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Nutrients: Essential Elements of Healthy Teeth

by Kristy Harvey •

Brush. Floss. See your dentist. We all know the basics of keeping our mouths healthy, but if you’re hitting the high points and still having trouble staying out of the dental chair, there could be a missing link in your overall dental health plan: nutrition. We all know that eating our fruits and veggies and cutting down on the sugar …

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Skyscraper Creates All Its Own Energy

by Justin Thomas •

This skyscraper, to be built in Dubai, is called the Burj al-Taqa (‘Energy Tower’), and it will produce 100% of its own power. The tower will have a huge (197 foot diameter) wind turbine on its roof, and arrays of solar cells that will total 161,459 square feet in size. Additional energy is provided by an island of solar panels, …

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90% Of Israeli Homes Have Solar Water Heaters

by Justin Thomas •

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I recently noted that Hawaii has enacted a law that requires all new homes to install solar water heaters. Eventually, Hawaii may have as many water heaters as Israel, where 90% of homes have solar water heaters installed. When viewed from above, the Jerusalem often glitters with the shine of the thousands of solar heaters that adorn rooftops.

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GM And Segway Unveil Their Electric 2-Seater

by Justin Thomas •

Yesterday, GM and Segway unveiled an electric-powered urban vehicle called the Puma. The Puma seats two people, and is said to reach a top speed of 35 miles per hour. The vehicle can go 35 miles before needing a recharge. Larry Burns, vice president of research and development for GM, said it would cost about 35 cents to charge the …

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Finding Inexpensive Non-Toxic Bedding

by Justin Thomas •

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Update 2016: See my updated article on non-toxic bedding. We spend about one third of our lives in bed. It’s a time when our body regenerates itself. We release about 3 liters of water while we sleep, and our bodies go through cycles of cooling down and heating up. We also absorb substances through our skin and through our lungs. …

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Amazing Green Building: The ACROS Fukuoka

by Justin Thomas •

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In Fukuoka City in Japan, they have an amazing building called “ACROS Fukuoka” with two very distinct sides: one side looks like a conventional office building with glass walls, but on the other side there is a huge terraced roof that merges with a park. The garden terraces, which reach up to about 60 meters above the ground, contain some …

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The Best Low-Flow Showerheads

by Justin Thomas •

Low-flow showerheads are efficient. They can significantly reduce your household water consumption without a noticeable difference to your shower experience. The term “low flow” is generally defined as a showerhead with a water consumption rate of 0.5 to 2 gallons per minute (gpm). Here’s my review of what’s available:

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Unfolding Prefab: Holl House by Andrew Maynard

by Justin Thomas •

Andrew Maynard‘s Holl House starts off as a vertical column, then unlocks into a horizontal network of hinged structures. “How can the housing industry make exciting, well designed and cheap housing?” Maynard asks. “Easy, mimic the car industry.” “The dimensions of the basic module are dictated by the maximum dimensions available to be transported legally on Australian roads without permits.” …

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3 Reasons Light Rail is an Efficient Transportation Option for U.S. Cities

by Tracy McGill •

Light rail is a type of electric railway that runs on right-of-way railroad tracks or on tracks in city streets. Using their own lanes and able to go anywhere, light rail cars mix well in urban settings by not getting caught up in traffic congestion. Though the United States operates the largest and most efficient freight railway system in the …