EPA Honors Bowdoin for Reducing Emissions

Left to right: Bowdoin's Engineer-in-charge Charles Blier, Capital Project Manager John Simoneau, and Maintenance and Project Manager Jim Diemer accepted the award from EPA officials in Boston on Monday

Left to right: Bowdoin’s Engineer-in-charge Charles Blier, Capital Project Manager John Simoneau, and Maintenance and Project Manager Jim Diemer accepted the award from EPA officials in Boston on Monday

Bowdoin College, along with Pepco Energy Systems in Atlantic City, N.J., and Thermal Energy Corporation in Houston, Texas, has been named a 2015 winner of the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power Award.

The award recognizes organizations that have implemented highly efficient “combined heat and power technology” to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other air pollutants. CHP systems capture heat produced by the generation of electricity (which otherwise would be wasted) to provide space heating and cooling, hot water, and steam for commercial, institutional or industrial use.

Bowdoin’s CHP system provides space heating and hot water for 56 buildings totaling 1.4 million square feet, and it saves the College $138,000 a year.

Kent Island Life: The Surreal Experience of Digging for Birds

kentislandpetrel25062015_06252015 (3)Reaching into a hole in the ground and pulling out a fuzzy, chattering bird perhaps 10 years your senior is all part of the decades-long study of storm-petrels at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy.

Read why Liam Taylor ’17 loves it, as told by Emily Weyrauch ’17 in the latest installment of her series on Kent Island life.

Spoilt for Choice? This Newest Design Trend Wants to Make Choices for You (Quartz)

ChoicesA trip down the cereal isle in the supermarket can make it apparent that we are overwhelmed with choice. Creative industry mogul Aaron Shapiro is trying to change that. He wants technology to predict and execute choices for us from what kind of coffee to drink in the morning to what movie to watch on Netflix. The question is, will this give us time to focus on what’s important, or make life pretty boring? Read more about this so-called ‘anticipatory design’ in Quartz.

Cracking the Code: Could Emojis Ever Become Their Own Language❓ (Wired)

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Chevrolet recently issued a press release written entirely in emojis. Although many are still trying to decipher it (using the hashtag #ChevyGoesEmoji), is it possible that this text-messaging fad could become its own language—or will it always be more akin to slang? Wired explores the history and the potential future of the emoji. Maybe it’s only a matter of ⌚️.