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Slat told FastCompany that he expected the original design to clean up half of the massive garbage patch in 10 years for $320 million. Now, he expects the new design to cut that timespan in half and to cost the group significantly less than that amount. Since he and his team still need to fund the project, though, they plan to use the plastic they collect to make items they can sell, such as sunglasses, chairs and car bumpers.
Smith was born a decade after the town went up for sale, and the area’s been in sharp decline ever since. “I don’t want to bad-mouth Trammel,” Smith said. “I love it, but it’s almost a populated meth lab at this point. There are no more jobs there.” During childhood, he said that his family was either in poverty or his parents were struggling to find work. When I asked if his father worked in the mines, he launched into a history of his family and coal. “All my papaws and great-papaws worked in the mines,” he told me. “Baby boomers worked the mines, too, but the jobs declined before my father was old enough to work in them. But coal mining is more about the culture and less and less about the jobs.” He said Appalachia has a case of Stockholm syndrome with the coal industry.
On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to consider a challenge to a ruling striking down North Carolina’s restrictive voting law. But a parade of other voting rights cases are headed toward the court.
The bill was originally proposed by Assembly Member Richard Gottfried in 1992 and has passed in that chamber a total of three times, most recently in 2016. As the Voice reported in January, the plan would finance a universal health care expansion through progressive taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers and save money on pharmaceuticals by buying them in bulk. Coverage would resemble that of Medicaid and Medicare and include services like eye care and dental.
Krasner told his wildly enthusiastic supporters tonight that “[o]ur vision is of a criminal justice system that makes things better, that is just, that is based on preventing crime and is based on building up society rather than tearing it apart.”
“Since day one there was always the idea that we’d be instituting some form of agriculture into the design of the building,” says Brandon Specketer, a senior associate at COOKFOX, the architecture firm that designed the building. “The question was more about how it’d work into the design in a meaningful way.” Because the building is so big, there are plenty of nooks and crannies to tuck fun stuff throughout its 17 stories, and what the designers came up with is a whopping 520 square-foot gardening space on a huge eighth floor terrace.
Perhaps Musk meant this as a long-term projection, because when pre-orders opened up last Wednesday, Tesla and SolarCity also rolled out a calculator to give prospective customers an estimate on how much a solar roof would cost them. For many, the projected cost was well above the cost of a basic asphalt roof with a 30-year warranty, but roughly in line with the cost of a normal roof plus solar panels. For others, the projected cost was much more than what they would expect a new roof with any amount of solar panels to cost.
The blood of the endangered Komodo dragon is known for its toxicity, but the world’s largest lizard also appears impervious to disease and infection. A team of researchers who spent the past four years analyzing Komodo blood discovered it’s loaded with compounds that could be used as antibiotics. They say they’re hoping to turn those compounds into drugs that may be worth billions of dollars and save millions of lives. “I’ve got a 6-year-old daughter who sleeps on a stuffed Komodo,” says lead researcher Barney Bishop. “I’d like her to grow up in a world with effective antibiotics.”
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