So Floating Cow Farms Are A Thing Now
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So Floating Cow Farms Are A Thing Now

Don't worry, the cows don't get seasick.

I recently met with Peter Van Wingerden, the CEO of Beladon, an innovative architecture firm that just so happens to be in the process of creating the first floating cow farm in the port of Rotterdam.

Yes, you read that right. Beladon is creating a floating cow farm. That is a thing now. The future is here. We can construct floating structures that don't impact aquatic life below while allowing us to capitalize on one of our largest resources: water.

So, coming soon to a port in Rotterdam, cows will be floating on the water in a cute, little pasture and we will be harvesting milk from them and selling it as dairy products to all of Rotterdam.

But, that cute, little pasture is not so cute and little. The project is massive, and an innovative step in not only the future of farming, but also sustainability.

Not only are there going be floating cows, but the entire system that holds the cows is nearly 100 percent sustainable and green.

In other words, the entire project is nearly energy free. The net energy use is zero. Does farming get any better?

But, let me break this down for you a little more, because the beauty is in the details. And I kid you not, while Peter was discussing this with me, I got chills.

Basically everything is used. The entire system is cyclical and environmentally friendly. The cow's urine is soaked through a porous grassland, where it is then transported into an airtight facility in the bottom of the floating structure. The urine is then transformed into fertilizer.

The solid manure remains above the porous pasture. And, I kid you not, drones go around and pick up the manure so that it can later be used for fertilization and other green processes in the neighboring floating farm for plants.

So yeah, Beladon has thought this through. The plants will be grown and harvested. Some will be sold; others will be used as feed for the cows. The cows will eat the feed and then go to the bathroom.

They also will produce milk and dairy products to be sold to Rotterdam at competitive prices. The cows' manure and urine will then be used to fertilize their pasture and the plants in the other floating structure. And did I mention there are solar panels?

There are solar panels.

And the best part of all is that Beladon is working on figuring out methods to use the actual farts of these cows in order to capture the methane and produce more energy and green impact.

Another option they are considering is conducting research on the possibilities of seaweed feed, which ends up producing zero methane when the cows need to let a big one rip.

And if you don't think that this floating farm is already one of the most amazing, futuristic projects happening right now, let me tell you about the freedom of women's rights in this beautiful little floating oasis. Yes, these cows will get to exercise more rights than some of us.

Because the female cows get to decide when they want to be milked by a - wait for it - milking robot. They also have the freedom of choice in regards to when they want to eat, sleep, sit in the shade, walk around, start a soccer league, etc.

What really got me was that Beladon is working extremely closely with the Chinese government to help them produce more food for their citizens, create green jobs and increase the nation's greenness and environmentally friendly networks. That's a lot more than we are doing in the U.S.

But, arguably, the most inspiring aspect of this whole floating cow farm is that Beladon is valuing the importance of green and sustainable education. The entire facility is open to the public, with multilayered spaces showing students and children the intricacies of the green project.

Young people and the future generation of innovators will be given access tours and educational opportunities to learn more about floating farm technology.

Yep, so this is the future. It is here, and it is amazing.

Oh and did I tell you that Beladon worked with scientists to ensure that the cows don't get seasick because the Dutch government was worried? That happened.

And don't worry, Beladon did the tests.

The cows will be fine.

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"Assassin's Creed" Is Going To Be An Anime

I thought they learned from the movie.

The producer of the anime adaptation of Castlevania, set to come out on Netflix on July 7, has announced that he will be helming an anime adaption of Assassin's Creed, explaining that he "could never have imagined that one day Ubisoft would ask me to take the world of Assassin's Creed and create an original story set in it as an anime series."

That's really all we know so far. Is it on Netflix? Beats me. How anime are we talking? I dunno. What do they mean by "original story"? Your guess is as good as mine.

I'm not huge on the games, finding the concepts intriguing but stale after so many lackluster games, and I can't help but wonder if Ubisoft didn't learn from the movie. It did get only an 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, after all.

Video game adaptations do not do well... like, ever (Warcraft, Resident Evil, Tekken, and Prince of Persia to name a few) . It's rare. Anime adaptations of them are usually questionable at best, too (Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation, anybody? No? Just me? It was trash, you're better off). Granted, there are some great ones (Persona 4), but it can be totally hit or miss.

It also goes without saying that this is being done in LA, not Japan, so who knows how it'll turn out?

I personally am really OK with the Assassin's Creed franchise fading out after this. Let it die. It's been stale for so long. Just let it go, it's OK.

Everybody wants to milk the cash cows so badly that they'll make anything for 'em. We'll have to wait and see how this turns out, especially with Origins on the horizon. I won't be holding my breath, personally, but if you're into it, give it a shot when it comes out.

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How The Enormous Iceberg Separating From Antartica Impacts Us

Not quickly, but quietly.

Over the past number of years, an enormous crack had developed in the Antarctica ice cap. Just this morning, the crack that stretched 120 miles in length separated from the rest of the continent. The iceberg that is now floating solo weighs more than a trillion metric tons and has tremendous implications for our future.

Short term, it seems that many maps will need to be redrawn and recreated due to the colossal break from the Antarctic Peninsula. The scientists who have been observing the crack and witnessed the break cannot say whether or not the breakage occurred as a result of climate change or not.

It is not expected to rise the sea level by much, but it may initiate a series of breaks in the continent that could lead to significant sea level rise.

The breakage doesn't change anything immediately, but over time could mean a lot, especially considering what the continued rise in global temperature will mean for the ice caps. With sea levels expected to rise, this could put entire cities underwater, impacting the world as we know it tremendously.

