Can Nuclear Energy Be Green? Thorium And Traveling Wave Reactors Give It A Shot

by Tracy McGill •

The recent events in Japan have sparked renewed debate over the risks of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy advocates defend uranium as a sustainable source of energy that is relatively safe, that is until something goes wrong. Opponents have long maintained the health and environmental risks associated with uranium mining and nuclear waste alongside the threat of nuclear power plant accidents …

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Greenstar Leading The Way To Sustainable Recycling

by Tracy McGill •

Greenstar Recycling, one of the largest recycling firms in the U.S., has become a leader in implementing successful residential recycling programs and increasing recycling rates by 300% in cities such as Dallas and San Antonio. By using single stream recycling- meaning residents don’t need to sort their own recyclables- Greenstar has made recycling convenient for local residents and businesses. CEO, …

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New 12 Watt LED Closely Matches 60 Watt Incandescent

by Justin Thomas •

The AmbientLED from Philips is the latest LED light designed to replace the 60 watt bulbs in people’s homes. Unlike older LEDs I tested, this light is definitely up to that job. It gives off 800 lumens of warm light, while running on 12 watts. It’s the first LED light to earn an ENERGY STAR qualification. To qualify, a 60-watt …

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World’s First Hybrid Solar Energy Plant Powers Florida Homes

by Tracy McGill •

The newest hybrid model isn’t a car, but the world’s first hybrid solar energy plant that went on the grid last week in Martin County Florida. The Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) latest innovation to launch Florida as the clean energy state. Working in conjunction with an existing natural gas power plant, the …

Commuter And City Bikes Shine At 2011 NAHBS

by Tracy McGill •

For the average bike commuter, the idea of owning a handcrafted, custom fit bicycle used to be just a pipe dream. But with the increasing popularity of the annual North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS) sales of custom made bikes are rising and interest is growing. The 2011 NAHBS took place last month in Austin, TX showcasing bike builders from …

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The Best Rechargeable D Size Batteries & Chargers

by Justin Thomas •

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The best rechargeable D size batteries are the new LSD Ni-MH (low self-discharge Nickel-Metal Hybride) cells. These new Ni-MH rechargeable batteries are able to retain a charge for a year, making them suitable for using in flashlights and other low-term applications. See also our full review of the Best AA Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers. 

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The Best LED TVs of 2011

by Tracy McGill •

LED TVs are a type of LCD TV that use LED lights to illuminate the screen. In full-array LED TVs the light emitting diodes are embedded across the entire back of the panel, while other models are edge-lit, where the LEDs are arranged around the sides of the panel and illumination is directed toward the center. Most LED TVs feature …

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The Best Noise Canceling Earphones Of 2011

by Benjamin Roman •

Noise canceling headphones work their magic by producing sound frequencies that directly counter the sounds of ambient noise, while still allowing desired sounds (such as music) to come through crystal clear. Full-size noise canceling headphones can offer fantastic sound quality, but sometimes users need a smaller, more portable package for traveling or working out. To allow a streamlined in-ear design, these …

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Despite Recent Concerns, LEDs Still Offer Efficient & Clean Light

by Benjamin Roman •

LEDs offer the best energy efficiency of any widely available lighting technology.  And LED lights contain no mercury, as opposed to the compact fluorescent bulbs that have become so common.  But recent reports suggest that LEDs may have their own issues with hazardous substances, so should you steer clear of them?  Not so fast – LEDs are still a great …

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Best Prepaid Cell Phones

by Tracy McGill •

Prepaid cell phones have recently seen a surge in consumer interest as a recession-friendly option for mobile communication. With no contract to sign, prepaid cell phones are an attractive option for those who don’t want a large monthly bill or to be tied down to one phone or carrier for a lengthy period of time. Prepaid cell phones are also …