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  • Rats hunt land mines

    Here’s another rat story but with a positive spin instead of ending up at the wrong end of a pitch fork. In Tanzania rats have been successful trained to hunt land mines. Now thailand is trying the same along the Burmese border where humans and elephants have had a history of land mine casualties. “Rats have excellent [...]

  • Chickens for F-16′s

    from:Atlantic Monthly Lockheed Martin wanted to sell F-16 fighter jets to the Thai government The Problem: Lockheed Martin was competing with Russia’s Sukhoi and Sweden’s Saab. Also the Thai government didn’t want to pay in cash, so it proposed paying with 80,000 tons of frozen chickens. The Role of U.S. Diplomats: They actually worked to [...]

  • Gowanus Canal Water Vacuum

    Jerko, the Water Vaccuum is a converted house boat that is outfitted with a floating wetland to clean the toxic gowanus canal which was recently designed as a super fund site. from Columbia Water Center: According to the EPA, the Gowanus Canal was “the repository of untreated industrial wastes, raw sewage, and surface water runoff [...]

  • 1982 Manhattan Farm Intervention

    Last weekend I heard Agnes Denes talk the Creative Time Summit, on her project Wheatfield — A Confrontation (1982). It’s really a classic project but one that I hadn’t heard of. Quite simply she pulled off the unimaginable, she planted and harvested a two-acre wheat field on a landfill in lower Manhattan blocks away from [...]

  • Chicken Nugget Paste

    This is the paste that is half way through the process of turning chickens into chicken nuggets. “Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve—bones, eyes, guts, and all. it comes out looking like this. There’s more: because it’s crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia, soaked in it, actually. [...]

  • iceburgs find new home

    Iceburgs: multipurpose architectural placeholders until developers resurrect their projects. “With the economy on hold, there are lots of good (and some bad) construction projects currently frozen mid-construction, leaving a glaring rip in the urban fabric. As Woods Bagot New York Principal Jeffrey Holmes traveled to work every day, he contemplated these voids and wondered what [...]

  • DMZ line to turn into protected wildlife zone.

    The DeMilitarized Zone between North + South Korea is to be turned into a protected wildlife zone.This is one of the rare areas that has been left completely untouched for 50 years and is home to several endangered species like to Korea Tiger and Asiatic Black Bear. While only 2 miles wide, it provides a [...]

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