Category: Home And Garden

Plants Bolster Defenses When They ‘Hear’ Danger

Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insects’ chewing, university study finds Previous studies have suggested that plant growth can be influenced by sound and that plants respond to wind and touch. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, in a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis, have determined that plants respond to…

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Virginia Tech architect: ‘green roofs’ need not go to great depths to work

By John Pastor Virginia Tech architect reveals ‘green roofs’ need not go to great depths to work Architectural researcher to tell global conferees how ‘living roofs’ help build better cities Hot town, summer in the city — it’s nothing new, but ways to handle the heat, humidity, and stormwater haven’t changed much since the invention of…

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Gardens Above, Power Below

by Brian Berletic Underutilized rooftops and roadways are catching the attention of creative communities around the world turning wasted space into gardens and power plants. ProgressTH looks at a few examples of how people are turning wasted space into productive sanctuaries and localized powerhouses. The Space Between Go to the top of any tall building…

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Chill Out This Summer with a Homemade Air Conditioner

By Jeffrey Green You’re probably still shivering at the thought of this past winter, but the summer heat is right around the corner and with it comes the dreaded high electric costs of cooling your house. What if there was a cheap, easy-to-make alternative to energy-sucking air conditioners? The video below shows how to make…

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USAID Top Scientist: “For the first time food production will be limited on a global scale”

by Jeffrey Green The U.S. Agency for International Development is a government body in charge of distributing taxpayer dollars to foreign projects that will theoretically bring humanitarian aid to struggling regions.  No matter what one might think about the nobility of such a mission, the agency has been much maligned for its decades-long mismanagement and…

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Stanford Scientists Develop New Model for Solar Farms

A new model for solar farms that “co-locates” crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable biofuel plants along with solar energy. by Ker Than Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for…

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