Lifestyle

California's Depot Walk Earns LEED Certification
December 17, 2007 03:36 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ORANGE, Calif. - Olson Homes, a pioneer in sustainable building practices and a leader in California's move towards in-town, urban living since 1988, is the first attached, new-home community in California to earn LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and attain a Silver rating. The model homes at Depot Walk feature green construction materials, eco-smart interiors and solar efficiencies.

"Bully" black hole blasts nearby galaxy: NASA
December 17, 2007 03:27 PM - Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A "death star" galaxy is sending out a powerful jet of particles and magnetic radiation that is likely obliterating any possible life in its broad path, notably in a nearby galaxy, astronomers said on Monday. They said the two galaxies appear to be merging and the disturbance in the magnetic field caused by this movement may have awakened a dormant, supermassive black hole in one of the galaxies. They have images of the deadly blast, spurting out from a system known as 3C321.

Largest Solar Array in North America: Nellis AFB
December 17, 2007 02:30 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Las Vegas, NV - Today the U.S. Air Force announced, and celebrates the completion of North America's largest solar photovoltaic system at Nellis Air Force Base, a massive PV solar array covering thousands of acres in the Nevada desert.

Paulson welcomes banks' steps on subprime debt
December 17, 2007 02:28 PM - Glenn Somerville, Reuters

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Monday that moves by some banks, including Citigroup to bring off-balance sheet investments tied to subprime mortgages back onto their books would help ward off a widespread credit crunch.

Modern Warfare Causes Unprecedented Environmental Damage
December 17, 2007 02:08 PM - , Worldwatch Institute

Washington, D.C.— Modern warfare tactics, as seen in the American war in Vietnam, the Rwandan and Congolese civil wars, and the current war in Iraq, have greatly increased our capacity to destroy the natural landscape and produce devastating environmental effects on the planet, according to Sarah DeWeerdt, author of “War and the Environment,” featured in the January/February 2008 issue of World Watch.

December home builder sentiment holds at record low
December 17, 2007 01:13 PM - Julie Haviv, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Home builder sentiment held at a record low for a third consecutive month in December, weighed down by problems in the mortgage market and a huge supply of unsold houses, an industry group said on Monday.

Canada to crack down on unsafe toys, food, drugs
December 17, 2007 01:02 PM - Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Reacting to a recent series of toy, food and drug recalls, the Canadian government pledged tighter regulations on Monday to try to prevent such problems in the future. "As we head into the holidays, there's growing concern about the safety of the products on the market, and for good reason," Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a news conference at a Salvation Army toy depot.

Veterinary Dentistry Opens Wide
December 17, 2007 11:18 AM -

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - From eliminating pain to improving an animal's overall well-being, pet dental health is gaining increased attention these days. Gone is the time when veterinary dentistry was little more than an occasional cleaning or pulling of the teeth, according to a report in the Dec. 15, 2007, edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Today, with advances in technology and veterinary education, veterinary dentistry has evolved into comprehensive treatment of periodontal and other dental diseases.

Winter storm pounds northeastern U.S.
December 16, 2007 01:52 PM - Scott Malone, Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - A major winter storm that dropped more than 10 inches of snow across parts of the Midwestern United States barreled into New England on Sunday, with snow, freezing rain and forecasts for winds as high as 50 miles per hour.

Is Your Yoga Mat Lacking Personality? Toxic?
December 16, 2007 01:47 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Lakewood, NJ - The ancient practice of yoga has moved one step forward with the introduction of non-toxic, personalized yoga mats. The new product is the brainchild of Gwen Bandes an eco-committed entrepreneur. The company offers all yoga lovers the option to embroider their name, friend's name, or even their pet's name on to an eco friendly yoga mat. Perhaps most importantly the mat is toxin free. It does not contain PVC, lead, or toluene. It's also biodegradable and recyclable.

 

 

 

 

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