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Over 18,000 “People” Join the World’s First Hologram Protest in Spain

Spain’s “Holograms For Freedom” movement drew thousands of virtual protestors rallying for their all-too-real rights.

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On the night of April 10, the streets of Madrid swarmed with protestors. They were demonstrating en masse against a series of highly-controversial Spanish laws which, once in effect, will severely limit the ability to protest in that country. But, while the rally was both well attended and vociferous in its opposition to the new legislation, it was perhaps most noteworthy for the fact that nearly everyone in attendance—reportedly 18,000 total—were not really “there” at all. They were, instead, holograms, projected in front of Spain’s Cortes Generales parliamentary building for the first holographic protest of its kind.

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Yes, a Tree Falling in the Forest Makes a Sound

Coast of Death, a gorgeous documentary by an experimental filmmaker, visually upsets the man v. nature balance of power

Still from Coast of Death

The tree we first watch collapsing to the floor of its ever-dwindling forest is well-miked, so we're sure to hear the sound it makes when it falls. But first we hear the panting lumberjack approach and pull-start his chainsaw. He's joined by several others, and soon the logs they've accumulated require specialized heavy machinery to stack.

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When Vacationing Doesn’t Mean Having to Act Like a Tourist

If Spanish startup Trip4Real had its way, you’d never go on a double decker bus again.

Local sailor Marc Vilanova offers people tours of Barcelona’s coastline

“Visitors come to Barcelona and think it’s all sangria, playa, and paella. And it’s actually not this,” says Gloria Molins. “In Spain we have such a huge gastronomy culture, and in Barcelona it’s not really about paella and sangria.”

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Video: Spain's Stunning Solar Towers Video: Spain's Solar Thermal Towers

Watch this video to see the future of large-scale, carbon-free electricity production.


Concentrated solar power—aka solar thermal, aka the "other solar"—will be a core element of the transition from dirty coal to clean energy. The advantage of coal plants is that they produce a steady, predictable amount of electricity for a relatively cheap cost. Concentrated solar has the potential to do that. A while back, I devoted a post to the basics of the technology. In that piece, I highlighted a CSP plant near Seville, Spain, that, at the time, was the world's largest:

Today's CSP projects aim to generate power on an industrial scale, creating a baseload electricity supply that could potentially replace large, centralized fossil fuel-burning plants. Just this week, the world's largest (but not for long) CSP operation plugged in-the PS20 plant in Seville, Spain trains 1,255 mirrors on a 531-foot tall water-filled tower. The intense heat boils the water, which creates steam. The steam spins a turbine, and-voila!-electricity is generated. Under optimum conditions, the plant can churn out 20 megawatts of juice, enough to power 10,000 homes.

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Pyramids, Plates, and Pagodas: Dietary Guidelines From Around the World

As the USDA updates the food pyramid to match its new Dietary Guidlines, check out what a healthy diet looks like around the world.

Several dietary guidelines graphics were found via the European Food Information Council; the rest came from each country's own government health page. For more food pyramid coverage on GOOD, check out our design competition brief and its winning entries, as well as this proposal for a double pyramid that includes environmental as well as human health.

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Voting in Spain Is Satisfying... Sexually

Voters in Spain are being encouraged to vote by this new orgasmic PSA

While voters using Illinois's new mail-in vote system may be able to vote naked, voters in Spain are being encouraged by this orgasmic PSA. Please note that in the 2008 election in Spain, 75 percent of the country's eligible voters went to the polls. In America, it was a mere 57 percent. Which is why you don't get to have as much pleasure when you vote.

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