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New to the Gardens Lemy – a black lab mix To Forever Fosters Plato Linus Jake Across the Rainbow Bridge Snoopy – one of the original Home Gang Trixie – quite unexpectedly Miscellaneous Updates Ellie came to us in mid-December…

LEED Gold Gateway Arch Museum sports a 3-acre green roof in St. Louis

Praised for its use of sustainable materials and energy-saving features, the recently renovated Visitor Center and Museum at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis has just been awarded LEED Gold certification. Currently one of only eleven other LEED-certified National Park Service sites, the newly expanded development is the work of Cooper Robertson and James Carpenter Design Associates, in collaboration with Trivers Associates, and marks the centerpiece for the renewal of the 91-acre Gateway Arch National…

The Beam Magazine & The Solar Panel Art Series Are Competing For The UN SDG Action Awards

To meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we need everyone to take action. Every year, the UN SDG Action Awards recognize individuals and organizations who are advancing the global movement for the SDGs in the most transformative, impactful, and innovative way. This year, both The Beam magazine and the Solar Panel Art Series are competing. Help us to share the word!

Why charismatic, introduced species are so difficult to manage

Introduced and invasive species can present big problems, particularly when those species are charismatic. Some introduced species, like zebra mussels, tend to be reviled by the public, and people willingly adhere to strict management policies. However, if an animal has that elusive quality of charisma, people often don’t want it to be controlled, even if it’s harming the environment. Inevitably, these imbalances in public perception of introduced species influence the way those organisms are managed.

A new approach for the fast estimation of the solar energy potential in urban environments

Researchers have developed a new approach for calculating fast and accurate the solar energy potential of surfaces in the urban environment. The new approach can significantly help architects and urban planners to incorporate photovoltaic (solar power) technology in their designs.

Harvesting wild genes gives crops renewed resistance to disease

A global alliance of researchers has pioneered a new method to rapidly recruit disease-resistance genes from wild plants for transfer into domestic crops. The technique promises to revolutionize the development of disease-resistant varieties for the global food supply.

Earthquake with magnitude 7.5 in Indonesia: An unusual and steady speed

Earthquakes happen when rocks on either side of a tectonic fault shift suddenly in opposite directions. Two main seismic waves that carry shaking out of a breaking fault are “S” waves, which shear rocks and propagate at about 3.5 km/s, and “P” waves, which compress rocks and propagate faster at about 5 km/s.

Where do the best strawberries grow?

Agricultural production benefits enormously from flower-visiting bees and other insects. Hedgerows and the edges of forests represent important habitats for pollinators. Scientists have investigated whether hedgerows and their proximity to forests might affect the pollination of strawberries. In fact, both the weight and the quality of strawberries increased when plants were at hedgerows or hedgerows next to forests.

Greta Thunberg Sets The Record Straight

Greta ThunbergGreta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has sparked climate protests around the world, has been hit with a backlash of hatred and innuendo. In a statement, she sets the record straight.

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