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To end the age of fossil fuels, try learning to speak its language

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 20:48
  In my previous post, I pointed to an excellent interactive documentary called “Coal: A Love Story.” One of the most admirable things about the project is that even though a major theme of the whole piece is the devastating toll that coal mining and coal-fired energy production take on human lives, it still tells its stories the right way.


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Watch: Is gold a safe investment?

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 20:46
The recent sell offs in the stock market are causing some investors to look into gold as a safer investment choice. On Tuesday, gold closed at $1756.20 an ounce, up $13.20 for the day. However, gold may not be as safe as it appears.


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Jon Hunstman: 'Call me crazy' for believing in science

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 20:37
  As the Republican candidates running for president attempt to one-up each other’s conservative credentials, Jhn Huntsman (R-Utah) is trying to stake out some territory on the moderate side of the right wing political spectrum.   Huntsman took to Twitter to take what many perceive as a jab at Republican candidate Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas). “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming.


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7-year-old boy writes book to pay for life-saving dog

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 20:19
Evan Moss is not your average 7-year-old boy. For starters, his recent Alexandria, Va., book signing drew 600 people from as far away as Pennsylvania and New Jersey. But he's not your average child celebrity either. His book isn't a tell-all about the movie industry or fodder for the next reality television show.


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Rapper 50 Cent wants to feed a billion children

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 19:01
Back in July, rapper 50 Cent tweeted a message with a very ambitious goal attached. "I want to impact peoples lives more.


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New Orleans cafe helps at-risk youth

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 18:49
Cafe Reconcile helps area youth gain valuable life and job skills.


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TED Talks: Josette Sheeran on ending hunger now

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 18:47
A recent TED Talk tackled the difficult and disturbing problem of a world with a lot of food but an ever-increasing population of people going hungry.     Thought-provoking, isn’t it? 


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Bill Clinton one step closer to vegan diet

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 18:46
When Bill Clinton announced last year that he was dropping meat and dairy in favor of a plant-based diet, it immediately threw the spotlight on veganism and its associated health benefits.    "I'm trying to be one of those experimenters," said Clinton.


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What if aliens are eco-terrorists?

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 17:10
If intelligent aliens exist, they might be smart enough to realize how dangerous we are, warns a new report by scientists at NASA and Pennsylvania State University. In fact, if such brainy aliens ever see how much we've damaged our own planet, they may even wipe us out to protect other ecosystems throughout the cosmos.   This is all sci-fi speculation, of course, and it's just one theory in a broader effort to imagine what contact with extraterrestrial intelligence ("ETI") would be like.


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Why 54.5 mpg is really 40 mpg

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 15:48
  It was historic when President Obama announced a wide-ranging agreement with automakers and the state of California that will get cars to a whopping 54.5 mpg by 2025. Wow, 54.5 mpg!


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Michele Bachmann's fuzzy gas math

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 15:09
  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is creating a track record of saying things that leave folks scratching their heads. Her latest claim, that if she is elected president, the country will see gas prices fall below $2 a gallon, is one of the head-scratchiest things she has ever said.


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Electric Avenue: Where EVs go to charge

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 14:13
I have seen the future of transportation, and it unfolds on an electric avenue.


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Is chef Paula Deen a danger to America?

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/19/2011 - 14:03
If you ever wondered what celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain thinks of his cooking colleagues, look no further than the scathing tongue-lashing he gives in the latest issue of TV Guide magazine.   The 55-year-old has always been rather unfiltered when it comes to personal opinions about others, but this latest attack carries some serious bite.


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John Denver Peak proposal faces legal roadblock

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/18/2011 - 21:24
A simple petition to honor the late singer John Denver with a peak in Colorado is stirring up a bit of Rocky Mountain controversy.   The famous singer/songwriter, born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., had a special place in his heart for the state — with songs like "Rocky Mountain High" (which became Colorado's second state song) and "Aspen Glow" all inspired by the gorgeous natural beauty of the region.    J.P.


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5 healthy slow cooker breakfasts

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/18/2011 - 21:09
My boys don’t go back to school until after Labor Day (thankfully), but in some school districts students have already returned to school after summer vacation. I know as well as anyone how hectic school mornings can be and how tempting it is to fall back on cold cereal. There are usually one or two boxes of organic cereal on top of my refrigerator just in case (and just in case happens much more frequently than I’m comfortable with).   The beauty of cold cereal is not that it’s all that great, it’s that it’s ready in a minute.


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PETA launching porn site

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/18/2011 - 20:59
It appears that PETA is ready to move beyond just "barely naked celebrities" and instead go for the full monty.    The animal rights organization is apparently looking to capitalize on the newly announced .xxx domain with a "pornography site that draws attention to the plight of animals."   While the group is open about their intentions, other well-known brands such as MTV, Com


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10 green writers you should be following on Google+

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/18/2011 - 20:22
Google+, the search giant's big push into social media, was launched in June and quickly amassed a huge user base — 10 million users two weeks after launch and 25 million just a month after. It's still has a long way to go to catch up to Facebook's 750 million users, but it's making a good start of it and is officially the fastest-growing social media site.


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What is Naegleria fowleri?

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/18/2011 - 19:32
A rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba has taken three lives in the U.S. this summer, CNN reports, and ongoing droughts could put more people at risk. The single-celled killer, known as Naegleria fowleri, is common in lakes and other freshwater sources, and thrives when temperatures are high and water levels are low.   N.


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When trees attack

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/18/2011 - 18:50
I just stumbled across a great collection of photos showing trees taking control of their surroundings and a few of humans making design and building concessions to our woody brethren.   This one is my favorite:     Imagine how bummed the bicyclist who locked his bike to this tree was when he came back to find it had sw


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For the classy greener oenophile: Wine rack for your bike

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/18/2011 - 18:28
My buddy Derek Markham started writing for Discovery.com last month and is off to a great start. One of his posts for a sweet wine rack for your bike caught my eye. Here's a really good video showing how it all came together.    


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