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Foundation repair business soars as drought hits homes

Foundation repair business soars as drought hits homes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As if shriveled crops, dead fish, water rationing and brown lawns aren't bad enough, some residents across the Midwest and South are seeing the drought in their own homes as foundations shift in dried-up soil.
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Cryonics For Fruit: Extending The Life Of Produce

Cryonics For Fruit: Extending The Life Of Produce | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When it's the middle of the summer, we're quickly reminded that this time of year is all too fleeting. And while we never like to see the warm weather go, it's even worse to realize that all this great summer produce is soon going to disappear too.
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Authorities Target Couple's Front Yard Kitchen Garden

Authorities Target Couple's Front Yard Kitchen Garden | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Take a look at Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp's gorgeous front yard kitchen garden in Drummondville, Quebec.
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APOD: 2012 July 18 - A Hole in Mars

APOD: 2012 July 18 - A Hole in Mars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A different astronomy and space science
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New Study Reveals Why American Tomatoes Have No Taste

If you're like us, you've noticed that your tomatoes are pretty tasteless compared to European tomatoes or tomatoes grown in small batches by farmers with their own seeds. Well, a new study finally explains why. Scientists at Big Ag turned off the gene that creates the sweetness in the fruit. So why would they do that?

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The Neonicotinoid View: Beekeepers Response To EPA Decision

The Neonicotinoid View: Beekeepers Response To EPA Decision | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yesterday, The Environmental Protection Agency astounded the beekeeping community by announcing that it would not respond to a legal petition filed this past April calling for, among other things, the suspension of the neonicotinoid, Clothianidin.
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Banks and Madoff -- Peas in a Pod

Banks and Madoff -- Peas in a Pod | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There was something refreshing about Bernie Madoff. He robbed Peters to pay Pauls and it worked well until there were more Pauls than Peters. That is the difference between him and large financial institutions that cheat those with whom they deal.
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Twilight of the Elites: Chris Hayes on How the Powerful Rig the System, from Penn State to Wall St.

Twilight of the Elites: Chris Hayes on How the Powerful Rig the System, from Penn State to Wall St. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amidst a series of recent scandals that have rocked the global banking system, journalist Chris Hayes joins us to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy." The book examines how Wall Street and other major...
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Matt Taibbi Blasts CNBC Anchor

Matt Taibbi Blasts CNBC Anchor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Matt Taibbi called out CNBC anchor Larry Kudlow for claiming that banks' rigging of a key interest rate did not hurt anyone.
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Citigroup Could Be Poster-Child For U.S. Libor Manipulation

Citigroup Could Be Poster-Child For U.S. Libor Manipulation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So far Barclays has been the sad, British face of the Libor scandal, but there could soon come a day when an American bank could be the poster child for Libor manipulation.
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New Notre Dame research raises questions about iris recognition systems

New Notre Dame research raises questions about iris recognition systems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Notre Dame IN (SPX) Jul 20, 2012 -
Since the early days of iris recognition technologies, it has been assumed that the iris was a stable biometric over a person's lifetime - one enrollment for life.
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Carbon-Based Transistors Ramp Up Speed and Memory for Mobile Devices

Carbon-Based Transistors Ramp Up Speed and Memory for Mobile Devices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Jul 20, 2012 -
Though smartphones and tablets are hailed as the hardware of the future, their present-day incarnations have some flaws.
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Richard Heinberg: The End of the Line for Economic Growth

Richard Heinberg: The End of the Line for Economic Growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This is Richard Heinberg’s plenary talk at ISEC’s Economics of Happiness conference, held in Berkeley, California in March, 2012. Richard is a Fellow with the Post Carbon Institute, and...
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Greek Yogurt Purists Call Foul On Frequent Additive

Greek Yogurt Purists Call Foul On Frequent Additive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Greek yogurt traditionalists are fuming over new methods to produce its characteristic thick texture, which they believe violate the product's "standard of identity." NPR spoke with Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of the successful seven-year-old company...
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David Letterman unloads on fracking | MINING.com

David Letterman unloads on fracking | MINING.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The CBS Late Show host does not like hydraulic fracturing.
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The Green Deserts of Western Civilization

The Green Deserts of Western Civilization | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The following commentary is adapted from the posthumously published Sowing Seeds in the Desert by Masanobu Fukuoka (Chelsea Green, 2012). Fukuoka was the author of the international bestseller One-Straw Revolution. He died in 2008. Given the recent news about the extended drought facing much of the United States, we thought our readers might want to read Mr. Fukuoka’s deep insight into how Western agricultural practices have helped to create vast deserts across the planet, while on the surface appearing very “green.” In fact, Mr. Fukuoka notes, below the grassy surface, soils are being depleted and drained — becoming deserts under our feet. As you read this, keep in mind that Sowing Seeds in the Desert first appeared in print – in Japanese – in the mid-1990s.

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Colorado “Batman” Shootings Eerily Similar to Others Involving a Lack of Cognitive Control | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Colorado “Batman” Shootings Eerily Similar to Others Involving a Lack of Cognitive Control | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shortly after moviegoers had settled in to watch a midnight premier of The Dark Night Rises on Friday morning, a heavily armed gunman entered the Aurora, ...
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It's Not Just Spills—the Climate Risks of Arctic Drilling

It's Not Just Spills—the Climate Risks of Arctic Drilling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As global warming—ironically—opens up once-iced over parts of the Arctic waters to drilling rigs, greens worry that a spill in the hostile environment of the far North is as inevitable as it would be devastating...
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Climate Parents: For Kids’ Future, Mark Hertsgaard Urges Families to Take On Global Warming

Climate Parents: For Kids’ Future, Mark Hertsgaard Urges Families to Take On Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the U.S. suffers through its worst drought since the 1950s, the author and environmental correspondent Mark Hertsgaard joins us to discuss his new initiative, "Climate Parents." In a new article, "Parents Need to Act Against Climate Change for...
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Oakland City Council Seeks to Cut Goldman Sachs Ties After Bank Profits from Lowered Interest Rates

Oakland City Council Seeks to Cut Goldman Sachs Ties After Bank Profits from Lowered Interest Rates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Oakland City Council has voted unanimously to end a contract with Goldman Sachs that locked it into a financial deal called an high interest rate swap.
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Elizabeth Warren: 'Libor Fraud Exposes Rot At The Core'

Elizabeth Warren: 'Libor Fraud Exposes Rot At The Core' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Warren jumped into a growing chorus decrying the massive Libor manipulation on Thursday with a scathing editorial in the Washington Post. "The Libor scandal is more than just the latest financial deception to come to light.
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Outside View: Energy independence key

Outside View: Energy independence key | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Montgomery, Ala. (UPI) Jul 19, 2012 -
In China, they are building things. Big things.
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Disentangling information from photons

Disentangling information from photons | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Glasgow UK (SPX) Jul 20, 2012 - Theoretical physicist Filippo Miatto and colleagues from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, have found a new method of reliably assessing the information contained in photon pairs used for...
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The Future of Biomaterial Manufacturing: Spider Silk Production from Bacteria

The Future of Biomaterial Manufacturing: Spider Silk Production from Bacteria | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Jul 20, 2012 -
A new video article in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, demonstrates procedures to harvest and process synthetic spider silk from bacteria.
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