phones that are still a luddite’s best friend

Will any of these old lovelies make the list? (Hint: yes)

It's a cliché to say we're addicted to our smartphones, isn't it? You know: any spare moment, there we are, SnapBooking our WhatsFaces or adding likes to our tweet-zones. The fact is smartphones are pretty useful – you can check the weather on one, book a holiday, or take beautiful photos of a lovely vista or cat. But that's as nothing compared to the phones of yore! In those days, phones were real phones – you made calls on them, sent the odd text, and … that was about it. But they were just better – not for any reasons – but just because. Here are five of the finest that prove it beyond any doubt.

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Category: Mobile Technology

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