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Brad Pitt interview with Ann Curry talks about going Green in New Orleans

Brad Pitt interview with Ann Curry talks about going Green in New Orleans

Global Green USA project in New Orleans

[Best Syndication] Brad Pitt did an interview with Today Show’s Ann Curry to discuss the importance of rebuilding New Orleans and building green or environmentally friendly housing. The first part of the interview aired this Wednesday on the Today show, and the second part will be airing on Thursday.

Brad Pitt is involved with Global Green USA project which aims to build houses that are good for the environment. Pitt got involved with the organization he tells Curry by saying, “Little steps like this-- I'm proud of it because it helps create a dialogue. It brings more knowledge and puts in-- puts these ideas into practice. There's a lot of people doing it, and we're happy to be a part of it.”

Curry asked Pitt why make the housing in New Orleans environmentally friendly. Pitt said, “The first thing that gets sacrificed in affordable housing is lights, ventilation. You see here we got great light. There's windows everywhere. There is this great breeze coming in...And I think, for the family that's going to be here, especially being a father, that it's got to feel good to know that he's giving his family a better way of life. That he's able to contribute that way. Not only that, this house does not poison the environment.”

Gray Water For Household Use?

Gray Water For Household Use?

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As more and more homes and businesses are built in the Central Texas area, the supply of water is a huge concern of mine. The lakes and aquifers can only sustain us so long without extensive conservation. As water becomes more scarce, it will become more expensive. So what can we do? Or should the question be -

What water can be re-used or recycled in a household?

Utility and environmental regulators have agreed on a few principles to follow. First, "black water" is that water from a household that is so dirty it should not be considered for re-use. This is water from the toilets, of course, but it's also water used to wash dishes, rinse food, and all the other stuff we do in the kitchen. Why is this black water? Because this water contains a lot of organic matter, bacteria, concentrated detergent residues, and oil and grease - stuff that does not break down quickly, get diluted, or otherwise behave well in a "water re-use" operation.

Meteor Shower Schedule Peak time tonight – Watch Falling Stars with or without Telescope

Meteor Shower Schedule Peak time tonight – Watch Falling Stars with or without Telescope

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[Best Syndication] Perseids meteor shower hits the Earth’s atmosphere tonight which will be happening for several days and they peak almost always in mid-August. The best time to catch the meteor showers is starting late tonight and early Monday morning.

Other names for the meteor showers are shooting stars, or falling stars. They really are not stars at all. The dirt and dust debris of the meteors catch on fire as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere causing the appearance as if a star was falling.

You can still see more on Monday night, but there will be less meteor showers than tonight. Astronomers are predicting approxiametely 60 meteors an hour to fly into the sky during the peak of the shower.

Cold fusion - The Salvage from the Energy Crisis?

Cold fusion - The Salvage from the Energy Crisis?

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In 1989 the chemistry professors Stanley Pons and Martin Fleishman reported that they had achieved cold fusion in a palladium anode emerged in a solution of sodium deuteroxide in heavy water D2O. Due to a bad exactness of their report, only few other scientists managed to replicate their findings in the first place. The findings were then dismissed as due to misunderstandings and bad scientific practice, and the matter of cold fusion has since been regarded as a taboo area.

However, some scientists did manage to replicate the findings, and quietly an enormous amount of positive research findings based on experiments of a lot better quality have been published. The phenomenon is again becoming accepted as a legitimate field of research by steadily more scientists.

Space shuttle docks at International Space Station

Space shuttle docks at International Space Station

Endeavour on Take off - Nasa

[Best Syndication] The US Space shuttle Endeavour reached its destination this Friday to dock at the International Space Station for delivery of the second-to-last support beam along with two tons of gear for the facilities.

The shuttle attached to the station at 2:02 p.m. EDT. The station commander Fyodor Yurchikhin greeted the astronauts when they entered the station and said, “Welcome aboard.” The ship’s bell was rung to acknowledge their arrival as well.

Barbara Morgan, 55, received an extra grand welcome when arriving with photos being taken upon her arrival. The reason for all the excitement, is that she gave up teaching to become an astraunaut after the 1986 Challenger exploded on take off, which killed Christa McAuliffe, who was also a teacher. Morgan had served as McAuliffe’s backup.

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