Science/Environment
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Why the claim that fake Christmas trees are eco-friendly is wrong

Fake Christmas trees are preferred over the real thing by a wide margin in the U.S. Sales of fake Christmas trees are expected to approach a record 13 million this year. However, people who think fake Christmas trees are more eco-friendly than real Christmas trees should think again. More Americans prefer fake Christmas trees Fake
Solar Panels

Federal agencies question clean energy bonds for homeowners

PACE loans, otherwise known as Property Assessed Clean Energy Bonds, are quick personal loans provided by cities to homeowners. Intended to finance energy-efficiency upgrades and retrofits, these PACE loans are paid off as a part of the property taxes on a house. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, along with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, though,
Follow the path of the solar exclipse

Solar Eclipse July 22, 2009 | Most Viewed Ever?

Open your eyes to the wonder Have you ever seen a solar eclipse? It’s quite a site that shouldn’t be missed. Some people go to great trouble to view them, to the point of purchasing special lenses or traveling long distances in search of the optimal viewing experience. Thus, fast cash and cash loans have
A cartoon illustration of the old-wives' tale regarding food and bacteria that we know as the "Five Second Rule."

Is the five second rule giving way to a zero second rule?

We all know that it’s important not to waste food. According to Wikipedia, wasted food (raw or cooked) costs the U.K. £10.2 billion annually ($ 15.5 billion). In the United States, 15 percent of all edible food ends up untouched or unopened, which amounts to $43 billion in waste. You’d think the five second rule
Spot Fish

Millions of dead fish join dead birds phenomenon

Two incidents of large numbers of dead fish have been reported in the last week. One incident was reported in Arkansas about the same time as hundreds of dead birds fell from the sky, and another massive fish die-off has been reported in Maryland. Massive numbers of dead fish washing ashore Two recent incidents of
Hurricane

Tropical storm Igor turns into Hurricane Igor

Every year, hurricanes move throughout the Caribbean and the Atlantic, threatening island nations and wreaking havoc on the mainland. So far, the 2010 hurricane season has been thankfully mild. However, more storm systems have gathered enough force in the past few weeks to become legitimate threats. Currently, tropical storm Igor has become large and volatile

Bloom Energy Hopes to Get Businesses off the Grid

Electricity for eight to nine cents per kilowatt hour Bloom Energy has launched a new energy server with patented solid-oxide fuel-cell technology that can generate 100 kW, enough to power one small office building or 100 average U.S. homes. The Bloom Energy Server makes it possible to generate electricity locally, rather than purchasing it from

Snowstorms Are Not a Problem for Teleworkers

Telecommuting could save billions of dollars a year With the coastal Northeast of the United States hit by ferocious storms that have dumped snow everywhere over the past few days, schools, businesses and government offices have closed, flights have been grounded and billions of dollars have been lost. Millions of people are taking snow days,
Going face-to-face with an excited alligator snapping turtle is never a good idea. Here we see its mouth open wide and ready to snap down with 1,500 psi of force.

So an alligator snapping turtle walks into a Chinese lake…

It may sound like a bad joke is coming, but in reality, an alligator snapping turtle was found in Weishan Lake in southern China’s Anhui province, writes Gather. That’s far outside their normal habitat, which various sources attribute to being the freshwater lakes of the southeastern United States. Gather speculates that the turtle may have
Buncefield Fuel Fire of 2005

A brief history of British Petroleum

Now that the Gulf of Mexico has been flooded with oil from an oil rig owned by BP, or British Petroleum, some might wonder just who these guys are. Like all large corporate entities, BP has a history, and some of it is not exactly positive. It has provided oil and gasoline to a lot
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Is the Copenhagen Summit a Vacation for Delegates?

A Failed Idea? Why has a summit in Copenhagen to discuss climate change inviting thousands of delegates, journalists and activists from over 200 countries? The intentions of the summit may have been good, but the fact is that it has turned out to be a vacation in disguise for many who could have done better
Photo of Pensacola Beach

Oil heads for Pensacola Beach | BP oil spill still gushing

The BP oil spill has yet to be stopped, and it was reported that an oil slick will soon be covering the coast of Florida. Oil was spotted a few miles off the Florida coast, and it is believed that within a few days, there will be an oil slick on the Western Panhandle of
Old freezer in a basement

Mass Save rebate | Masssave sets up second website

This morning, Massachusetts residents who tried to log into the Mass Save rebate website, www.masssave.com/residential, discovered that the Masssave rebates website was down. Ouch. The Mass Save rebates agency quickly responded, though, by setting up a second mirror website where Masssave rebates can be reserved. Funding for the Mass Save rebates program is limited, so
Farmington Mine Disaster

NASA arrives to aid trapped Chilean miners

The world has been patiently watching the unfolding saga of the Chilean miners trapped in a mine. It was established early on that some miners in the Chilean mine had survived, but it would take a long time before they could be rescued. Officials and advisers from NASA have been dispatched to the site to
Hurricane

Queensland coast of Australia braces for Cyclone Yasi

The northeast coast of Australia is bracing for the landfall of Cyclone Yasi. Yasi is a tropical storm heading for the already battered state of Queensland, which recently experienced some of the worst flooding on record. The storm has roughly the same force as Hurricane Katrina. Cyclone Yasi about to batter coast of Queensland The
fukushima disaster

Fukushima disaster lays bare the cost of nuclear power

Before the Fukushima disaster, nuclear power appeared on the verge of a comeback. But in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, nuclear reactors worldwide have been shut down and construction of nuclear plants has been put on hold. Expensive new safety measures that may be required as a result of the Fukushima disaster
Anthrax

Scientists unable to find source of anthrax used in 2001 attacks

Scientists and investigators have been unable to determine the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 anthrax attacks. The anthrax spores used in the attacks are similar to a strain grown in the laboratory of Bruce Ivins but not completely identical. Ivins committed suicide before he could be prosecuted. National Academy of Sciences contradicts