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River roll call as 'swan upping' gets under way on Britain's Thames
19 July 2017 - Six old-fashioned skiffs interrupted the sleepy pace of life on a stretch of the river Thames on Monday as teams embarked on the annual 'upping' -- a combined census and health visit for swans. The upping sees three teams, one representing Queen Elizabeth and one each representing the old trade associations of the Vintners and Dyers livery companies, patrol the river for five days, and capture, tag, and then release any families of swans with young. (more)

US: Miami suburb will require solar panels for all new homes
19 July 2017 - Rooftop solar panel installations will be required for all new residential construction, along with some home renovations, in a Miami suburb. The South Miami ordinance that takes effect September 18 was modeled after similar ordinances recently passed by San Francisco and three other California cities. (more)

US: South Portland's major solar array project begins
19 July 2017 - Construction has started on what is expected to be Maine's largest municipally owned solar array. The Portland Press Herald reports installation began at South Portland's capped landfill Tuesday, 18 July. The one-megawatt solar array will be composed of 2,944 solar panels. Officials expect the array to generate 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year. (more)

Peru government expects economy to expand 2.8 percent this year
18 July 2017 - Peruvian Prime Minister and Finance Minister Fernando Zavala said on Tuesday [18 July] that the economy will likely grow 2.8 percent this year before expanding by between 3.8 percent and 4 percent in following years. Zavala told a press conference that the centrist government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski expects the nation's economy to eventually reach a 5 percent annual rate of growth. (more)

Royal tradition: Counting the swans on the River Thames
18 July 2017 - The annual count of swans belonging to Queen Elizabeth II has begun on the River Thames. The five-day event known as Swan Upping dates back to the 12th century . . . Now it is more about conservation. Data from the census is collected to assess the growth of the swan population. Swan Uppers -- a team of dedicated boaters -- are tasked with finding swans on a specific stretch of the River Thames. When a group of cygnets [young swans] is spotted, they cry 'All Up,' then mark the young birds and check them for disease or injury. (more)

Samsung to recover rare metals, components in Galaxy Note 7s
18 July 2017 - Samsung Electronics plans to recover gold and other metals and components from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to reduce waste. The South Korean company said Tuesday that it expects to retrieve 157 tons of gold, silver, cobalt, copper, and other metals from millions of smartphones that were recalled and discontinued last year after their batteries were found to be prone to catching fire. In another effort to reduce waste, Samsung has begun selling 400,000 units of Galaxy Note FE phones in South Korea made from unused parts of recalled Note 7 smartphones. (more)

Tourists flock to Cambodia's new world heritage site
17 July 2017 - Tourists flocked to Cambodia's newest world heritage site on the weekend, the 16th and 17th century forest temple of Sambor Prei Kuk after it was recently added to the U.N. cultural organization's heritage list. Cambodia attracts tourists from around the world who often make a beeline for the Angkor Wat temple complex, another world heritage site. On July 8 UNESCO added Sambor Prei Kuk or 'temple in the richness of the forest' in the Khmer language to its heritage list. Located 206 km (128 miles) north of the capital Phnom Penh, it is home to numerous temples, 10 of which are octagonal. (more)

70-year-old YouTube hit redefining beauty in South Korea
17 July 2017 - One of South Korea's most popular YouTube stars is a 70-year-old grandmother whose cool, undaunted style and hilarity are a breath of fresh air in a social media universe that exalts youth and perfect looks. Park Makrye's videos are all about showing off her wrinkles and her elderly life in the raw. Young South Koreans find her so funny and adorable that big companies like Samsung Electronics and Lotte are banking on her popularity. (more)

Peru: Old-school camera captures Andean festival (+ AP video)
13 July 2017 - One by one, Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd positioned the traditional dancers, musicians, and vendors in front of an old-fashioned box camera in Peru's Sinakara Valley as a colorful Andean festival exploded all around them. The men, women, and children were among the tens of thousands of pilgrims representing some eight nations who came to this sacred place in Quispicanchis province in Peru's Cuzco region for the annual Snow Star Festival ... (more)

US: New partnership makes it easier to prove Pilgrim ancestry
13 July 2017 - The number of people trying to determine whether they are descended from a Mayflower passenger is surging as the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival in the New World approaches in 2020. Now, a partnership announced Thursday [13 July] between the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants is making it easier to figure out. The Boston-based genealogical society is digitizing and indexing authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies and 50 years' worth of the 'Mayflower Quarterly' magazine, and making them available at its research site, www.americanancestors.org. Thanks to several television shows, genealogical research is now America's second-most popular hobby after gardening, said Lea Filson, governor general of the Plymouth-based General Society of Mayflower Descendants. (more)

Study: Ravens can see ahead
13 July 2017 - ...Scientists are reporting that real-life ravens think about the future. In a series of tests, ravens showed signs of a general planning ability that previously had been documented only in people and great apes. Even monkeys have failed to show it. Ravens showed they could plan by setting aside a tool that they suspected would get them a tasty treat later. And they prepared for future bartering, too. Swedish researchers Can Kabadayi and Mathias Osvath of Lund University ... reported the results in a paper released Thursday by the journal Science. (more)

US: Lotus flowers blooming just in time for Los Angeles festival
13 July 2017 - Pink and white lotus blossoms are blooming just in time for a Los Angeles festival named after the aquatic flowers. The Lotus Festival -- the 37th annual at the city's Echo Park Lake -- kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend. The celebration traditionally honors Asian cultures. Food, art and music from Bangladesh will be featured this year. (more)

