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Two recent posts speak to the potential of a rising trend: converting small amounts of human energy into usable electricity. The first is a proposal from a design firm in New York to turn the energy expended rotating a revolving door into power. The second is borderline ridiculous, but well-intentioned:..

Two recent posts speak to the potential of a rising trend: converting small amounts of human energy into usable electricity. The first is a proposal from a design firm in New York to turn the energy expended rotating a revolving door into power. The second is borderline ridiculous, but well-intentioned: an "energy tail" you strap to yourself, which generates power from the friction of two rollers against the ground (to mitigate some of the absurdity of this, it was designed for rural Africa, where energy is in short supply).


I wonder what the potential impact of technology like this really is. More specifically, is the cost to develop and implement this technology worth the potential energy savings it engenders? Follow up question: Did someone at Toyota have the same attitude when an engineer suggested capturing the energy produced while braking to charge the Prius's battery? I'd be curious to know if these incremental energy saving could really add up to something big, or if instead this is a technology designed to create a new marketplace, but not real solutions.

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A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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