the connected states of america

this is what the usa looks like if it was drawn based on who talks to whom.

from the Connected States of America project at MIT.
check it out for more ways to map.

via Good

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belgian solar train tunnel

it’s two miles long and helps power the train between amsterdam and paris. check out the extended aerial fly over shot below. (but first hit mute because the music is so bad it might make you think this is a really bad idea.)

as the guardian.uk article says

“For train operators, it is the perfect way to cut their carbon footprints because you can use spaces that have no other economic value and the projects can be delivered within a year because they don’t attract the protests that wind power does,” said Bart Van Renterghem, UK head of Belgian renewable energy company Enfinity, which installed the panels.

from good.is via the guardian