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Cat DiStasio

Wordsmith, Editor, Bread Maker

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Cat DiStasio

Writer, editor, and social media strategist for hire

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Hyperloop CEO says the 700mph ride could be free for passengers

The Hyperloop track proposed to offer super-speed travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles has to be one of the most exciting projects slated for the coming decade. In concept, the ultra-high-speed tram seems like luxury sent straight from the future, but Elon Musk’s futuristic pipe dream could be free for commuters.
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Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of round-the-world flight

Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered aircraft with room for only one person, lifted off from China at 2:39am local time May 31, beginning the five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. This news comes three weeks after the original departure date, which was pushed back repeatedly as dangerous storms threatened the flightplan and the pilot’s safety.
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Female scientists spark #GirlsWithToys campaign to highlight STEM careers & combat gender stereotypes

You don’t mess with women in science. Someday, people will learn that. In an interview with NPR that took place earlier this month, Caltech astronomer Shrinivas Kulkarni made a casual comment that scientists are “boys with toys,” and that notion has gotten the attention of many women working in fields of science and engineering. Within just a few days, the hashtag #GirlsWithToys was trending on Twitter, featuring female scientists, engineers, astronomers, and the like showing off the “toys” they use to perform amazing feats of science.
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Six largest school districts in the U.S. are ditching polystyrene trays for eco-friendly, compostable plates

Today, the nation’s six largest school districts made a stunning step forward for eco-friendly student dining. The Urban School Food Alliance—a coalition of school districts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando—announced that they will phase out the use of polystyrene trays and replace them with round, compostable plates.
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Bill Nye launches crowdfunding campaign to back Carl Sagan's dream LightSail

You can become a backer of one of the coolest space programs in this universe. yep, The Science Guy—has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fuel The Planetary Society, which will help make Carl Sagan’s space dreams come true. We recently reported on the project to build Sagan’s solar-powered lightsail spaceship, and the launch of this crowdfunding effort means that average, ordinary science-loving citizens can contribute to the next great wave of space exploration.
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Native American tribe is fighting against the Pilgrim Pipeline in New Jersey

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Panasonic investing $256M in Tesla’s Buffalo solar manufacturing plant

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Nigerian customs stops 2.75 tons of potentially deadly fake plastic rice from hitting markets

Customs agents in Nigeria recently intercepted nearly three tons of “plastic rice,” which could have wreaked havoc on the area population, where real rice is a staple food. The incoming shipment of fake rice was packaged in large bags just as the genuine article would be, and the counterfeit product looks and feels just like the real thing.
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Pollution in China prompts Beijing exodus

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Trump sons selling post-inauguration access and private hunting trip for $1M

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Elon Musk vows to start company that digs tunnels under traffic

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MIT’s “supermarket of the future” reveals every product’s history

Future grocery stores will be full of smart technology, according to predictions by the designers at Carlo Ratti Associati. Carlo Ratti is the founder of CRA and director of the MIT Senseable Lab. Last year, his team unveiled prototypical technology through its Future Food District installation at the Milan World Expo.
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About

Cat DiStasio

Cat DiStasio is a writer, editor, social media strategist, and community architect. Previous to her freelance career, Cat worked in human resources with a focus on recruiting. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies from the University of Washington. These days, Cat is a dedicated green homemaker and compassionate mama to an ambitious little mountain goat of boy. In addition to her earth-loving ways, she works to raise awareness for attachment parenting, babywearing, intactivism, and budget-friendly living. Cat believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of freshly baked bread.