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Denmark's ski slope (on top of a power plant) welcomes first guests

After considerable delay, the world’s most unlikely place to strap on a pair of skis and sail down a steep incline is, at long last, open for business. Well, mostly. Rising 279 feet above the pancake-flat outskirts of Copenhagen, Amager…

What's the deal with doodle dogs?

With a cute name and curly coat, doodle dogs seem to be incredibly popular with pet owners. Labradoodles and goldendoodles are probably the most well known of the doodle dogs. They’re favorites for people with allergies because they often promise…

Why dads are happier than moms

Think of the parenting stereotypes you know. Mom is usually the one who thinks about buying diapers, packing lunches, homework, doctor appointments, playdates and all the daily kid responsibilities. Dad typically helps but doesn’t have to carry as much of…

ELSI research suggests life thrived on Earth 3.5 billion years ago

(Tokyo Institute of Technology) 3.5 billion years ago Earth hosted life, but was it barely surviving, or thriving? A new study led by researchers at the Earth-Life Science Institute of Tokyo Tech provides new answers to this question. Microbial metabolism is recorded in billions of years of sulfur isotope ratios that agree with this study’s predictions, suggesting life throve in the ancient oceans. Using this data, scientists can more deeply link the geochemical record with cellular states and ecology.

State of the Union, Global Warming, Beto O’Rourke: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing – The New York Times

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. Image CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times 1. A day after President Trump warned that “ridiculous partisan investigations” could harm the nation, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said…

Don't knock the importance of leisure time

I divide my days, weeks, and years into two categories: There’s “Work” and there’s “Not Work.” I would guess you’re probably the same. But it wasn’t always this way. Previous cultures saw life as divided a bit differently. There was…

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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…

This week does not disprove global warming | News, Sports, Jobs – Alpena News

∫ OK, maybe a decade ago it was marginally clever during a bad winter storm to say, “Gee, I guess they called off that global warming thing!” Today, it’s not funny. Regardless of your political beliefs, global warming/climate change is…

Sustainable and recyclable thermoelectric paper

Researchers have created a new concept of thermoelectric material. It is a device composed of cellulose, produced in situ in the laboratory by bacteria, with small amounts of a conductive nanomaterial, carbon nanotubes, using a sustainable and environmentally friendly strategy.

Why it takes so long for Joshua trees to grow

Joshua trees strike a mesmerizing figure across the landscape. Their spiny tops and every-which-way branches make them look like something from a fantasy picture book. These iconic plants require some time, however, to reach that otherworldly appearance. They rely on…