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Cicadas and Lifespans – Reflections on a Morning Walk

August 23, 2015 – I’m listening to cicadas outside my apartment window this morning. The steady high-pitched buzz saw singing that often is mistaken by those who are uninformed ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: A Space Age Shower You Can Buy Today

August 22, 2015 – It is called The Shower of the Future and costs $4,412 U.S. Inspired by NASA but built to work here on Earth, this washing technology from Sweden is a closed ... Continue Reading →
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Carbon Capture from Air Technology Demonstrated

August 21, 2015 – If we could directly harvest carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and separate and capture the carbon while converting what’s left to oxygen then that would ... Continue Reading →
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Zero-Carbon Initiative Helps Home Owners Judge Solar Potential of Their Roofs

August 19, 2015 – I am often asked by readers if it is worth putting solar panels on the roof of their homes. Here in Toronto solar powered houses are few and far between. But ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: A Lamp That Runs on Saltwater

August 18, 2015 – It goes by the acronym SALt. It is the invention of a brother and sister from the Philippines. And it is an answer to a long enduring problem in the Developing ... Continue Reading →
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U.S. Patent Issued for Canadian Space Elevator

August 17, 2015 – A Canadian company applied and was granted a United States design patent for what could prove to be an affordable space elevator. The company is Thoth Technology ... Continue Reading →
Fort Lauderdale coastal flooding

Maladaptation Related to Climate Change a Growing Concern

August 16, 2015 – When my wife and I were in Florida last winter we drove along A1A, the roadway next to the Atlantic Ocean, where the City of Fort Lauderdale was in the process ... Continue Reading →
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New UN Projections Show World Population to Hit 11.2 Billion by 2100

August 14, 2015 – If you live in Canada it sometimes is hard to believe that our world will see an almost doubling of population between the beginning and end of the 21st century. ... Continue Reading →
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Forget Atmospheric Warming – Its the Ocean We Need to Worry About

August 13, 2015 – Whatever we are doing to the atmosphere by adding greenhouse gases will take centuries to repair. But the damage to the ocean makes these atmospheric perturbations ... Continue Reading →
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Is MIT’s New Fusion Reactor Concept the Answer to Unlimited Power?

August 12, 2015 – The promise of an affordable commercial fusion reactor continues to be ten years out. It was ten years out in 1990. Ten years out in 2000. And ten years out ... Continue Reading →