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Couple Converts Van, Makes Full-Time Mobile Living a Reality (Video)

Written by on June 15, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
Couple Converts Van, Makes Full-Time Mobile Living a Reality (Video)

Is life about attaining financial security — potentially giving up one’s passions in exchange for a stable job — or is it about taking risks to live the life you really want to live or never even imagined possible before? These are the questions that Canadian couple Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives asked themselves before quitting their jobs, selling their house and embarking on a two-year-long journey in a converted van that has brought them to various places all over Canada and the United States. In the process, they’ve learned that life is not about stuff, but unforgettable experiences.

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10 Best Cities in the U.S. to Own an Electric Car

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
10 Best Cities in the U.S. to Own an Electric Car

Thinking about buying an electric car? While more people appear to be embracing these fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly rides, softening the financial investment in these cars is easier in certain cities.

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Ants Carry Other Live Ones as Means of Transportation: Further Evidence That They Must Be Communicating [Videos]

Written by on June 9, 2015 in Animals and Pets, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Ants Carry Other Live Ones as Means of Transportation: Further Evidence That They Must Be Communicating [Videos]

By Omar Cherif A few days ago I wrote about “Why Do Ants Carry Their Dead”. This article is the sequel. I had shot a few clips of some ants in the garden, and since then I kept the camera close to the door so I take it with me whenever I go outside. Today, […]

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Tesla’s Dream is Getting Closer: Japanese Scientists Transmit Electricity Wirelessly Through the Air

Written by on June 9, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Sci-Tech with 6 Comments
Tesla’s Dream is Getting Closer: Japanese Scientists Transmit Electricity Wirelessly Through the Air

It seems that after more than a century, someone eventually managed to come close to Nikola Tesla’s breakthrough in transferring wireless electric power. Japanese scientists for the first time succeeded in transmitting electricity wirelessly through the air.

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Toxic Chemicals in Nail Salons Are Linked to Miscarriages and Other Birth Defects

Written by on June 6, 2015 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
Toxic Chemicals in Nail Salons Are Linked to Miscarriages and Other Birth Defects

What is considered a form of relaxation and pampering for salon-goers is a tragic way of making a living for many of the manicurists who work tirelessly painting nails, often for 10 to 12 hours a day, six or seven days a week.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Yesterday’s Headlines, EPA Finds Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water

Written by on June 5, 2015 in Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
Don’t Be Fooled by Yesterday’s Headlines, EPA Finds Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water

Rather than seriously undertaking its mission, the U.S. EPA’s headline and conclusions in the fracking study reflect the agency’s on-going narrative about the safety of fracking. The agency asserted in the report on the study that there were no “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.” They based this outrageous conclusion on the limited industry controlled data and analysis that was included in the poorly designed research project.

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Why Ants Carry Their Dead and Other Fascinating Facts

Written by on June 4, 2015 in Animals and Pets, Wildlife with 1 Comment
Why Ants Carry Their Dead and Other Fascinating Facts

By Omar Cherif I have always been fascinated by ants. How they are social beings that operate in armies and live in colonies, and how they have made it to the Qur’an ― there is a full ‘Sura’ (Chapter) named after them. And since where I am staying now there are lots of ants, I […]

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This City Is Using Tiny House Villages To Fight Homelessness

Written by on June 3, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 1 Comment
This City Is Using Tiny House Villages To Fight Homelessness

Tiny house villages are popping up along the West Coast as a way to deal with a growing problem of local homelessness. At Dignity Village, residents pay rent of $200 a month for their tiny house, $25 for utilities and build equity in their cottages over time.

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Stunning Bamboo Homes Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Written by on June 2, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 1 Comment
Stunning Bamboo Homes Like You’ve Never Seen Before

You’ve never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive TED talk, Hardy shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination.

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This Couple Is Giving Away an Organic Farm and $20,000 To The Best 200-Word Essay

Written by on June 2, 2015 in Environment, Farming with 1 Comment
This Couple Is Giving Away an Organic Farm and $20,000 To The Best 200-Word Essay

Paul and Leslie Spell are the husband and wife owners and operators of Humble Heart Farms in northern Alabama, near the Tennessee border, and they’re moving, along with their 14-year-old son, to join some friends in Costa Rica. Rather than just sell the farm, they’re running a contest to see who can write the best 200-word essay, explaining why they should take over.

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Strong 7.8 Earthquake Strikes Off Japan’s Remote Bonin Islands (Raw Video Footage)

Written by on May 30, 2015 in Environment with 0 Comments
Strong 7.8 Earthquake Strikes Off Japan’s Remote Bonin Islands (Raw Video Footage)

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the ocean off Japan’s remote Bonin Islands at 11:23 GMT on Saturday, USGS reports. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage, nor any tsunami alert. The populated area closest to the quake’s epicenter is the Japanese island of Chichi-Shima with a population of about 2,000 people. It is 189 kilometers from the impact point.

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New Solar Powered Floating Farm Can Produce 8,152 Tons Of Vegetables And 1,703 Tons Of Fish A Year

Written by on May 29, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
New Solar Powered Floating Farm Can Produce 8,152 Tons Of Vegetables And 1,703 Tons Of Fish A Year

Javier F. Ponce and his team recently developed a sustainable floating garden system, run off of solar power, and estimated to produce over 8,152 tonnes of vegetables and 1,703 tonnes of fish a year. Ponce is an architect and founder of Forward Thinking Architecture from Barcelona, Spain, a company dedicated to environmentally beneficial and societally progressive architecture and urban design. Their recent project is named Smart Floating Farms, and incorporates a number of sustainable farming methods, such as hydroponics, solar and aquaculture.

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Scientists Call for Precautionary Measures to Limit EMF Exposure to Mobile Phones and Wi-Fi, Which They Say Is a Health Risk

Written by on May 28, 2015 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
Scientists Call for Precautionary Measures to Limit EMF Exposure to Mobile Phones and Wi-Fi, Which They Say Is a Health Risk

A group of scientists is appealing to the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) to initiate tougher guidelines on exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and wireless technology. They say there is growing evidence that EMFs are a risk to health and the environment.

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12 Plants that Repel Unwanted Insects

Written by on May 27, 2015 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
12 Plants that Repel Unwanted Insects

Are you an insect magnet? Insect magnets attract annoying insects the second they walk outdoors — or so it seems. If this describes you, take comfort in knowing that one of the ways you can fight back against mosquitoes, gnats, flies, no-see-ums and other pesky bugs doesn’t have to involve covering yourself with a sticky spray or engaging in chemical warfare. To help you enjoy going outdoors, try strategically placing insect-repelling plants in your garden or on your patio.

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5 Bugs You NEVER Knew Were In Your Home!

Written by on May 27, 2015 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
5 Bugs You NEVER Knew Were In Your Home!

We’ve all seen those creepy crawly bugs around our homes. But what most of us don’t know is that our homes are filled with a profusion of insects and their relatives, collectively called arthropods, most of which we never see. What are the most common ones you should know about?

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