Guest Post: Protect your Garden Waste and Rubbish from Vermin with a Sturdy Garden Bin

Is your garden waste  or rubbish attracting foxes and vermin to your home?  Are you worried that, perhaps, these unwanted critters will find their way to your yard where you store your rubbish?  There are a few things you can do to prevent your area from attracting unwanted and unhealthy pests.  By investing in a sturdy garden bin to hold your organic waste and taking care to reduce your waste through effective methods, you can increase the likelihood of enjoying…

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Modular Design Lab: Meet the Flat-Packed Honeycombed HIVEHAUS

Here is an interesting way to approach building an easy-to-assemble living space, configured to be as small or large as you wish. HIVEHAUS, a new concept in modular living space – “inspired by nature- influenced by modernism and constructed using unconventional building techniques,” writes the UK-based company. Each hexagonal HIVEHAUS cell is a self-contained unit with low energy LED lighting and 240v electrical sockets installed as standard. A wide range of additional plumbing, heating and electrical options can be installed…

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Climate Change and the Oceans: Two Research Studies

The following news releases on climate change have been provided by EurekAlert. Sea-level rise to drive coastal flooding Review of studies show that sea-level rise, shoreline retreat will drive storm-related flooding Clamor about whether climate change will cause increasingly destructive tropical storms may be overshadowing a more unrelenting threat to coastal property — sea-level rise — according to a team of researchers writing in the journal Nature this week. After reviewing nearly 100 research studies, the scientists say accelerated sea-level rise certainly…

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New thermoelectronic generator

Highly efficient new design for thermoelectric generator, described in ‘Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy,’ converts heat and solar energy into electricity Previous models of thermionic generators have proven ineffectual because of WASHINGTON D.C. Dec. 3, 2013 — Through a process known as thermionic conversion, heat energy — such as light from the sun or heat from burned fossil fuels — can be converted into electricity with very high efficiency. Because of its promise, researchers have been trying for more…

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Lucid Stead by Phillip K. Smith, III

“Lucid Stead” Project Statement – Phillip K. Smith, III After the long, dusty, bumpy, anxious trip out into the far edges of Joshua Tree, you open your car door and for the first time experience the quiet of the desert. It’s at that point that you realize you are in a place that is highly different than where you just came from. Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and…

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Financial decision makers need weather and climate information to manage risks

Climate change is no longer simply a political argument. Maximizing returns on financial investments depends on accurately understanding and effectively accounting for weather and climate risks, according to a new study by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program. The study also found that weather events create and exacerbate risks to financial investments by causing 1) direct physical impacts on the investments themselves, 2) degradation of critical supporting infrastructure, 3) changes in the availability of key resources, 4) changes to…

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Meet the Alter Bike: Electronic Architecture and Hydrogen Storage

A new concept of electric bicycles The launching of the ALTER BIKE, a new concept of electric bicycles which relieves the user from most of the usual constraints of electric mobility: No plug-in infrastructure for charging is necessary, lighter weight and range availability on demand. Presented on the 30th of May 2013, at the 20th Congress of “Le club des Villes et Territoires Cyclables” in Nice, ALTER BIKE is a real revolutionary innovation in electric bicycles. A partnership of three…

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FilterWatch: Your Energy Efficiency Lookout

Paying the unneeded cost of heating a home in winter is never a welcome expense, especially if it’s a matter of clogged air filters affecting your home’s energy efficiency.  Fortunately, this is a problem that can be addressed with a cost-effective solution called FilterWatch. Let’s start with this straightforward benefit: “A simple, effective energy efficiency solution that will save you money.”  Add cleaner air to the list of benefits, especially the air we breathe in and out most days of…

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