I'm sure the observers will keep close watch over the iceberg, its behavior and its melting rate to see if it does, indeed, contribute to the rising sea level. Let's just hope it doesn't crash into a cruise ship and break it in half. Been there, done that.


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4 Reasons Hangovers Are Worse In the Summer

Advil. Need advil.

A hangover may be a sign of a good night, but it's hard to embrace that thought when you're dragging around and miserable all day. A hangover itself is bad enough, but add the summer to it and you're in for an even worse time. Here's why:

It's hot af.
When you wake up nauseous and spinning, the last thing you want to do is spend the day at the pool...unfortunately for you, you already made plans to go with your family, so sweating out the alcohol is your only choice. Friendly tip: bathing yourself in sunscreen may temporarily mask the smell of alcohol as it drips from your pores.

You're home.
Hiding a hangover at school was never a problem, because nine times out of ten, your roommates were just as hungover...and if they weren't, they were helping you treat yours. Now, you're trying to turn the music up loud enough to cover your puking noises in the bathroom right next to your little sister so she doesn't freak out and tell your mom that you're "sick."

You can't sleep all day.
Unless you have no summer job...which means you're either broke af or your parents are rich af. Regardless, it was totally acceptable to skip classes on Friday mornings to recoup after Thirsty Thursdays got a little more wild than you expected, but skipping your summer job isn't really an option. You need the income to even afford your alcohol, and hiding your hangover from your boss is almost as hard as hiding it from your investigator of a little sister.

Day drinking is now in play.
For the first time ever, you might have to turn down a fun time. In school, it was rare that the days were spent drinking because you had class...so you had at least 12 hours to recover from your hangover before it was time to turn up again. Now, you're having a bonfire one night and floating the next morning. There is no time for hangovers...so turn up and hope that drinking is the cure for its own consequences.

I wish I had advice for us all, but I have none. Hangovers suck, but that's just part of life. Actually...don't make plans to be outside the night after a big shin-dig, that's the only advice I have to give. Good luck drinking, class... it's gonna be a long, hungover summer.

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7 Things We Hate About Swimsuit Season

Floating tampons and saggy bottoms.

Summer is finally here and you've already started to plan your summer beach trip. With all the stress of finals and starting the summer internship, any escape from stress is much needed.

While beaching it up is always a blast, there are definitely some things we absolutely hate about putting on a suit to hit the sand...

1. Constantly concerned about what to eat
This is the obvious one, but it just straight up sucks. Everything in the media and magazines tells us we have to get our bikini beach bodies ready and here I am hitting up gelato for the fourth time this week. DON'T COME FOR ME LIKE THAT.

2. Wedgies
Certain bikini bottoms appear to fit when you try them on in the store, but attempt to walk even three steps on the beach and it's all the way up your asscrack. Mixed with the sand and saltwater and you've got the makings for some diaper rash-type problems.

3. Saggy butts
You decide to pay a pretty penny for that bikini bottom, only to have it start to sag a few wears in (no, it's not my butt that's the problem, thank you). If it gets to the point where it's TOO loose, one wave and you wind up going commando -- and this time, it's not by choice.

4. "Base" burn
Because certain parts of your body have not seen the light of day in MONTHS, that first day out in the sun can be brutal. Talking ready to be served at Red Lobster the fry so good. You keep telling yourself it will tan later... but will it?

5. Tan lines
Cute trendy swimsuits usually just mean hideous tan lines. Cut outs are a nightmare. As I'm typing this, I have random stripes up my arm from falling asleep in the sun in a cutout. What's the point of working on your tan if you're too embarrassed to show it?

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6. Sand everywhere
Literally EVERYWHERE. In places I didn't even know it could reach! Then it somehow travels to your bed.

7. Tampon terror
Any and all of these possibilities are terrible: your string pops out and shows, your full tampon comes out and floats away to haunt an innocent bystander, it gets so soaked you can literally feel it inside you. Pleasant!

Despite all these horrible occurrences that often come at the price of wearing a suit in the summer, one look at the water and the feeling of sand in your toes instantly makes up for all of it.

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Things I'm More Prepared For Than Settling Down

Dude, I'm 20. Relax.

If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, it's filled with Tasty videos, brazen political opinions from people who likely can't even name three members of Congress, and, oh, everyone I graduated high school with getting engaged. We get it, you found true love at an early age, but nothing terrifies me more than the thought of missing the metaphorical party of life because I left the pregame with someone at 8 p.m.

Let's be honest: I'm not prepared to get married and settle down. Last week I let my desk plant die because I just wasn't committed enough to put in the effort anymore. So on that note, here's a list of things I'm looking forward to more than settling down.

Checking my grades online
We all knew this day would come. I was just hoping that day would be much later.


Graduation
Being forced to hold down a real-ass job and paying for all kinds of new expenses I never even knew existed? Sign me right up.

Bikini season
Sure, I might have gained 10 pounds since spring break from an overdose of chicken nuggets and I might look like one of the Chick-Fil-A cows myself, but at least my commitment to fast food can be terminated without legal counsel.

Running into my ex
Oh, you're dating someone hotter, you have a great internship and I'm wearing no makeup picking out frozen entrees for one at the grocery store? Sounds awesome!

Another Selena Gomez single
Sure. At this point why not?

The 2016 Presidential election
Basically like choosing between "would you rather gain half your body weight a week before spring break every year of your collegiate career or have to wear jeans all day every day for the next four years?"

Running a marathon
I'll take 26.2 miles over 26.2 unfulfilling years any day.

The Rapture
Please, snatch me up from this earthly dwelling. As long as I'm allowed to stay single in heaven.