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Residential amenities are typically thought of in terms of golf courses and fitness centers. But at new type of neighborhood popping up all over the U.S., the main attraction is a farm. Called ‘agrihoods,’ these communities center around farm-to-table living.



Recovering waste heat


Thermoelectric materials convert temperature differences into electric voltages and vice versa.  The Peltier Effect, which allows voltages to provide either heating or cooling, is used in portable coolers and in some car seats.   But the Seebeck Effect, which produces electricity from temperature differences, has far more potential for practical use.



Trouble from tropical fish


One of the highlights of visiting tropical destinations such as the Caribbean and the South Pacific is the profusion of colorful tropical fish that inhabit the warm waters of these places.  Climate change is raising water temperatures far from the tropics and tropical fish are migrating to entirely new locations.  While this may sound like a good thing, is definitely isn’t.



Light rail systems really help


More and more American cities have been adding or expanding light rail systems in recent years.  Notable examples over the past decade include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Dallas and Denver.



Hellbender populations


North America’s largest salamander is disappearing at an alarming rate. Hellbenders commonly reach two feet in length and have a life span of up to 30 years. They are the third-largest salamander in the world, after the Chinese giant salamander and the Japanese giant salamander.


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