New Buildings To Be Net Energy Producers

In line with national objectives outlined by President Obama to improve building efficiency by twenty percent in the next ten years, entrepreneurs can take advantage of ample funding.

While designing buildings that create more energy than they take in is sound environmental policy, it can also be a good way to draw customers to your business, as one Florida credit union discovered. "A few years ago in central Florida, John Santarpia had an idea. He was the president and C.E.O. of a credit union and felt he needed to do something to improve its image. 'We're a medium-sized credit union and there's a lot of competition,' Santarpia said. 'We wanted to stand out.' He and his colleagues had found a lot in Lakeland, a city of about 100,000 residents, with an ice cream shop on it."

A dark matter hurricane is crashing into Earth

Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."

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  • A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
  • It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
  • Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
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We are heading for a New Cretaceous, not for a new normal

The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.

Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt, MD, USA
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A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.

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New study reveals what time we burn the most calories

Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.

Photo: Victor Freitas / Unsplash
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  • Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
  • While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
  • Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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