ThinkPad’s classic “little red dot” has become a special “periphery” | Feel Good Weekly

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  • ThinkPad’s “little red dot” has gone to a new place
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art to return some stolen artifacts
  • At "the coolest company in the world", used clothes deserve their own holiday
  • Guano is coral’s newest best friend
  • Mission Zero Technologies: Make "carbon absorption" technology as "portable" as a container

ThinkPad’s “little red dot” has gone to a new place

The “little red dot” on the ThinkPad keyboard, also known as the “TrackPoint”, is a beloved classic design.

When ThinkPad celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, Lenovo Group Vice President Jerry Paradise also said : "As long as ThinkPad continues to exist, TrackPoint will always exist."

I just didn't expect that in addition to appearing on the ThinkPad keyboard, the little red dot would also appear…under people's butts.

At this year’s Lenovo Innovation and Technology Conference, Lenovo collaborated with Dutch 3D printing company Aectual to 3D print these interesting furniture using recycled electronic waste as raw materials.

This stool whose design echoes the ThinkPad’s classic “little red dot” is one of them, providing a little more fun for meeting participants.

Aectual’s 3D printing takes recyclability very seriously. These printed products can be recycled and used as the next round of printing materials after the end of their service life – a total of 7 times.

The upholstery on the stool is made from plastic extracted from recycled electronic equipment.

For Lenovo, this stool is just a small aspect of its sustainable actions.

Lenovo said that its Asset Recovery Services has recycled nearly 800 million pounds of old equipment since 2005 and properly disposed of these waste electronic products.

Metropolitan Museum of Art to return some stolen artifacts

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) is launching a landmark project to return a collection of stolen Southeast Asian sculptures.

The operation involved 14 sculptures from Cambodia and two sculptures from Thailand, most of which were related to the late art dealer Douglas Latchford. In 2019, Latchford faced charges of illegally smuggling stolen artifacts.

The return was made possible by a partnership between the Met and the office of U.S. Attorney Damian Williams. Williams said:

My office will continue to aggressively investigate the illegal sale and purchase of stolen artifacts.

We urge those in relevant sectors, such as cultural institutions, to remain alert to the situation. If you are concerned that certain collections are linked to illegal trafficking, do the right thing: come forward and work with us to return artifacts to their rightful owners.

This is a better outcome for you and your organization than knocking on your door after we investigate.

The relevant artifacts will remain on display at the Met until the repatriation program is launched.

At "the coolest company in the world", used clothes deserve their own holiday

Patagonia, known as "the coolest company in the world," announced on its official WeChat account that this year's "Used Clothes Festival" has officially begun.

From December 23, 2023 to January 15, 2024, Patagonia will increase the value ratio of used clothes recycling from the usual 15% to 30%, encouraging more users to send used clothes for recycling.

At the same time, Patagonia will also launch relevant activities in different stores.

For example, stores in Nanjing will set up activities around used clothes repair and used clothes recycling markets.

Users in Beijing can buy officially cleaned and disinfected used clothes at 30-50% off the original price in stores.

Even before turning the planet into the sole shareholder of the company, Patagonia has always encouraged people to use their clothes for as long as possible.

According to the official introduction, Patagonia attaches great importance to product quality when designing and manufacturing clothing to make it as durable as possible. At the same time, the brand will also provide lifelong maintenance services for clothing to reduce the need for people to buy new clothes.

Patagonia's design philosophy revolves around the concept that the less you buy, the better for the planet.

That's why we build gear that can withstand bumps, scrapes, and fashion trends.

Guano is coral’s newest best friend

Bird poop, which gives many car owners headaches, has become Coral's latest best friend.

A new study tracked the survival of corals around 12 small islands in the Chagos Archipelago and found that guano can help corals recover more quickly from bleaching.

The study pointed out that half of the 12 islands are home to small seabirds, which mainly rely on eating small silvery fish and squid around them. After feeding, these seabirds fly back to the island to rest and defecate. Some of the guano ended up on the coral in the sea:

They pull a lot. They are like conveyor belts, bringing nutrients back.

said Casey Benkwitt, a coral reef ecology researcher at Lancaster University in the UK and co-author of the study.

According to reports, seabird droppings are a mixture that is friendly to corals and contains rich nitrogen and phosphorus. In addition, corals also receive nutrients from eggshells and dead baby bird carcasses.

Fertilizers are also used in your garden, and they cause corals to grow faster than they would without the extra nutrients.

On these reefs, corals grow more than twice as fast as other reefs and recover more quickly from bleaching.

Affected by extreme heat, pollution and other factors, corals around the world are facing a crisis of bleaching, which makes the coral ecosystem more fragile and prone to extinction.

The concern about coral reefs today is that they won't have enough time to recover, as extreme weather events become more frequent and they are hit more frequently.

While "little helpers" like guano can't prevent bleaching from happening, they can help corals recover.

If they can recover between hits, which adds resilience to coral ecosystems, they may also survive better.

Mission Zero Technologies: Make "carbon absorption" technology as "portable" as a container

In the past two years, we have seen more and more startups using "direct capture" methods to reduce carbon emissions, and Mission Zero Technologies' goal is very direct. They want to do it cheaper and more efficiently.

Rather than building a huge factory, the founding team felt that making the capture technology more "fluid" and "decentralized" would be a more efficient option.

There are two steps to extracting carbon dioxide from the air: the first step is to trap the carbon dioxide in the medium; the second step is to extract it from the medium.

Most of the energy and cost is actually used in the second part.

Mission Zero will first use large fans to draw air into the device, and then use cooling towers inside to capture the carbon dioxide; in a large box, the air passes through a film of water mixed with a small amount of simple chemicals, and the carbon dioxide is dissolved in the liquid.

For the second step, Mission Zero uses a method called electrodialysis.

Mission Zero claims the process is three to five times more efficient than other competing technologies.

What's more, the entire set of technology is designed to be installed in a container, so that it can be more conveniently installed where it is needed.

Transporting CO2 also creates a lot of emissions, so if you're capturing CO2 from the atmosphere and then transporting it using fossil fuels, it doesn't make sense.

Next year, Mission Zero will team up with a Canadian company called Deep Sky to build a system for storing captured carbon dioxide underground.

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