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Amsterdam's New Underwater Parking Garage is the Future of Green Transport
Massive underwater bicycle parking garages have replaced above-ground car parking in many Dutch cities. The new garage at Amsterdam’s Centraal Station can hold 6,300 personal bicycles and 700 more for bikeshares to facilitate the first or last mile of rail journeys. The project was four years in the making, but locals consider it well worth it. Bicycles now easily outnumber citizens in the Netherlands, with data showing that 35 percent of Amsterdammers use their bicycles daily.
How a Barista Saved This Veteran's Life With a Simple Question
Nicole McNeil only knew Vince as “Trenta Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, full pumps” for years, until one morning when she noticed her customer looking a little glum. After her shift, she sat down with him and asked what was wrong, and found out that Vince, an army veteran, was sick and needed a kidney transplant. McNeil went home and started brainstorming with her husband, also a veteran, on how to help him, when her husband had the idea to see if he was a match! As fate would have it, the two were a match, and Vince is now recovering with a new kidney.
This Toy Rental Company is Helping Families Reduce Waste and Clutter
Sonia Nijjar's son was born, and she immediately began researching ways to reduce her environmental impact as a parent. She found The Toy Exchange Club, which sends families a box of toys for three months, along with a guide on how to play with them and what developmental milestones the child should be reaching through that play. At the end of the three months, the families return the box in exchange for a new box of toys that are more challenging. This business is becoming more popular as people attempt to find ways to shop in a more sustainable way.
A New Artificial Skin Could Transform Touch Screens and Video Games
Recently, scientists have developed a new electronic skin that is said to be more touch-sensitive than human hands. The artificial skin consists of two thin, flexible fabric electrodes sandwiched around a layer of spongy material soaked in ion-sensitive liquid. This stack of materials acts as a capacitor, allowing it to pick up on changes in pressure or differences in charge between electrodes with extreme sensitivity. Scientists hope that this will help ramp up robotics, improve touch-screen interfaces, and even help people regain their sense of touch.
This Violinist Performed a Duet With Her Washing Machine - And it Was Amazing
Boglarka Gyorgy, a professional musician noticed that her washing machine seemed to be playing a classical tune. After doing some research, she discovered that it was indeed a feature of a particular Samsung line of washing machines. She couldn't resist the urge to grab her violin and perform an impromptu duet with her appliance—and then post it to Instagram, of course. The result was a hilarious, impressive and viral hit.
This Bio-Designer is Creating Flavorful Future Food With Algae
The newest ingredient being used in food innovation? Microalgae. While it might not sound appealing, microalgae are packed with proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. hat's why German designer Malu Lücking decided to give microalgae a makeover, with a project she calls "Landless Foods." She works on growing microalgae on edible agar jelly, which functions like a stock cube and can be added to soups and sauces for a burst of flavor.
NASA's Lucy Probe is Visiting a Bonus Asteroid This Year
There’s been a slight change to the Lucy prob’s already-impressive itinerary: The NASA spacecraft, currently on its way to visit Jupiter’s mysterious Trojan asteroids, will fly past a tiny main belt asteroid in order to test an innovative tracking system. The target asteroid, VD57, is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and will be the smallest main belt asteroid ever visited by a spacecraft. The opportunity presented itself after Lucy's launch in October 2021, and NASA is excited about the upcoming results.
A Team of Biologists Just Rescued a Dolphin Stranded in a Canal
This dolphin was alone in a Clearwater, Tampa creek for more than two weeks, raising concerns about its health and safety. That's when rescuers from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, NOAA Fisheries Service, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission created a human chain to guide a dolphin out and back into Tampa Bay. The team worked to create a visual and sound barrier that would encourage the dolphin to swim through on its own. Thankfully, the rescue was successful and the dolphin is now safe.
How a Youth-Led Project is Sparking Hope for Canada's Indigenous Communities
The House of Hope is a community-based project in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., that was established to provide youth with a place to go and something to do. The program offers sewing classes, cooking lessons, music sessions and more, all led by community members who want to help the youth stay away from drugs and alcohol. According to Nathan Kuptana, one of the program's founders, the House of Hope has already made a difference in the lives of many young people in Tuktoyaktuk.
A New Poll Shows Birdsongs Boost Wellbeing for 90% of People
The Big Garden Birdwatch is the largest garden wildlife count in the world, and helps scientists understand how different bird species are faring from one year to the next. This year's event is taking place this weekend, and people are being urged to spend an hour counting birds in their garden or local park to help out. Last year, a poll commissioned by the Birdwatch found that 91% of people agreed that seeing birds and hearing birdsong had a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.