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August 2014

Worms to the Rescue - August 29, 2014
Businessman Tom Herlihy has 8 million employees -- 8 million, hungry, little red worms, that is. And keeping this work-force fed is a full-time job. You see, a pound of earthworms digests about half its weight in organic material each day. So wher...

Golden Rule: Recycle - August 28, 2014
Who's more environmentally responsible? Seniors? Young Adults? Men? Women? When it comes to recycling glass at least, a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Granada observed that housewives are more likely to do it than u...

The New Power Suit - August 27, 2014
The Power Suit is back. Yep. Thanks to scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. But goodbye polyester: These suits use molecular-sized silicon wires to convert body heat into electricity. A jacket embedded with the wires could recharge yo...

Gecko Robot - August 26, 2014
If imitation is really the sincerest form of flattery, Mother Nature must love today's story. Geckos -- those friendly little animated creatures that sometimes appear in television ads -- have inspired innovation. Scientists developed a small tan...

Bright Ideas - August 25, 2014
In the race to energy efficiency it looks like CFLs, or compact florescent lightbulbs, are slowly gaining on traditional incandescents. But, there's still along way to go. The U.S. Department of Energy reports 30 percent of households have not instal...

Shark Photo ID - August 22, 2014
Smile, whale shark, you're on candid camera -- the high seas version. Whale sharks are truly impressive creatures, growing up to 66 feet long and weighing as much as 20 tons. They are known as "gentle giants" due to their docile nature, and touri...

Pacific Fisher Update - August 21, 2014
It's stocky and dark brown with a long bushy tail, and fur softer than a mink's. Meet the Pacific Fisher. This handsome, otter-like critter related to weasels and wolverines is considered one of the rarest carnivores in the Pacific Northwest. Trappin...

Earth Friendly Resort - August 20, 2014
Welcome to Isla Earth. Or should I say, Aloha? It turns out that one of the world's top Earth Friendly getaways is the Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Condé Nast Traveler magazine, which keeps track of these thi...

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