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    Did-you-know-barberry

    Barberry and Ticks

    You might not want this deceptively attractive plant in your yard if you have dogs or cats.

    A study by University of Connecticut shows that areas with the presence of Berberis thunbergii are more likely to have Lyme disease-carrying ticks:

    Williams recites the numbers. ”When we measure the presence of ticks carrying the Lyme spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi) we find 120 infected ticks where Barberry is not contained, 40 ticks per acre where Barberry is contained, and only 10 infected ticks where there is no Barberry.”

    Source source Tag(s) invasive species, gardening
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    201704

    Climate change is real.

    Source source Tag(s) climate
    Added 23 days ago view
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    Windturbine

    Economical tax savings from ecological home improvements

    Use Energy Saver's reference list below to see if you are eligible for qualifying credits when filing IRS Tax Form 5695 with your taxes. Bonus points for having your receipts and manufacturer's certification statement on hand! Home Efficiency Improvements

    First-time claimers of the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit can get as much as $500 back for qualifying installations in 2016. Follow the links below to review specific requirements for each product. Remember that to claim the credit, all products must have been placed in service by December 31, 2016.

    Building Envelope Improvements

    -- Building Insulation -- Exterior Doors -- Roofs (metal and asphalt)

    Heating, Cooling and Water-Heating Equipment

    -- Furnaces -- Heat Pumps Water Heaters (non-solar)

    Home Renewable Energy Systems

    Thanks to the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit, you can get a tax credit of 30 percent for the cost of adding these renewable energy technologies to your house:

    -- Fuel Cells -- Geothermal Heat Pumps Solar Photovoltaics -- Solar Water Heat -- Residential Wind Turbines

    Source source Tag(s) energy, efficiency, taxcredit, economical
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    Piezoelectrics

    Material can turn sunlight, heat and movement Into electricity -- all at once

    Extracting energy from multiple sources could help power wearable technology.

    A perovskite solid-solution that exhibits tunable bandgaps in the visible light energy range is showing promising material for light absorption and conversion applications,(solar energy harvesting and light sensing).

    Such a common ABO3–type perovskite structure, most widely used for ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics, enables the same solid-solution material to be used for the simultaneous harvesting or sensing of solar, kinetic, and thermal energies.

    These results are considered to be a significant improvement compared to those of other compositions which could be used for the same applications. The results pave the way for the development of hybrid energy harvesters/sensors, which can convert multiple energy sources into electrical energy simultaneously in the same material.

    Source source Tag(s) solar, green tech, technology, smart materials, materials engineering
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    Biofuel_algae

    Biofuel-producing algae can now be farmed 10x faster than before

    New process moderates temperature of grow environment

    When the microalgae is first seeded, it’s kept at 15 degrees celsius, which makes it a solution. When it’s heated by just 7 degrees, it becomes a gelatinous mixture in which microalgae grows in clusters 10x larger than in the regular medium. Finally, it’s cooled again for harvesting, at which point it turns back into a solution, which can be separated using gravity.

    See also: the study put out by Syracuse University

    Source source Tag(s) energy, biofuel
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    Discardedconcreteblocks

    Reclaimed concrete a house does make

    Source source Tag(s) design, recycled house
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    Luminate_concrete

    Cement that generates Light

    Carlos Rubio Ávalos of the UMSNH of Morelia, developed a cement with the capacity to absorb and irradiate light energy,

    The researcher claimed that the applications are very broad, and those which stand out most are for the architectural market: facades, swimming pools, bathrooms, kitchens, parking lots, etc. It would also be useful in road safety and road signs, in the energy sector, such as oil platforms, and anywhere you want to illuminate or mark spaces that don’t have access to electricity since it doesn’t require an electrical distribution system and is recharged only with light. The durability of light-emitting cement is estimated to be greater than 100 years thanks to its inorganic nature, and its material components are easily recyclable.

    Source source Tag(s) design, construction, smart materials
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    Maybe it takes a forest to raise a tree

    "Why are trees such social beings? Why do they share food with their own species and sometimes even go so far as to nourish their competitors? The reasons are the same as for human communities: there are advantages to working together. A tree is not a forest. On its own, a tree cannot establish a consistent local climate. It is at the mercy of wind and weather. But together, many trees create an ecosystem that moderates extremes of heat and cold, stores a great deal of water, and generates a great deal of humidity. And in this protected environment, trees can live to be very old. To get to this point, the community must remain intact no matter what. If every tree were looking out only for itself, then quite a few of them would never reach old age. Regular fatalities would result in many large gaps in the tree canopy, which would make it easier for storms to get inside the forest and uproot more trees. The heat of summer would reach the forest floor and dry it out. Every tree would suffer.

    Every tree, therefore, is valuable to the community and worth keeping around for as long as possible."

    Tag(s) ecology, arboreal
    Added 6 months ago view
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