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It's Earth Day - Today And Every Day!

By Meera Dolasia on April 22, 2014
It's Earth Day - Today And Every Day!

Earth Day was born on April 22nd, 1970, when 20 million people across the United States took to the streets to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Today, it has transformed into a global movement, one that is observed by billions of people around the world who annually pledge to undertake a 'green' initiative set by the Earth Day Network (a consortium of 22,000 partners across 192 countries), to help our planet.

Seattle's Park Passive House Takes Energy Efficiency To A Whole New Level

By Allegra Staples on April 20, 2014
Seattle's Park Passive House Takes Energy Efficiency To A Whole New Level

Residential houses have come a long way in reducing their energy footprint. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, homes built after 2000, consume only 2% more energy than older homes, despite being 30% larger. While that is certainly encouraging, advocates of the Passive House movement believe that there is a lot more that can and needs to be done - not just to reduce energy costs, but also, to help reverse global warming.

Dutch Designer Aspires To Replace Street Lights With Glow-in-The-Dark Trees

By Meera Dolasia on April 19, 2014
Dutch Designer Aspires To Replace Street Lights With Glow-in-The-Dark Trees

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde is on a quest. He wants to replace the millions of street lights that dot our streets with bioluminescent trees. And while that may sound like something straight out of a science-fiction movie, it is not as far-fetched as you think.

Get Ready For The First Total Lunar Eclipse Of 2014

By Meera Dolasia on April 11, 2014
Get Ready For The First Total Lunar Eclipse Of 2014

Stargazers all over the world are getting ready to experience the first of four total lunar eclipses that are scheduled to occur before the end of 2015. The 'tetrad' lunar eclipses are a rare phenomenon - one encountered only seven times, this century. What makes it even more special is that all four eclipses will be visible to the residents of the United States.

Baby Volcanic Island Niijima Swallows Up Its Neighbor!

By Meera Dolasia on April 7, 2014
Baby Volcanic Island Niijima Swallows Up Its Neighbor!

When the eruption of a volcano on November 21st, 2013, resulted in a brand new island about a thousand kilometers south of Japan's capital Tokyo, experts were a little hesitant to declare that a permanent new landmass had been born. That's because these kind of volcanic islands have a tendency to disappear almost as rapidly, as they appear.

Glowing Ball Installations Bring Light To Typhoon Ravaged Philippine Residents

By Meera Dolasia on March 22, 2014
Glowing Ball Installations Bring Light To Typhoon Ravaged Philippine Residents

In November 2013, super-typhoon Haiyan AKA Yolanda, swept through the Philippines decimating many of its cities and leaving thousands of residents homeless. As is usually the case following natural disasters, initially, there was tremendous outpouring of concern and aid from the international community. However as the months have passed, world focus has moved on to other issues and the donations, trickled down to almost nothing.

Origami-Inspired Paper Microscope May Help Save Thousands Of Lives

By Allegra Staples on March 19, 2014
Origami-Inspired Paper Microscope May Help Save Thousands Of Lives

At first sight, the Foldscope looks like a hastily assembled children's toy. However look closer and even into it, and you will realize that it is a powerful working microscope - one that can be used to detect dangerous blood-borne diseases like malaria and sleeping sickness, allowing for early treatment and potentially, saving thousands of lives.

Video Of The Week - Spectacular Northern Lights Light Up European Skies

By Meera Dolasia on March 10, 2014
Video Of The Week - Spectacular Northern Lights Light Up European Skies

For thousands of years, the Northern Lights have been putting up an incredible show in the skies above  Europe, Alaska, Canada, Russia and if the solar flares are strong enough, even Northeast USA. This year was no different. On Thursday, February 28th, the annual phenomenon lit up the skies of the U.K. and Northern Ireland with beautiful hues of greens and reds, mesmerizing the residents fortunate enough to see them.

Daylight Saving Time Begins This Weekend!

By Meera Dolasia on March 7, 2014
Daylight Saving Time Begins This Weekend!

Here is some good news for those of you that have been enduring below freezing temperatures for the last three months - Spring is almost here, at least as far as the clocks are concerned. That's because this weekend, most Americans will anticipate the season change by moving their clocks ahead by an hour.  Also referred to as Daylight Saving or British Summer Time, this age-old tradition dates all the way back to World War One.

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