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Walmart expands Rooftop Solar Panel Project at more California Stores

Walmart in Marina, California with solar panels on roof - credit:Wal-Mart

(Best Syndication News) - Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced plans today to install solar panels on more stores in California. This expansion of their solar project will provide renewable energy at over 75 percent of their retail stores in the state. Walmart said they are planning to install solar panels on 60 more stores in California by the end of 2013.

There will eventually be 130 Walmart stores with solar panels installed on the rooftops. By changing over to solar generated electricity, the company has saved over a million dollars, explained Kim Saylors-Laster, Walmart vice president of energy.

AT&T Accessory packaging to use Plant Based Plastics

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(Best Syndication News) - AT&T announced that they would be using up to 30 percent of a plant-based plastic that is made from ethanol to package the company’s accessory products. The plant-based plastic is made from natural sugarcane, which is a renewable resource, and replaces almost a third of the packaging that would have been used with fossil fuels.

AT&T has had an ongoing effort to make their product packaging more environmentally friendly. In March 2010, they initially announced plans to reduce the packaging for their accessories. In 2010 and 2011 these changes alone had saved over 500 tons of paper and plastic.

Perseid Meteor Shower Peak is early hours of August 13 - How to find the Perseus Constellation

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(Best Syndication News) - Sky watchers will want to remember to take some time out to view the Perseid meteor shower that will be at its peak during the early morning hours of Saturday, August 13, 2011.

At the peak of the meteor shower, there are around 60 shooting stars per hour in the night's sky. Of course, the shooting stars are really meteors burning up when entering the atmosphere. The Swift-Tuttle comet is responsible for the Perseid meteor showers. The pre-dawn hours will have the most meteors entering Earth's atmosphere per hour.

Two Moons Theory suggested by Scientists

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(Best Syndication News) - Earth may have had two moons at one point in time, according to a new theory being suggested by scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz. The theory is presented in the current issue of the journal Nature.

The second moon was believed to be one-thirteenth the size of the moon we have today. The scientists believe that the two moons could have shared the same orbit, but at some point they collided. This collision created 10 Kilometers of extra crust on near-side of the moon. The other moon disintegrated, but left the current moon with a dichotomy; which is a flat area on the near side and mountain rocky areas on the far-side.

GMO Foods Pros and Cons debated on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

Grains - credit: National Cancer Institute PD

(Best Syndication News) - On his show today, Doctor Mehmet Oz invited three experts to debate the pros and cons of Genetically Modified Organism foods. The experts discussed how GMO seeds are created and debated the safety of the foods that are produced from them.

In the US, Doctor Oz explained, around 80 percent of all packaged foods contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). There is currently a project to develop and sell GMO Salmon for human consumption; but that will need FDA approval first.

Oz explained that 20 years ago the food-supply chain was radically changed when genetically engineered foods were first introduced. New super crops were genetically modified when one genetic component was spliced into the DNA of another.

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