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Climate conspiracy hoax revealed!

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 09/09/2011 - 16:19
From a New York Times editorial, September 6, 2011:   Rick Perry, the Texas governor and longtime friend of the oil industry, . . . insists that climate change is an unproven theory created by “a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.” . .


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A tribute to the 4-legged heroes of 9/11

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 09/09/2011 - 16:03
A lot of heroes will be honored this weekend: those who survived, those that didn't ... and those who rose to the occasion to help their friends, neighbors and fellow Americans in need. But let's not forget the four-legged heroes who also served their country on Sept. 11.   As a way to pay homage to the search and rescue dogs of 9/11, Explore.org has produced a new short film that profiles Abby, the last surviving Sept.


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Middle class woes

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 09/09/2011 - 15:55
A look at the disappearing middle class.


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Jamie Oliver brings obesity fight to U.N.

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 09/09/2011 - 14:36
Jamie Oliver's "Food Revolution reality series may have been canceled, but that isn't stopping the "Naked Chef" from continuing his mission to tackle obesity and make healthy eating a global priority.    "With our Western-style diets, our biggest problems are a direct result of what the experts call 'bad feeding' — which basically means eating a load of rubbish, highly processed food that's jammed full of salt, fats, sugars,


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Guidelines for hassle-free couponing

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 09/09/2011 - 14:33
Here’s a little couponing story. One day I had a coupon for $1 off two boxes of cereal and another coupon for $1 off a carton of eggs with the purchase of two boxes of cereal. The cashier got rather annoyed and told me that I couldn’t use two coupons on the same product. I said they weren’t for the same product. She said they were. I said okay.


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Can we calculate the true cost of a manta ray?

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 09/09/2011 - 13:42
  The Irish Times published an interesting interview last week with Deutsche Bank economist Pavan Sukhdev, who led the U.N.-backed study The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).


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Patagonia prepares for Fashion Week

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:54
Fashionistas of the world are descending upon New York City for Fashion Week. A week of runways filled with top models showcasing the latest trends in clothing. While this is generally considered a time for consumers to buy – buy the newest, latest and greatest from their favorite designer, one clothing company is taking a different approach.


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The most important images in science

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:42
Maggie Koerth-Baker over at Boing Boing dug up a great thread at Quora asking users to share their favorite iconic scientific photos.


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Watch: Crossing a street in Vietnam

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:25
If I didn't see this video of a man crossing a street in Vietnam, I'd have a hard time believing it possible. Check this out.  


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Game on: TerraCycle brings Trash Tycoon to Facebook

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:10
  Make no qualms about it, I’m not a FarmVille kind of guy. At all.


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California family leaves unwanted 'mark' on urban agriculture

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:44
You may have witnessed the green blogosphere emit one huge WTF? over the past couple of days with news that the Dervaes family, the owners of a small urban farm at their home in Pasadena, Calif., trademarked terms including “urban homestead” and “urban homesteading” in October of last year.


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Ben & Jerry's 'Schweddy Balls' ice cream is no joke

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:30
I rarely watch “Saturday Night Live” anymore, but I love to watch the yearly holiday special that features classic skits from throughout the years.


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Behold, the $15 LED bulb

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:51
Even though some LED (or light-emitting diode) light bulbs boast lifespans that last decades while consuming minimal energy compared to old school incandescent bulbs, their price — often hovering around the $40 mark — has remained a sticking point with many consumers.


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2011 Solar Decathlon: Self-Reliance

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:45
Although past and present U.S. Solar Decathlons have attracted a diverse and super-talented roster of collegiate teams both homegrown and hailing from further afield, I’ve always found it a bit curious that, for the most part, colleges widely considered to be exceptionally green don't compete.


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Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:36
NOTE: Some major wind projects like the proposed TWE Carbon Valley project in Wyoming are already pricing in significantly lower than coal power -- $80 per MWh for wind versus $90 per MWh for coal -- and that is without government subsidies using today's wind turbine technology.    The International Clean Energy Analysis (ICEA) gateway es


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7 free personal finance podcasts

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:33
If you can’t get enough personal finance news on the Web or via the television, never fear, the Apple iTunes Store is here. Get your fill of budgeting, investing, savings and other money topics with one or more of these seven free personal finance podcasts.   To help you get a feel for the topics covered in each of these podcasts, I’m also including a list of the two most recent podcast titles.   1.


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First in glass: 10 homegoods for Recycle Glass Month

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 20:57
As you may have heard, we're currently in the midst of Recycle Glass Month (FYI, it's also National Chicken Month and National Blueberry Popsicle Month and today is National Date Nut Bread Day). So there's that.


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James Cameron's 3-D tech to go 'Walking with Dinosaurs'

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 20:45
When the decision was cast to take their new "Walking with Dinosaurs" feature film and tag "3-D" to the end of it, BBC Earth, Evergreen Films, and Reliance Pictures turned to the one man who could do the task justice.    Director James Cameron has been riding high since the 3-D camera system he invented with Vince Pace for "Avatar" ushered in a new age (and revenue source) for the entertainment industry. Back in April, h


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Houston residents love their coupons

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 09/08/2011 - 15:12
September is National Coupon Month and in honor of a month dedicated to frugality, ShopAtHome.com has released its annual coupon trends report. According to the report, the residents of Houston, Texas are the most frugal in the nation. In fact, consumers in the South are more frugal than consumers in other parts of the country.   Two other Texas cities made the list of the most frugal cities in the nation for 2011 – Dallas (#7) and San Antonio (#10).


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