Why Hayes Valley Farm Doesn’t Care About Growing Food

October 20, 2010 by  
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Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch In many ways, a community garden is less about the “garden” and more about the “community,” and such is the case with San Francisco’s Hayes Valley Farm . Once the site of a freeway damaged in the 1989 earthquake, the unused space was going to be turned into housing

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Please Don’t Plant These Solar Trees on my Street

October 20, 2010 by  
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Photo: bdonline Cambridge University in England, home to some of the most exquisite and ancient buildings in the world…and now this. These “solar trees” have just been installed to help power the Cambridge University Library’s archive storage and will provide 10% of its energy needs.

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Into The Abyss: US State Environmental Agencies Outsourcing & Cutting Back Staff

October 20, 2010 by  
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NY DEP logo excerpt. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pushed successfully to “outsource” one of the major functions of the State Department of Environmental Protection: cleaning up contaminated industrial sites

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Kenyan Man Builds Himself an Airplane From Scratch

October 19, 2010 by  
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Screenshot from YouTube If all goes according to plan, this week Gabriel Nderitu will join the ranks of aviation history by becoming the first Kenyan to achieve flight with a homemade airplane. The 42-year-old, like the Wright brothers before him, isn’t a professional engineer or a pilot — in fact, he works in IT. But after months of studying airplane design and almost a year of tinkering on his humble plane, Gabriel n…

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Beautiful Box-Frame Chairs Made from Bamboo

March 25, 2010 by  
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Designer Jeff Dah-Yue Shi has taken moso bamboo and turned it into a modern chair that thoughtfully makes reference to Chinese literature and philosophy. While a neat geometric box design is depicted when viewed from the front, a much deeper meaning is revealed in profile where the Chinese character for “noble man” is seen. Delicate in both appearance and feel, and with a bit of bounce in the seat, each bamboo slat chair can actually sustain a load of up to 450 pounds – a true testament to both the resiliency and beauty of this renewable resource

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iSpotSwap iPhone App Will Save You From Parking Anxiety

March 25, 2010 by  
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Quick–how many hours of your life have you spent in the car searching for parking spots and wasting precious gasoline (and cash) in the process? A new iPhone app called iSpotSwap could make parking problems a thing of the past. The free app’s usefulness is twofold–it finds open parking spots and notifies others when you are about to vacate a spot

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GEO Power System Preheats and Precools The Air with a Vertical Earth Tube

November 18, 2009 by  
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One of the most important components of a tightly sealed house or a super-sealed Passive House is a fresh air system. Often they are heat recovery ventilators, and others have used earth tubes running under the home or in the garden

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