5 Things to Know Today: January 24, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
In case you missed it, you have to check out this viral video from the Netherlands to Trump (it’s hilarious), Mark Zuckerberg makes his first move to “cure all disease,” and there’s a new net-zero farmhouse that will make you feel like a farmer of the future.
1. Mashable: In a viral video, the Netherlands introduces themselves to Trump in a way that will “appeal to him most.”
A Dutch news satire TV show previewed how the international community might respond to President Donald Trump's swaggering approach to foreign policy, and it’s the funniest thing you’ll watch today. They brought up how the Spanish were total scumbags, German isn’t a real language, and how they built an entire ocean between them and Mexico. The point? It might be America first, but perhaps…The Netherlands second?
2. Tech Crunch: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan make their first move to cure all disease.
Yesterday, the organization announced it had acquired Meta—the AI search engine tailored to scientific research—and will make the start-up free to use in the near future. Zuckerberg says the potential for Meta is “limitless: a researcher could use Meta to help identify emerging techniques for understanding coronary artery disease; a graduate student could see that two different diseases activate the same immune defense pathway; and clinicians could find scientists working on the most promising Zika treatments sooner.”
3. Washington Post: Trump signed executive orders to continue the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.
Trump said that both pipeline projects, which are currently stalled for reasons relating to their environmental impact, will go through renegotiations. He also signed an order to expedite environmental reviews of other projects, saying that the existing process is “incredibly cumbersome.”
4. Inhabitat: A new net-zero solar farmhouse can generate all its own energy.
Net-zero building fans already love Deltec—a North Carolina company that offers prefabricated home design—for their Renew Collection of affordable energy producing homes. The line's latest design, a classic "Solar Farmhouse" looks straight out of Country Living, but uses futuristic technology to achieve net-zero energy.
5. Nylon Magazine: This woman tried to live zero-waste for five days, and she learned new ways to reuse and recycle.
Through Kirby Kelly's zero-waste experiment she found that buying recycled clothing is more rewarding than buying fast fashion, and making your own hygiene products—like toothpaste from baking soda and deodorant from coconut oil—isn’t too difficult. According to Kelly, when you consciously reduce waste, you also save money, eat better, and banish toxic chemicals you don’t even realize you consume.