Weekend Thoughts - 1.14.17

Image by inefekt69, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Image by inefekt69, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. In the early 1970s, a Rutgers University environmental science student named billy barr (he spells it lowercase) returned to Gothic, Colorado after graduation and has lived in the ghost town as its sole resident for the past several decades. The location is supposedly a ghost town built around a silver mine. barr didn't just stay for the sights—he has meticulously collected snowfall and temperature measurements that have proven quite valuable to climate scientists.

2. The Netherlands has been an early adopter of renewable energy technologies for centuries, using wind power for centuries. As of now, the Dutch railways network will be using it to power 100% of their electric trains. Even though that is extremely impressive, they even did it one year ahead of schedule! The electric trains shuttle 600,000 people in around 5,500 trips per day, and it only takes an hour for a wind turbine to generate enough power to run a train for 120 miles. And they're not stopping there—the railways network will continue researching ways to reduce their machines' consumption of energy by 35 percent before 2020 as well!

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.