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With Air Conditioning Use on the Rise, More Heat-Trapping Chemicals Enter the Atmosphere

Over the last few decades, air conditioning manufacturers have been gradually phasing out ozone-depleting refrigerants like chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), replacing these chemicals with hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). But even as air conditioners are designed to emit fewer ozone-depleting chemicals, the rapid adoption of air conditioning throughout the developing world has caused heat-trapping HFC emissions to […]

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Vaping Competitions Heat Up with the Help of Sponsors and Large Cash Prizes

Turns out that electronic cigarettes are good for more than acting as a substitute for smoking — they also lead to what some may liken to an extreme sport. In the world of “cloud chasing,” simply using an electronic cigarette isn’t enough. Cloud chasers, as they’re called, often build their own unique vaporizers from different […]

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Pipeline Debates Delay Solutions for Electricity Costs in Massachusetts, Other New England States

Consumers in Massachusetts and across New England are complaining about rate hikes affecting their electric bills, and some are so severe that standby advice like switching to a programmable thermostat to control heating and cooling costs (reducing them up to 10%) are unlikely to make a difference. According to a March 10 story on Boston’s […]

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UK Woman Puts Her Inheritance Where Her Mouth Is — Literally

Upon learning of her father’s passing away, one UK woman decided to put her inheritance toward something a little unique — an entirely new smile. According to the Mirror, Kirsty Roberts-Millman of Coventry said she had been dissatisfied with the appearance of her teeth for as long as she could remember, even describing them as […]

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Nike Teases the Release of Self-Lacing Shoes Later This Year

The classic 1980s movie Back to the Future Part II, which takes its hero to 2015, got a few things wrong with the here-and-now, but it got a few things right. Though we don’t have flying cars, don’t wear two ties simultaneously, and haven’t had a female president yet, we do have wireless video games, […]

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Lowe’s Dedicated to Supporting Communities Across North America Through Lowe’s Heroes Program

The landscaping industry in the United States is a large and successful field that has been helping improve commercial and residential lawns for many years. The industry as a whole has generated approximately $74 billion in revenue, but for one of the big players in the landscaping and home improvement business, it’s not just about […]

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Retired Congressman Impresses With Long History of Charitable Donations

During retirement, most people like to engage in hobbies and pastimes, like gardening, doing crafts, bicycling, or baking. Almost three-quarters of retirees — 71%, in fact — like to read, while 53% pursue religious activities. Few seniors, however, have spent their retirements quite like ex-Congressman John LaFalce. Since retiring from his House seat in 2002, […]

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Barn Fires Kill Thousands of Animals and Cause Millions in Damage to MN and PA Farms

The community of Truman, Minnesota is mourning the destruction of one of the region’s most notable businesses, after a massive fire ravaged Cougar Run Farm. The farm, which is located in the southern part of the state, is about four miles east of the town of Truman, and is owned by Pipestone System, which controls […]

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New National Mall Memorial Intended to Honor Veterans With Disabilities

Washington, D.C.’s National Mall, the stretch of the nation’s capital that boasts the Capitol building, the Washington Monument and memorials for veterans of several major wars, welcomes approximately 25 million visitors annually. On Sunday, Oct. 5, the National Mall will unveil a brand-new monument that will allow these millions of visitors to pay respects to […]

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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Soars to Social Media Superstardom

It’s about that time of year when blade signs on sidewalks outside Starbucks coffee shops drive customers inside to purchase the company’s limited-time Pumpkin Spice Latte. But street signs aren’t the only way that Starbucks is pulling in its customers this year. The Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL as it’s colloquially known, is entering its […]