Scientists uncover causes of the Earth's mysterious subsonic hum

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Our whole planet emits good vibrations. No, it’s not a free love hippie manifesto from the sixties, but cold, hard science from a discovery in the 1990s by scientists that showed the planet constantly vibrates at very low frequencies. Researchers believe they’ve finally determined the cause of the vibration–it’s ocean waves. According to livescience, the theory that waves cause the Earth’s hum isn’t new. Until recently, science couldn’t completely account for the range of vibrations found on earthquake sensors, but a new study from the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea creates a model that accounts for all the various microseismic signals–an important step for turning the planet’s mysterious sounds into an understandable signal. Why is the hum important? Having a better understanding of the earth’s hum could eventually help scientists create better maps of the Earths’ interior. Things that make you go hmmm.

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President Obama celebrates Earth Day by dedicating a new landmark, chiding Republicans and giving away free park passes

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President Obama celebrated Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades to give a speech dedicating the Marjory Stoneman Douglas house in Miami and to taunt Republicans on their ludicrous position on climate change. He began his speech by acknowledging the threat that global warming poses to the planet, despite the frigid winter that much of the East Coast experienced. The president even poked fun at Senator Inhofe for trying to disprove climate change by throwing a snow ball in the senate earlier this year. Without addressing climate change, Obama said, “there may not be an Everglades as we know it” in the future. “Action can no longer be delayed,” he continued, committing to work to push the US to lead the world in making a change.

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This family produces 6,000 pounds of food per year on 4,000 square feet of land

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Six thousand pounds of food from one tenth of an acre of land just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles; if you try to do the math, it just doesn’t seem to compute. But somehow the numbers work out because the Dervaes family is able to produce about 4,300 pounds of vegetables, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 pounds of honey, and further poundage of seasonal fruits on their 4,000 square-foot postage stamp of land just outside the southern California’s sprawling megalopolis. Beyond providing food for themselves, the family makes about $20,000 per year by selling their produce from their front porch.

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New Nanoleaf Gem LED light shines brightly for Earth Day

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Nanoleaf, who previously released the fabulous Bloom LED light, has created a shiny new piece in time for Earth Day 2015: the Nanoleaf Gem! This LED décor bulb, which has a light quality equal to any incandescent bulb, has an elegant frosted white glass finish that makes it as beautiful to look at as it is energy efficient. Most LEDs are designed to work hard rather than look good, but the Gem, which looks and sparkles like a luminous gemstone, spans both worlds to create gorgeous interior ambience.

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Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

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We can take our hats off to Germany, a country which has been leading the way with investment in renewable energy, and pioneering Passivhaus standard homes and public buildings. However Germany’s Earthship builders point out that most buildings have a long way to go before they’re truly sustainable. A new Earthship Biotecture project in Cologne seeks to educate the next generation in how to build radically self sufficient structures, without complicated machines or an engineering degree. There’s even a chance for you to get involved and learn alongside the team!

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Tesla to unveil a battery on April 30 that will slash your home's energy costs

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It’s finally official, almost. Two months ago Tesla told the world they had developed a battery to could power your entire house, and just a couple of weeks ago Elon Musk teased that the company would unveil a new non-automotive product at their April 30 event. Now, in an email to investors, Tesla has confirmed that they will unveil not only the game-changing battery for one’s home, but also a utility-scale battery at the end of this month.

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Earth Day: How it began, and how it helps the planet

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Earth Day is April 22nd, and to get prepared for the big day, here are a few Earth Day facts that you may not know. Founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, the first ever Earth Day was held on April 22nd, 1970. Earth Day not only marks the beginnings of moving toward a more sustainable world, it’s a time to come together and contemplate our global environmental situation, as well as participate in community and global “green” activities. Read on to find out all about this important eco-holiday.

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Say "cheese!" The octographer will take your picture now

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Add this to your bucket list: getting your picture taken by an octopus. Yes, you read that right. An octopus named Rambo is now taking photographs of visitors from his tank at a New Zealand aquarium.

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Handsome lakeside cabin supports a cantilevered timber gallery in Wisconsin

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You've Never Seen it Before

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BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho's 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes. Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Feng Shui!

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In light of both Earth Day and Earth Week, I wanted to share what “Earth” means in the Feng Shui world. When people ask me to describe Feng Shui, I tell them that it’s about much more than moving furniture around. Feng Shui is the original “green design,” and it is about creating harmony with Mother Earth by unifying our inner and outer environments. The inner and outer are not separate, because everything that we do to our earth—positive and negative—affects our daily experience. In Feng Shui we believe that everything is alive, including the earth. Read on to learn more!

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Chevrolet's FNR is a space-age self-driving concept to debut in Shanghai

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Several automakers have spoken publicly about their future plans to release autonomous vehicles, but General Motors has been pretty quiet about the technology. Well, it looks like GM is working just as hard as Mercedes-Benz to bring the technology to life and has previewed what a future vehicle could look like with the debut of their new autonomous model, the Chevrolet FNR, at the Shanghai Motor Show.

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Mayor de Blasio unveils major solar installations for three NYC public buildings

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Mayor de Blasio has just unveiled three large solar projects that will launch NYC closer to achieving its ambitious goal of reducing city emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The three large solar arrays installed on City Hall, the Port Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant and Daniel D. Tompkins Elementary School in Staten Island are all operational as of this week.

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Meshwave visualizes music with digitally fabricated waffle sculptures

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University of Bologna student Pier Luigi Forte designed and built meshwave, a laser cut sculpture that expresses the structure of music in 3D. Forte created the design by transforming spectrogram curves into a 3-dimensional mesh shape modeled in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. The resulting waffle structure was crafted out of laser-cut 4-millimeter-wide MDF panels. Designed for a private client, the artwork was exclusively exhibited at the Valencia Mini Maker Faire last year.

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GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

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Solar Fire Concentration Ltd hopes to help supply solar thermal energy to alleviate energy poverty around the world- by crowd funding. The Finnish company has launched the Free The Sun…

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The Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust charities are a force for good in so many ways, sp why are they still funding companies that invest in fossil fuel extraction? Now you can…

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6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day!

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1. Don't Drive I know, I know. At face value, this doesn't sound like much fun at all. But that's only because you've forgotten how awesome the alternatives can be. Give your car the…

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