socks and stories

Jul 30, 2014

thinksquad:

Located in Costa Mesa, California, Newlight Technologies is forming plastic out of thin air. Literally.

"We would be breathing this right now," said Mark Herrema, Newlight’s CEO.

Herrema sees both sides of the climate change debate.

"You’ve got people on one side who say, if we enact carbon legislation it’s going to cost the economy, and they’re not wrong," Herrema said. "On the other side, we have people who say this is a huge problem and we need to do something about it, and they’re not wrong, either. The problem is they haven’t been able to find something that works for both sides."

The 32-year-old may have found that “something.” He’s figured out how to make plastic out of destructive carbon emissions that would otherwise heat the atmosphere, rather than with fossil fuels such as oil. Most importantly, he figured out a way to do it cheaper. It’s something he has been working on for 11 years since he started the company with his friend Kenton Kimmel in his parents’ garage.

"We’re not the first people to have the idea of turning greenhouse gas into plastic," Herrera said. "The thing that was missing was that no one had figured out how to do it cost-effectively."

Here’s how it works: Carbon emissions are captured from farms, landfills, and energy facilities and are fed into a 50-foot-tall reactor at Newlight’s plant. A bundle of enzymes strips out the carbon and oxygen and rearranges them into a substance they call air carbon.

The product is then melted down and cooled inside tubes and sliced into little plastic pellets that can be molded into anything.

Herrema calls it “a disruptive technology that’s gonna change the world.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/company-unlocks-secret-to-making-plastic-out-of-air/

(via athomewithlana)

Jul 30, 2014

hush-yaelle:

squided:

whatmariadidnext:

two4fit:

TABLOID HEADLINES WITHOUT THE SEXISM

"WOMAN IN TRACKSUIT PROBABLY NOT DISOWNED BY ENTIRE FAMILY"

"probably"

That’s what you get for reading the daily mail in the first place

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Jul 30, 2014

im-offtoseethewizard:

levis-short-ass:

lyndseyls:

yourtubes:

I genuinely apologize for how I looked in middle school

and high school

and now

i might as well apologise for the future too

(via peanut-butter-sexual)

Jul 30, 2014

udaitaxim:

nonsensicles:

giraffepoliceforce:

Still pretty proud of my response to this.

You know what’s also a great fuck you to Hitler? Showing that a black man is just as worthy of filling those shoes.

Or maybe even having a real black man go to Berlin in 1936 and single-handedly crush Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy.  But I guess comic-book characters are a cool way to make that statement, too.

udaitaxim:

nonsensicles:

giraffepoliceforce:

Still pretty proud of my response to this.

You know what’s also a great fuck you to Hitler? Showing that a black man is just as worthy of filling those shoes.

Or maybe even having a real black man go to Berlin in 1936 and single-handedly crush Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy.  But I guess comic-book characters are a cool way to make that statement, too.

(via thirstg0ddess)

Jul 30, 2014

ally0mazing:

Best insults of all time

(via fuckyoudoloresumbridge)

Jul 30, 2014

methhomework:

why does dora’s parents allow their 6 year old daughter to run around the forest in a crop top and play with wild animals

(via pubertylucifer)

Jul 30, 2014

burgerkid:

burgerkid:

burgerkid:

Who does a pharaoh talk to when he’s sad?

His mummy.

i lost 10 followers already

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Jul 30, 2014

Jul 29, 2014

disneyvillainsforjustice:

-teesa-:

7.23.14

George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.

"Another scene I remember now as an adult is every morning at school we started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag…there was the American flag flying over the camp but I could also see the barbed wire fence and the sentry towers pointing at us from my schoolhouse window as I recited the words ‘With liberty and justice for all’." - George Takei, The Daily Show (July 24, 2014). 

Full Episode (apologies, The Daily Show website does not have the best video player). 

To Be Takei documentary official website. 

- Mod Dawes Sr. 

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Jul 29, 2014

smilefor-medarling:

Some of these are so awkward, and some are great, and there’s that one with the dad that’s just 100% heartbreaking.

(Source: owmeex, via actualcannibalhannibalecter)