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Living Planet Report 2016 The future of the planet is in our hands. WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016 shows the scale of the challenge – and what we can do about it. ©: Bjorn Holland / Getty WWF's Living Planet Report 2016 10 digital tips for small businesses Listing your store on Google Places for Business means that it will appear on Google maps. Photograph: Alamy Saturday 7 December is Small Business Saturday, the focus of a huge campaign encouraging us all to spend more of our cash with independent retailers in our communities.

Wind Map An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, not associated with any company. Mycelium Design - Science We currently live in a consumption oriented society that needs to find eco-friendly solutions to deal with consumption and garbage. Recycling and innovation on eco-friendly products are one of the great challenges the society has to deal with. An innovative approach is the use of mycelium for the development of materials. The mycelium of mushroom forming basidiomycetes has great potential for use in applications that relate to architecture and design. The basidiomycete Schizophyllum commune is particularly attractive because it grows on a wide variety of substrates like agricultural waste. We are studying the mechanisms underlying structural and decorative properties of the mycelium as well as their improvement.

The Most Brazen Rip-Off Ever? How the Beverage Industry Brainwashed You to Fear Tap Water The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series. The biggest con job perpetrated on the consumer is not some shady operation selling bogus cures through TV infomercials. America’s biggest snake-oil salesman is actually the beverage industry, or Big Bev, which resells the simplest and most vital product for thousands of times its value. That product is drinking water. Multinationals like PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and Nestle rake in a combined $110 billion a year selling bottled water worldwide.

From Rebel to Statesman: Teaching About the Life of Nelson Mandela What makes a leader great, and when exactly does the transformation take place? In this lesson students and teachers can follow the evolution of Nelson Mandela in archival articles from The New York Times, from his early years as a jailed dissident in apartheid South Africa to his death last week at the age of 95. You may wish to begin by reading Mr. Mandela’s obituary or this interactive timeline. Then explore each era from Nelson Mandela’s life below, reading the original news articles filed by Times reporters in South Africa.

GEO - Group on Earth Observations Global geospatial community to convene in Geneva on May 5-9 Geospatial Media and Communications, in partnership with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and SwissTopo, will host the Geospatial World Forum on 5-9 May 2014 in Geneva. The conference will convene representatives of the geospatial commercial sector and government/policy end users. A program titled, "Geospatial Industry Forging Ties with GEOSS" will be held on Monday, 5 May, and the GEO Appathon 2014 will kick off on Wednesday, 7 May. Find more information here. First Copernicus satellite, Sentinel 1A was launched successfully!

In a Manufacturing First, Innovative Material is Grown by Fungi Biomimicry Published on January 5th, 2012 | by Susan Kraemer Normally manufacturers must rush their products off the assembly line, but EcovativeDesign has a novel approach. They just wait, up to week, and let mycelium do the manufacturing work to construct everything from insulation to packaging materials.