The top ten posts of the week, on one to four wheels
It was a light week on TreeHugger, with holidays and other diversions. But even in this terrible weather that gripped the Northeast, it's clear that our readers really like bikes.
10. There are lots of reasons that cycling in the US is dangerous. Here are the worst ones.
It's clear that if there is one thing that makes cycling dangerous in the USA, it is the lack of cyclists. There is safety in numbers. The more people get out and ride, the more aware drivers will be, the more infrastructure will get built, the less cops will blame the victims. More: There are lots of reasons that cycling in the US is dangerous. Here are the worst ones.
9. A quick tour of Tesla's electric car factory in California (video)
Because it is the factory of the future, where most of the workers are robots. See No. 1. Isaac Azimov's 50 year old predictions for 2014, and how he nailed the future of work, here it is. "We want to push the boundaries of what can be done by robots vs humans." Truly amazing. More: A quick tour of Tesla's electric car factory in California (video)
8. Why this woman says biking can save our economy
© Elly Blue brings her old-is-new couch home by bike. Photo: Ellee Thalheimer
And for something completely different, Elly Blue talks Bikenomics, how much money you will save by riding a bike instead of driving a car, let alone a Tesla. How much good cyclists do for real people, let alone robots. Another vision of the world. More: Why this woman says biking can save our economy
7. How to build a permaculture suburb
Frank Gapinski/Video screen capture
What if we could create suburbs that are designed to function in harmony with their surroundings? Sami takes a look at one attempt in California. It's definitely more Elly Blue than Elon Musk. More: How to build a permaculture suburb
6. Our favorite tiny houses and apartments in 2013
© City of New York The image is of the tiny prefabs proposed for New York City, being built right now, but most of this roundup shows the standalone tiny homes that are so popular these days.
5. This little black box could revolutionize off-grid internet access
© BRCK With perhaps the dullest photo ever on TreeHugger, a bland grey box, the success of this post was surprising. However everything that comes out of the Ushahidi gang is surprising. (see their original breakthrough here) More: This little black box could revolutionize off-grid internet access
4. “You are what your father eats,” according to new study
John Lemieux/CC BY 2.0
Well guys, you're in trouble now. It's all your fault. More: “You are what your father eats,” according to new study.
3. This graph shows why solar power will take over the world
At the dawn of the nuclear age, they predicted that electricity would be "too cheap to meter." Who knows, at the rate at which solar power prices are declining, that finally might be true. More: This graph shows why solar power will take over the world
2. Ride your unicycle all winter, like this Salt Lake City lawyer
Laura Seitz, Deseret News/Screen capture
It was just a local news story about a snow storm, when this guy on a unicycle with an umbrella rode by and stole the show. It turns out to be a local lawyer who has been riding a unicycle since he was 12. More: Ride your unicycle all winter, like this Salt Lake City lawyer
1. Isaac Asimov's 1964 predictions of life in 2014 are prescient
TRS 80 Asimov ad/Screen capture
Thinking back to that Tesla video, and Asimov's 1964 prediction:
The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders... The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine.