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Fascinating: At the Guédelon medieval construction site in central France, builders are reconstructing a 13th century castle using only the technologies and materials that were available at the time. Hand-quarried stone cut with hand-forged tools, treadwheel cranes, etc.

latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg

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ithacavoice.com/2019/05/sheep-

"Sheep get to work maintaining Newfield solar array" #solarPower

"...it's cheaper for the company to use sheep for maintenance instead of paying for people to mow and maintain 30 acres during the warmer months.... Unlike goats who will munch on almost anything, sheep stick to grazing on the greenery and not harm any wires or solar equipment."

@Kitts i think this is near you!

(Is this #solarpunk ?)

A prototype non-flammable lithium battery using glass. The researchers behind it claim that its capacity *increases* over time. Others aren't convinced.

Link: A Glass Battery That Keeps Getting Better?

spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/e

Locally-sourced parts - and parts you can repair - can be important.

Link: Tanzania Builds a Drone Industry From Local Know-How and Bamboo

spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/dro

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Since joining iNaturalist, I'm paying more attention to the #birds I see (and, more often, hear). 3/4 of the time, they fly off before I have a chance to take a picture, but I've caught a few.

I learned that most of the #pigeons we see in cities are classified as feral, descended from domesticated pigeons derived in turn from rock pigeons who live on the sides of sea cliffs. Buildings serve as a nice substitute.

inaturalist.org/observations/k

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_pi

#photos #BlackAndWhite

It should have been obvious from the start: screen time is a much less helpful metric than the patterns of HOW people use their devices, what researchers are calling the "screenome"

nytimes.com/2019/05/31/health/

(But it was easy to measure, & people love pointing to a single number.)

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When I learned to
*flip*
pause time I saw
*flip*
no use for it. Nothing
*flip*
could move, so
*flip*
I couldn't do
*flip*
anything in the
*flip*
pause. But then
*flip*
I learned to see a
*flip*
whole page, and read
*flip*
it in my mind. Now
*flip*
I can read all the
*flip*
books.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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Kilobyte, megabyte, etc imply the existence of millibyte, microbyte, etc as fractional byte units. In this essay I will...

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