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Today’s Solutions: July 19, 2024

Austin neighborhood to be tran

Austin neighborhood to be transformed into self-sufficient solar town

An Austin neighborhood is getting a green upgrade in an attempt to become a self-sufficient solar-powered town.   Through partnering with Tesla and developer Dacra and Brookfield Asset Management, the town plans to equip houses with V3 solar roof tiles, Tesla chargers, and Powerwall Read More...

This program in Austin aims to

This program in Austin aims to undo racism in the music industry

The Covid-19 pandemic has deeply affected many industries, but perhaps none has the weight of it so great as the music industry. Live music events and venues were some of the first to be shut down with the first wave of lockdowns and will be the last to open and function regularly once things Read More...

Austin redirects police fundin

Austin redirects police funding to buy transitional housing for homeless

Last week, the Austin City Council voted unanimously to purchase the Texas Bungalow Hotel & Suites for $6.7 million. The hotel is slated to become transitional housing for people experiencing homelessness. Where did the money to buy it come from? Redirected money from the city’s police Read More...

City of Austin votes to spend

City of Austin votes to spend $7 billion to revolutionize transportation

In a city where roughly three-quarters of residents drive alone to work, it’s no surprise that drivers in Austin, Texas, spend an average of 104 hours stuck in traffic each year. One of the main reasons behind this vehicle-mania is the city’s innate car-oriented infrastructure. That’s now Read More...

How a llama in Belgium brought

How a llama in Belgium brought us one step closer to neutralizing COVID-19

While llamas are proving to be a funny addition to your Zoom call, it seems these creatures might wind up playing a bigger role in the coronavirus pandemic. According to a peer-reviewed study, llama blood might hold the key to unlocking new treatments for COVID-19. The study details how special Read More...

WiFi buses in Austin are provi

WiFi buses in Austin are providing internet access to students in need

As schools across the country shut their doors indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of students are now adjusting to online learning. But for low-income families who may not have access to WiFi, this transition is a problem. To help students access the internet, the Austin Read More...

Say what?! A 3-year-old in Tex

Say what?! A 3-year-old in Texas found a candy-pink grasshopper

Did you know grasshoppers can be bright pink? Neither did we—until this past weekend when an eye-catching story was published by an NBC affiliate in Texas. Apparently, a three-year-old discovered a bubble-gum pink grasshopper while exploring his garden in Austin, which prompted his mother to snap Read More...