Farms That Save Space for Flowers Give Bees a Boost

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In 2005, England introduced incentives to farmers to plant more bee-friendly flowers on their land. Similar incentives also exist in the E.U. These agri-environmental schemes have been shown to attract bees a provide them with a good source of food, but the new paper shows for the first time that they are also associated with increased populations.

Backpack Doubles As Reading Light So Children In Indian Slums Can Still Study During Power Cuts

The bags, which have solar panels attached to the sides, can be charged while the students walk to school, or play outside, Saha explained to the Hindustan Times. Salaam Balak Trust, an Indian NGO, agreed to partner with her, and so far, about 30 to 40 bags have been given to children free-of-charge, with the help of funding from Cheil India, The Better India reported.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/11/light-bag-india_n_6656444.html

 

Backyard beehive invention allows honey on tap

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“One thing we hadn’t realised but that an experienced beekeeper pointed out to us is that it’s going to mean a lot to people keeping bees in an urban situation in their neighbourhood because most of the time bees take off and mind their own business, but they get upset and sting people when you open them up and disturb them. With our design the bees are busy at the front of the hive while we drain honey out of the back, making it much safer.”

Read more: http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/food-news/backyard-beehive-invention-allows-honey-on-tap-20150223-13lu72.html

The Eiffel Tower Just Got A Wind Turbine Makeover

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As part of its first major retrofit in 30 years, two custom-designed wind turbines have started generating power for the Eiffel Tower. Located above the World Heritage Site’s second level, about 400 feet off the ground, the sculptural wind turbines are now producing 10,000 kWh of electricity annually, equivalent to the power used by the commercial areas of the Eiffel Tower’s first floor.

Read more:  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/02/24/3626338/eiffel-tower-gets-wind-turbines-installed/