A tree village for humans, not elves

Plus, a huge iceberg is moving.
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Earth Trivia:

What is the Earth’s largest tree?

Hint: It’s not Treebeard. He’s in Middle Earth.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Don’t wait: The case for giving sooner rather than later | Vox

“November 28 is Giving Tuesday, the day for donations and a national conversation about how to give back and do good. Especially in a turbulent year when many of us want to give back, but also want to be cautious with our budgets, here’s one important question: If you want to donate to charity, should you go out and pick an organization today? Or should you wait, save your money, and leave it to charity in your will (or at least donate it down the road)? There’s a case for either of these approaches. To some extent, the answer depends on what you think the highest priorities for donation are — and whether you think you’ll be a more informed donor later in your life.”

Headway - ‘Tis the season to cut the small talk [Partner]

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One of the world's largest icebergs drifting beyond Antarctic waters after it was grounded for 3 decades | AP News

“One of the world’s largest icebergs is drifting beyond Antarctic waters, after being grounded for more than three decades, according to the British Antarctic Survey. … Andrew Fleming, a remote sensing expert from the British Antarctic Survey, told the BBC on Friday that the iceberg has been drifting for the past year and now appears to be picking up speed and moving past the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, helped by wind and ocean currents.”

4 Tips to spot misinformation on the web | Wired

“We've recently discussed how the Israel-Hamas war is the latest conflict where people are poring over social media and news channels looking for updates on what, exactly, is happening. After all, whether it’s news about our neighborhoods or communities on the other side of the world, the web is where we go to find updates. … So is it actually still possible to filter truth from lies online? We don’t yet have a foolproof way of checking — perhaps that’s a task AI could be trained on next — but there are ways to limit the likelihood of being fooled.”

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Lush vertical village will let residents live high among the trees | New Atlas

“Work has started on a new high-rise near Paris, France, designed by influential Dutch firm MVRDV. Named La Serre, the building will be defined by a steel grid facade that will host hundreds of trees and plants, allowing every resident to enjoy their own private greenery-filled balcony or terrace area. … The idea behind its overall design is to create a landscaped ‘vertical village,’ with multiple shared areas for residents to meet and socialize alongside the private balcony and terrace spaces mentioned.”

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The answer: The General Sherman

The answer: The General Sherman

According to the United States National Park Service website: “The General Sherman Tree is the world's largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet (5.3 m) in diameter.”