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Can Coconut Oil Help You Lose Weight? ("the wonder fruit adds another plus - slimming")

Can Coconut Oil Help You Lose Weight? ("the wonder fruit adds another plus - slimming") | Feed. Lead. Inspire. Impact. | Scoop.it
A notable study published in the journal Lipids found that coconut oil could promote weight loss while helping individuals improve cholesterol levels .

One notable study, published in the journal Lipids, found that coconut oil could have a positive impact for those struggling with obesity.

During the study, women in both groups cut back on calories and dietary carbohydrates, while increasing caloric intake of protein and fiber. Fat ingestion remained unchanged. Only one week after the dietary changes were made, the coconut oil group had higher levels of HDL (“good” cholesterol) and lower levels of LDL. Further, though both groups had reductions in body mass index (a measurement of weight and height), only the coconut oil group experienced a reduction in waist circumference.

The amount of coconut oil used in the study was equal to about 2 tablespoons. Does this mean you too could reduce belly fat by including coconut oil in your diet? Possibly.

But before picking out the desirable parts of this study and running with it, it’s important to remember that the study participants also decreased their total caloric intake and began exercising daily for 50 minutes. Pairing these significant lifestyle changes with coconut oil consumption seemed to have the best results.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, May 2, 2014 10:21 PM

Among other uses, coconut slims!

"To make coconut oil part of your daily routine, you don’t have to swallow it by the spoonful. You can cook with it, put it in smoothies, or use it in place of other oils on salads, baked goods, and more. The health benefits of coconut oil are amazing – start using it now!"

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New solar-cell coating could enable a major boost in efficiency

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Throughout decades of research on solar cells, one formula has been considered an absolute limit to the efficiency of such devices in converting sunlight into electricity: Called the Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit, it posits that the ultimate...

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Ultra-Efficient Solar Power

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Harry Atwater thinks his lab can make an affordable device that produces more than twice the solar power generated by today’s panels. The feat is possible, says the Caltech professor of materials science and applied physics, because of recent advances in the ability to manipulate light at a very small scale.Solar panels on the market today consist of cells made from a single semiconducting material, usually silicon. Since the material absorbs only a narrow band of the solar spectrum, much of sunlight’s energy is lost as heat: these panels typically convert less than 20 percent of that energy into electricity. But the device that ­Atwater and his colleagues have in mind would have an efficiency of at least 50 percent. It would use a design that efficiently splits sunlight, as a prism does, into six to eight component wavelengths—each one of which produces a different color of light. Each color would then be dispersed to a cell made of a semiconductor that can absorb it.
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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

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The Met Office has warned that Ofcom's planned deregulation of radio spectrum for Home Area Networking kit risks disrupting radar-based weat (Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office: http://t.co/3CenENMRHS)...

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Energy Efficient Lighting and Why You Need It

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If you want to reduce your lighting costs there are a number of ways you can do it – the simplest way is by using your existing lighting more efficiently (by turning lights off for instance when you don’t need them) or by implementing energy efficient lighting


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The Little Secrets Behind Apple’s Green Data Centers | MIT Technology Review

The Little Secrets Behind Apple’s Green Data Centers | MIT Technology Review | Feed. Lead. Inspire. Impact. | Scoop.it
Apple is using a combination of solar, fuel cells, and renewable energy purchases to meet its clean-energy targets.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, April 20, 2013 7:41 AM

Its flagship project is the Maiden, North Carolina data center, which has a sprawling 20-megawatt solar array nearby, due to be completed this year. But data centers need so-called baseload power that can deliver power at all times of the day, as well as back-up reserves in the case of a grid outage.

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Will 2013 Be the Breakout Year for Alternative Energy? (FSLR)

Will 2013 Be the Breakout Year for Alternative Energy? (FSLR) | Feed. Lead. Inspire. Impact. | Scoop.it
The Motley Fool - Alternative energy investors may be finally getting what they have been waiting for.

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Lucio Co invests in Mindoro mini-hydro and NE biomass project

Lucio Co invests in Mindoro mini-hydro and NE biomass project | Feed. Lead. Inspire. Impact. | Scoop.it
Chinese-Filipino businessman Lucio Co, the majority owner of the Puregold supermarket chain, has partnered with renewable energy developer Sta. Clara Power Corp. for an eight-megawatt mini-hydropower project in Catuiran, Oriental Mindoro.

Sta. Clara Power currently owns and operates the 1.2-MW Loboc mini-hydropower plant in Bohol and has a 45-percent stake in the Amlan mini-hydro in Negros Occidental. Other projects include the 9-MW Cantakoy mini-hydro project in Bohol, Tinoc mini-hydro projects and other upcoming projects in Mindanao and Luzon. Union Energy, meanwhile, owns 66 percent of San Jose City I Power Corp., a renewable energy company that plans to build a 9.9-MW biomass plant in Tulat Rd., San Jose City, Nueva Ecija.


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