science and technology

Let's Reclaim Shark Week!

If you're a shark lover, we don't need to tell you that this is Shark Week, the Discovery Channel's sensational celebration of all things shark. Instead of faux documentaries and specials that play on bloodthirsty stereotypes, let's respect that the ocean is home to these curious, powerful animals. Let's reclaim shark week!

Garden DIY: 5 Ways to Up Your Garden Game with Technology

Since gardening was "invented" around 12,000 years ago, the skills and tools associated with the craft have evolved constantly. In fact, the traditional approach to gardening is to always update how it's done. To help you keep on the cutting edge, we'll cover a myriad of ways modern techniques and tools can be used to improve your gardening game.

Water Leak? Fix It and Forget It

According to the EPA, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each spring they ask everyone to take a week and hunt down the drips and streams of wasted water. Fix-a-Leak Week is March 16-22, and it's a great time to find and fix your leaks so you can save valuable water and money all year long.

Passive House: High Performance Houses for a Warmer Future

Imagine you're building a home. What if you could design it so your electric bill was next to nothing, but the home would cost you 10 percent more upfront? Would it be worth it to you? For Jennifer and Sloan Ritchie, residents of Seattle's first certified Passive House, the answer was a resounding, "Yes!"

Our Heroes: Paul Gallay of Riverkeeper

The next installment of Our Heroes: "Know Your Waterkeeper" is with Riverkeeper President and Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay. Find out what his oddest moment as a Riverkeeper has been. [HINT: it involves a tattoo!]

Photographer Jamey Stillings: Seeing the Big (Solar) Picture

A person might wonder how images of a bunch of mirrors in a desert would yield beautiful - and important - photography. Welcome to the work of Jamey Stillings and his online exhibit of photos at the Forward Thinking Museum of the ongoing construction of the Ivanpah Solar project in the Mojave Desert.

Water at the Movies

Water is a theme that runs through all forms of popular culture, from books to myths to Hollywood and international films, with a growing number of shorter video pieces posted online at YouTube and similar sites. Peter Gleick went to the trouble of assembling a list of movies that feature water as a theme, either in the background or a main theme. It's a great way to look at movies.

Environmental Reporting? We Say Yes, NYT Says No Thanks

We Ecocentric bloggers were dismayed when the New York Times closed the Green blog because most mornings began with a visit there as we produced our curated Eco News. If the Green blog and environmental reporting aren't deemed essential at the Times, then what is?

Get Ready to Hack//Meat

From December 7 - 9, Food+Tech Connect, GRACE Communications and Applegate are bringing together technologists, entrepreneurs, creatives, policy experts, non-profit leaders and industry executives for Hack//Meat, the first-ever "meat hackathon" in New York City.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Data

The USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, a new digital report detailing USDA support for local and regional food projects between 2009 - 2011, includes interactive maps, data sets, photos, video content and business and community case studies.

Report from the Field - Farmbill Hack

On Dec. 4, 2011, 120 designers, data scientists, developers, marketing professionals, food policy experts, and USDA employees took on the farm bill.

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