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Posted on January 09, 2015

In countries where electricity and water are scarce, keeping food from spoiling is a challenge. According to the United Nations, 45 percent of crops grown in developing countries end up going bad before getting to market or being consumed. That food becomes trash, wasting soil, water, seeds and labor and often contributing to famine.

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Posted on December 29, 2014

peugeotTechnology increasingly impacts the way we live. We’re not talking about the WiFi devices that allow you to control your home from wherever you are, or a personal camera-toting drone – those are already on the market for under $200. Here are three technological developments which seem fated to have the same level of impact on our lives as the personal computer.

Posted on December 19, 2014

solar panels under a rainbowIt has been a very long haul since we took the plunge on June 30th and paid for our solar equipment, manufactured in China, to be transported across the US border into Canada. Free trade has really destroyed our own manufacturing economy, but that is a whole other conversation.

Posted on November 10, 2014

Some tagged Antarctic penguins have had a new visitor lately and although it looks cute and cuddly it has an important purpose. The furry, penguin lookalike is a robot on a mission to check in on wild penguins while keeping them calm and stress-free.

Posted on September 24, 2014

House with large, sun facing windows, and solar panel roof.International architecture firm Snøhetta has partnered with Norway's Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) and to design and build a remarkable experimental house that helps move the development of very efficient buildings forward.

Posted on August 29, 2014

Book Cover: Reintroduction Biology“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” — Th. Dobzhansky, 1973.

Wiley-Blackwell publishes a book series on “Conservation Science and Practice” that gives much insight into conservation, ecosystem restoration, reintroduction biology, population and community ecology, and natural resource management, largely in a multidisciplinary context that includes social and economic considerations.

Posted on May 29, 2014

Electric carsA brand new Maserati was ahead of me. Responding to a shot of gasoline, the rumble of its mufflers pierced my car windows. A few blocks later, I’m beside this polished symbol of testosterone and money. Red light. This is the situation where I can’t resist the opportunity to have some electric car fun.

Posted on April 04, 2014

A Shanghai company has 3D printed 10 small houses, 200 square metres, costing about $5000.

Posted on March 31, 2014

On March 13, 2014, Gerrard Olivotto, a consultant working for the BC government, visited  Sointula, BC to conduct a survey to measure people's reactions to photographs of wind turbines located in various locations and terrains. Mr. Olivotto explained that the information collected will be analyzed and published, and will form the cornerstone of government policy regarding the scale and location of wind energy developments in BC.

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