US: Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit looks at Japan's fine craft of bamboo basketry
12 July 2017 - Bamboo is getting attention these days as a versatile and sustainable material for housewares, so the timing is good for a Metropolitan Museum of Art [in New York City] exhibit that explores Japan's ancient craft of basketry. 'Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection' is devoted to masterworks, including a half dozen works by two artists designated as Living National Treasures in Japan. To highlight the works' virtuosity and context, they have been displayed alongside paintings, ceramics, bronzes, kimonos, and other pieces from different genres. (more)

Tips for taking better photos of your garden and wildlife
12 July 2017 - It's so easy these days to pull out a phone and take pictures of anything anytime, but a little time and thought can produce better garden and wildlife photos. 'There's a big difference between that for-the-record shot that preserves a memory and getting a really nice image,' says Brenda Tharp, author of the new book 'Expressive Nature Photography' (The Monacelli Press). [In this article The Associated Press gives] some tips from Tharp and other nature photographers: (more)

New electric London cabs to make foreign debut in Amsterdam
11 July 2017 - A new electric version of London's classic cabs will be exported to Amsterdam next year, its first overseas market, and the firm could source the batteries in Britain, the head of the Chinese-owned London Taxi Company (LTC) told Reuters on Tuesday, 11 July. Chief Executive Chris Gubbey said the firm had picked the Netherlands as its first export market due to its receptiveness to new technology and the new model's compatibility with the needs of disabled people, including its ramp and high roof. 'It is a city that is very progressive in terms of protecting and improving its air quality,' he told Reuters. (more)

US: Colorado joins 'climate alliance' of states fighting global warming
11 July 2017 - Colorado's governor signed an executive order on Tuesday (11 July) making his state the latest to join a 'climate alliance' of U.S. states and governors seeking to meet the goals of the Paris accord . . . The order calls for Colorado to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 26 percent from 2005 by 2025 and lower carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 25 percent, among other goals. 'Coloradans value clean air and clean water,' Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper said in a written statement. 'Our strong economy is a reflection of how our exhilarating outdoors attracts young entrepreneurs and the talent they need for their businesses.' (more)

Washington, D.C. hidden gem ready to shine as Lotus and Water Lily Festival begins
11 July 2017 - Every spring, millions of tourists and locals alike flock to see Washington, D.C.'s cherry blossoms in full bloom. But there's another national park tucked away in a corner of D.C. that offers spectacular blossoms over acres of gardens, and that's the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens -- the only U.S. national park dedicated to aquatic gardens. July is when the aquatic gardens shine. And this weekend [15 July], the park will kick off the Lotus and Water Lily Festival, a weeklong event featuring hands-on activities for the kids, gardening demonstrations for the grown-ups, and natural beauty on display for everyone. Visitors from all over the world come to see the exotic water lilies and lotus plants. (more)

UNESCO awards Lake District in England World Heritage site status
9 July 2017 - The Lake District in England has joined the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal, and Machu Picchu by being awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) committee praised the area's beauty, farming, and the inspiration it had provided to artists and writers. About 18 million people visit the Lake District each year . . . It is home to England's largest natural lake -- Windermere -- and highest mountain -- Scafell Pike. (more)

'Whales ho!' Sailors, conservationists help keep whales safe
9 July 2017 - For centuries, sailors have shouted their own language aboard -- 'Hoist sail!' 'Prepare to come about!' 'Anchors aweigh!' Now they're teaming up with conservationists to put a new twist on another ancient cry -- 'Whales ho!' The sport of sailboat racing and nonprofit groups are floating new guidelines aimed at increasing awareness of the majestic mammals and reducing potentially fatal collisions with endangered North Atlantic right whales and other species. (more)

Google to power Dutch data center with solar energy
7 July 2017 - Google will purchase all the electricity generated by the largest solar park in the Netherlands over the next decade to power a recently opened data center housing thousands of servers, the U.S. internet company and energy provider Eneco said on Friday, 7 July. The Eemshaven data center, which ... opened in 2016, is one of four Google operates in Europe. (more)

Struggling Moroccan youth find hope in cooking school
7 July 2017 - A retired French chef is working to solve Morocco's youth unemployment crisis. Robert Labat, a former chef, is founder of Agape, an informal cooking school. The goal of the non-profit program is to train students for the work force, and its graduates are already finding solid work in Moroccan restaurants. (more)

The mystery behind Greece's temples
7 July 2017 - Studies show that the ancient Greek temples could have astronomical intentions -- but on what scale? Some feel the placement of Greece's temples was not random. Manolo Fernandez, a Spanish language teacher and amateur astronomy enthusiast, is sure that the perfect isosceles triangles made by the sites reflect the movements of different celestial bodies such as the sun, moon, or planets and stars in relation to the Earth's surface. George Pantazis and Evangelia Lambrou, associate professors at the National Technical University of Athens, recently used rigorous geodetic methods to determine the astronomical orientation of Ancient Greek temples. They found an extraordinarily symmetric positioning between the temples of the Parthenon and Hephaisteion, ensuring both had the same view towards the east. ... And there are a slew of other studies indicating that classical temples were built to align with the stars ... (more)

Large Hadron Collider double heavy particle to shine light on strong force
6 July 2017 - Scientists have detected a new particle at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland. The discovery will help researchers learn more about the so-called 'strong force' which holds the centres of atoms together. The existence of the new particle was theoretically predicted but this is the first time it has been identified. (more)

France set to ban sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040
6 July 2017 - France is set to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040, in what the ecology minister called a 'revolution'. Nicolas Hulot announced the planned ban on fossil fuel vehicles as part of a renewed commitment to the Paris climate deal. Norway, which is the leader in the use of electric cars in Europe, wants to move to electric-only vehicles by 2025, as does the Netherlands. Both Germany and India have proposed similar measures with a target of 2030. (more)

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