6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

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Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off to your neighbors? The good news is that you don’t have to build a brand new home in order to reap the benefits of sustainable building techniques. Here are 6 ways to passively solarize your current home so you can slash electricity costs, cut emissions, and impress your friends with science.

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Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

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Underwater Robot to Investigate Radiation Leak at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

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After a radiation leak was detected at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY in March, officials are finally planning to investigate the source of the problem using an underwater drone. The plan is to deploy a camera-equipped robot to seek out the source of the radioactive leak next week. The issue was first discovered when elevated levels of tritium in two monitoring wells were found and it was noticed that radioactive material was leaking out into the groundwater below the plant.

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Tec Team Costa Rica's Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

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Urban Cultivator Grows 100% Organic Hydroponic Greens in a Stylish and Fully Automated Indoor Garden

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Many of us would love to eat fresh and local produce all year round, but doing so can be difficult and expensive unless you have the time and space to grow your own food. With the Urban Cultivator, however, growing organic and nutritious greens for your family has never been easier. No bigger than the footprint of a standard dishwasher, this fully automated kitchen appliance plugs into the existing water and electrical systems for easy installation. Once you add the all-organic plant food into the Urban Cultivator, the pre-programmed indoor garden will regulate the water and air conditions so that all you need to do is harvest and chow down on the healthy, hydroponic greens.

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Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

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Just when they thought they were finally beginning to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, some New Jersey residents are now saying that debris from the super storm is making them sick. When people in Roxbury, NJ began suffering from headaches, nosebleeds and vomiting, the cause was traced to fumes emanating from the nearby Fenimore landfill. The locals claim that their illnesses were caused by decaying Sandy wreckage dumped at the site, but an investigation has yet to confirm.

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Did the Masonic Pyramid on the Dollar Bill Inspire the Design of This Famous Park?

by , 07/10/14
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Many of famed architect Louis Kahn’s works have an air of mystery about them, but his design for the FDR Four Freedoms Park may be the most enigmatic of all. Built four decades after his death in 1974, the posthumous memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt and his policies has today become one of the architect’s, and NYC’s, most popular urban spaces. While the memorial has been met with plenty of accolades for its seamless fusion of FDR’s core beliefs and Kahn’s signature style, its main inspiration is still unclear: Is it modeled after a boat’s prow referencing FDR’s love of the sea? Or is the shape speaking to something deeper? Recently unveiled sketches reveal that the design may have been influenced heavily by the masonic pyramid found on the back of the U.S. dollar bill.

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Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

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When it comes to radiation, fearsome disasters like Fukushima and Chernobyl capture the headlines. But for most people, the real radiation risk comes from the sun – and global warming could make the problem much worse. A study published this week reveals that an intense two-year UV storm caused solar radiation to spike in some areas – and the situation will get more severe as the ozone layer continues to thin.

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Ice That Doesn’t Melt: Ice Cast Bronze Collection by Steven Haulenbeek

by , 07/09/14

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During the Polar Vortex that hit Chicago this past winter it wasn’t uncommon to see Youtube videos of water freezing in mid-air and other fun science experiments. However, designer Steven Haulenbeek used the arctic temperature to his advantage and created an entire collection of objects and even furniture in his own backyard. Haulenbeek’s Ice Cast Bronze Collection captures the random yet lush texture of melted ice.

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Team Mexico's Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!

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Mercedes-Benz' Self-Driving Future Truck Completes its First Autonomous Test on the Autobahn

by , 07/09/14

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In the next few years self-driving cars will finally become a reality, and while several automakers have revealed prototypes with autonomous technology, Mercedes-Benz is taking it a step further. Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to launch a self-driving semi truck on the market by 2025. They’re calling it the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck, and it could make freight distribution safer and more efficient while lowing fuel consumption.

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Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

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Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

by , 07/09/14

For many people who lack access to electricity, the day ends when the sun goes down. But Philips aims to slowly change that through their Gift of Light program. Through it, employees first nominate communities around the world that are desperately in need of light and vote for the most deserving. Once these communities have been identified, employees then install energy-efficient solar-powered lights for both homes and roads. Thanh Son village in Vietnam is among the first communities to receive Philips’ life-changing technology, and further projects will be implemented across 17 countries in the coming months.

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Chiba University's Post-Disaster Renai House Wins Second Place in Architecture at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

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Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

by , 07/09/14

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When you think of earthquake country, you probably picture California with its all-too-frequent seismic rumblings. These days the state you should be imagining is Oklahoma. Between 1978 and 2008, the state experienced only two 3.0-magnitude or greater earthquakes, but in just the first four months of this year, it has already had 145 earthquakes. The likely cause? According to one new study, the problem is fracking.

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LEGO's Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids' Imaginations Along with the Planet

LEGO's Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids' Imaginations Along with…

Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and…

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ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

ASMO is the first mobile phone charger in the world that does not consume standby power. Every year, energy waste from the world's 6.8 billion mobile phones costs us the equivalent of…

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6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

Photo by Yuka Yoneda RED HOOK While it doesn't have the most inviting of names, Red Hook is actually one of the most romantic and charming neighborhoods in Brooklyn. If you've been…

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Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims…

This particular project is based on the idea of evolution, which is why it starts out as a simple "survival module" in order to provide shelter and safety for people displaced by a…

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New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental Education

New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental…

Nature lovers have always enjoyed being out in the woods and immersing themselves in the wild, and there's a stunning center in the UK that can help to make that experience even more…

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