Which Smart Home Device will be Under your Tree this Year?

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Apple’s splash into home automation with addition of HomeKit to iOS 8 is expected to have a huge impact on sales of smart home devices in 2015 according to a Park Associates report that found 37% of U.S. Households plan to purchase one or more devices next year.

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Performance and convenience are the biggest attraction to electric cars for consumers

Electric cars still not appealing to Israelis

Environmental benefits are not the biggest attraction to electric cars.

People love to categorize things. Sometimes people categorize too quickly and too simply. Electric cars are linked to their environmental benefits and being green, but the electric cars’ performance and convenience benefits are the biggest electric car attractions for most consumers.

 

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100% of the world’s power could be supplied by renewables by 2050

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Even though wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy.

A global low-carbon energy economy could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. The first ever global life-cycle assessment of clean energy sources shows that a renewable system could supply the world’s entire electricity needs by mid-century, writes Tim Radford.

 

 

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The future of learning environments

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Architects rely on the teachers and the school administrators’ feedback regarding their work environment.

Moa Dickmark offers her insights into the future of pedagogy and learning environments, an issue that raises various questions around the world. Here, she shares her vision for learning spaces in the future, how to go about developing them, and why she believes that students and teachers should have a say and be a part of the development and implementation process.

 

 

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Living off the Grid is now Illegal in the State of Florida

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Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source.

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Nissan’s New Electric Car has Range

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For many more people than realize it, electric cars are already adequate for their needs and better than a gasmobile for their bank account and quality of life. However, it often isn’t good enough for disruptive technology to be better than the incumbents. It has to be much better. The target for electric cars, in order to meet that challenge, is a very long-range and affordable electric car. That would bring electric car convenience to another level, and leave gasmobiles with not a single actual advantage over electric cars, compared to nearly 10 for electric cars.

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12 amazing examples of environmental art

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Soil, wheat seeds, recycled metal and fabric
Brooklyn, New York, 2010

Aleta Florentin of Amber Lotus Publishing curated a new 2014 calendar that brings some of the best examples of environmental art all together in one place. This inspiring genre of art beautifully incorporates its natural surroundings in a way that’s surprising and often times meaningful.(Photos)

 

 

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