Today on Planet 100: Talking Tree is a Social Media Sensation (Video)
Today, on Planet 100, a hundred-year-old tree becomes a social media sensation, Yahoo models its newest data center after the humble chicken coop, and Repower America draws on celebrity talent and citizen support to create its latest PSA.Social Media Tree
A 100 year old Belgian tree is the world's most social media savvy plant and with over 4000 friends is way more popular than the average human.
The "talking tree is hooked up with a bunch of technology—ozone meter, light meter, webcam—allowing it to share with people what it feels, hears and sees. The equipment constantly measures the tree's living circumstances and translates this information into regular language—like advising people to ride their bikes on days with air pollution.
You can follow the life of the talking tree via Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Soundcloud. And be sure friend the tree on Facebook.
Read more: 100-Year-Old Belgian Tree Is World's Most Social Media-Savvy Plant
Yahoo's Chicken Coop
While it may not sound very high tech, Yahoo's Chicken Coop is a revolution in data center design.
Located in upstate New York, the radical design of Yahoo's new data center will reduce energy costs by 40%. By taking advantage of the cool winds, the company can reduce the need for the chillers—one of the most energy-intensive pieces of equipment in a traditional data center.
The long, narrow design makes it easier to circulate in outdoor air while eliminating chillers conserves enough drinking water for 200,000 people each year.
Read more: Yahoo's New Efficient Data Center Modeled After Chicken Coops
Clean Air PSA
A new Repower America promo-video is teeming all sorts of everyday people with major entertainment personalities like Alec Baldwin and Kris Kristofferson, to send home the message that every single one of us can make a difference by joining forces to support the Clean Air Act.