How do you keep a cold city cool during the summer? Mongolia's capital city — , its average temperature at the peak of summer is 72 degrees Fahrenheit — has an idea that sounds adventurous.
During the cold months, the city of Ulan Bator wants to create artificial glaciers that will then melt slowly during summer, absorbing some of the heat and helping to keep the temperatures down. Here's how Wired explains the process in their piece today:
An Asian lizard that likes to come out at night has become a prime target for hunters looking to make a quick ringgit, dong or Philippine peso.
The tokay gecko is reputed to have HIV-fighting properties, though there is no scientific evidence to support that notion. And it's been an ingredient in Asian traditional medicines for lots of other uses, including cancer.
The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have rejected the latest contract offer from management. The impasse peaked late last month, when the players declined an offer to sign all the musicians who remained in Louisville but cut the orchestra to 55 members by June 2013. They differed on how many players should be hired up front and how long the cuts should take. The management then began seeking replacement musicians.
The biggest names on the Internet — Google, Facebook, Twitter, AOL and eBay — are banding together to urge Congress to scrap the Stop Online Piracy Act, which they say poses a huge threat to the Internet. The House is set to debate the measure today.
Just one week after he prevailed in the city’s special election, Bruce Wilkerson was sworn in as Bowling Green’s mayor before Tuesday night’s regular commission meeting. With Wilkerson sworn in, the commission had 30 days to appoint a new commissioner to fill Wilkerson’s seat. That move only required 30 minutes. Once the regular meeting started, Wilkerson asked the commission to add an item to the agenda so the commission could vote to appoint Joe Denning, who was defeated by Wilkerson in last week’s election. The vote came just half an hour after Wilkerson was sworn in.
Personal phone calls and text messages are no longer allowed during class time for Frankfort Independent teachers and staff. Board of Education members gave final approval to a new policy Tuesday, banning personal cell phone use by employees during class time. Calls and texts must now wait for planning periods, lunch breaks or before or after school, according to the new rules. Brad Hughes, spokesman for the Kentucky School Boards Association, says very few school districts statewide have policies related to personal use of cell phones during class time. That’s because most of the policies only come up when there’s a problem, he said.
What does a clothing company that sells high-end products with names like Nano Puff know about the fish business?
"It is a big jump," Yvon Chouinard, the storied founder of Patagonia, admits to The Salt. He's talking about the company's new plan to sell fish — salmon jerky to be exact — at his retail shops around the world.
The Occupy Wall Street movement continues to protest policies that have made the top 1 percent of income earners richer, while about 14 million Americans are out of work.
Meanwhile, the Congressional supercommittee only has one week left to come up with a plan that will cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit. Republicans are opposed to raising revenues by raising taxes, even on the wealthiest Americans, who have seen their taxes dramatically cut over the past 14 years.
On Dec. 13, Gov. Steve Beshear will become only the second Kentucky governor to be sworn in to a second consecutive term. To oversee the state's 59th inaugural celebration, the governor Wednesday named eight inauguration committee co-chairs.