Ah, Coconuts! The Surprising Health Benefits And Uses Of Coconut Oil

July 15, 2015 by  
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As you may or may not have noticed in recent months, coconut oil seems to be all the rage. A simple search of ‘uses of coconut oil’ immediately bombards you with intimidatingly lengthy lists for this popular substance. Oftentimes referred to as a…

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Project Little Dream Funds Inspiring Bamboo Thom Mun Community Center and School in Cambodia

April 7, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Project Little Dream Funds Inspiring Bamboo Thom Mun Community Center and School in Cambodia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award , bamboo community center , Cambodian community center , gabion wall filled with temple ruins , New Futures Organisation , Project Little Dream , Thom Mun Community Center , volunteer construction in Cambodia

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10 Designs Show How Sandy-Affected Communities Can Be Rebuilt More Resiliently

April 7, 2014 by  
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Rebuild by Design , a competition to find resilient solutions for restoring communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, recently unveiled its ten shortlisted designs. The selected proposals include ideas ranging from a 10-mile strip of greenery that wraps around lower Manhattan to barrier islands to protect the Jersey shoreline. Click here to see them all. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bjarke Ingels Group , Department of Housing and Urban Development , HR&A , Hurricane Sandy , hurricane sandy rebuilding task force , MIT , OLIN , oma , penndesign , Rebuild by Design , rebuild by design competition , resiliency , sasaki , SCAPE , west8 , WXY Architecture

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TAG Heuer’s New Meridiist Infinite Phone Uses a Hidden Solar Panel to Stay Charged Forever

April 7, 2014 by  
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Best known for stylish watches that cost as much as a used car, TAG Heuer recently announced plans to launch into the smartphone market. The Switzerland-based firm enjoys creating modern technologies that have a timeless feel, and its chronographs are worn by Wall St. executives and professional athletes alike. No doubt TAG hopes the same crowd will leap at the chance to pocket its  Meridiist Infinite phone , a “communication instrument” the company claims will stay charged forever thanks to an invisible photovoltaic component built into the sapphire crystal screen. Read the rest of TAG Heuer’s New Meridiist Infinite Phone Uses a Hidden Solar Panel to Stay Charged Forever Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: phone backup battery , solar backup battery , solar powered phone , tag heuer avant garde design , tag heuer luxury phone , tag heuer meridiist infinite , tag heuer solar powered phone , tag heuer watches

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Greenpeace-Sponsored Study Finds Toxic Chemicals in Outerwear by Many Popular Brands

November 3, 2012 by  
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A study commissioned by Greenpeace Germany  and conducted by two independent laboratories has found that many of the most popular outdoor clothing companies use toxic chemicals in their clothing . Researchers tested 14 rain jackets and trousers, produced by a number of companies including The North Face, Patagonia, Marmot and Jack Wolfskin and found largely the same results across the board. Every one of the items of clothing tested positive for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) , a persistent hormone-disruptor used in the production Teflon and other chemicals which can contaminate drinking water, food, and potentially even human blood and breast milk. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: greenpeace germany , greenpeace study clothing , jack wolfskin , marmot , north face , Patagonia , perfluorooctanoic acid , pfoa , teflon , teflon hazard , toxic chemicals , toxic clothing

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Food for thought from Tyler Cowen

May 8, 2012 by  
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In his provocative and engaging book, economist Tyler Cowen rejects the popular argument that American food is bad for us and bad for the planet because of the commercialization of food.

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Hope for U.S. cleantech jobs: Bloom Energy plans Delaware factory

May 8, 2012 by  
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When a Silicon Valley cleantech company announces plans to expand beyond the friendly confines of California to build a second factory in Delaware, we should pay attention.

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Zoo Plans to Split Up Same-Sex Penguin Pair

November 7, 2011 by  
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Earlier this year, wildlife experts at Toronto Zoo welcomed two new male African penguins to their popular exhibit, with the hope the spirited young bachelors would be a boon to the endangered species — but they fell for each other.

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Five Finalists for Green Car of the Year Announced

October 26, 2011 by  
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On November 17 at the LA Auto Show, the Green Car of the Year Award will be given out for the seventh year.  The five finalists for that prize have been announced and they represent a cross-section of what’s available in cleaner cars these days. All-electric models are represented by the Ford Focus Electric and the Mitsubishi i.  The Mitsubishi i is wildly popular in Asian markets and although it hasn’t hit U.S. markets yet, it will be available by the contest’s January 1 deadline. The new Prius v is the only hybrid contender, but is being recognized as a new extension of the popular brand to a larger customer base. The Honda Civic Natural Gas was chosen because it runs off cleaner burning compressed natural gas, a fuel that is pretty much ready for mainstream if cars are built to use it. Finally, the Volkswagen Passat TDI takes up the final space in the contest.  The TDI is diesel vehicle that boasts great fuel economy and fewer emissions. These five were also chosen as Green Car Journal’s top cars for 2012. via LA Auto Show

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Bigger, Roomier Prius V Goes on Sale Next Month

September 20, 2011 by  
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The Prius line is expanding rapidly these days.  Toyota will begin selling the bigger and roomier Prius v next month in the U.S., opening up their popular hybrid franchise to those who need to carry a bit more with them on the road. The Prius v looks a lot like the regular Prius except for the extended cargo space in the rear.  According to Toyota, the vehicle will offer more storage space than 80 percent of all small SUVs — a nice 34.3 cubic feet of it. The Prius v will use the same hybrid drivetrain as the regular Prius.  As for mileage, the larger size does take down the fuel efficiency a bit.  The Prius v is rated for 44 mpg city and 40 mpg highway with a rating of 42 mpg combined.  The regular Prius has a combined rating of 50 mpg. For a nice-sized hybrid, the price is actually pretty affordable.  The car comes in three levels ranging from $26,400 to $29,990. A plug-in version will likely follow soon. via Green Car Congress  

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