Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Blog Vacation

Rough Draft will be in hiatus for the next few weeks.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Solar Power and Flossing Monkeys

Will is leaving on Monday for his year in Lopburi, Thailand, as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. Lopburi Province lies about 150 kilometers north of Bangkok, and is known among tourists primarily for its monkeys—the crab eating macaques who infest the city of Lopburi.  Recently, researchers have observed the monkeys using human hair to floss their teeth, and teaching their young how to floss.  Here's a video:

Lopburi is also slated to be the site of the world's largest photovoltaic (solar) generating plant. Construction of the massive 158 megawatt solar array begins this month.  The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $70 million (USD) long-term loan for the project. 

According to a report in Thailand's Pattaya Daily News, "ADB Vice President for Private Sector & Co-Financing Operations Lakshmi Venkatachalam stated that the Thai government’s clear and attentive policy promoting alternative energy sources and the great potential of the nation were the main reasons behind the ADB decision to help in funding the solar project."