The Making and Completion of the new World Trade Center

The new 1World Trade Center, photo courtesy of RenewN?YC and SOM

The new 1World Trade Center, photo courtesy of RenewN?YC and SOM

Americans and the world has waited for 13 years to see what will be 1 World Trade Center. The wait is almost over. Final construction is just about done and tenants are beginning to build out their new offices.

The story is a remarkable one, filled with delays, squabbles and, finally, partnership and commitment. Surprisingly, it’s also one of family, devotion and pride. You’ll want to read the great article by Josh Sanburn. It’s poignant and will touch your heart. The documentary film RISE is filled with interviews of the ironworkers who made it happen. Their stories are an integral part of the whole. They are the heroes we can look to, who gave us something to truly be proud of.

10 National Parks (areas) you haven’t heard about

Lake Kuzitrin, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska. Photo credit: National Park Service

Lake Kuzitrin, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska. Photo credit: National Park Service

Editor’s Note:  I came across this article earlier today. As a Nature lover, I was surprised to learn about these national treasures. Perhaps if we know of them we can appreciate them more.

Of the 401 parks managed by the National Park Service, there are definitely some fan favorites—the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite. Each year nearly 275 million visitors flock overwhelmingly to the big names on the NPS list.

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Gorgeous wilderness area – first to be designated by Congress in five years

Photo by xray10, flickr

Photo by xray10, flickr

Who knew there were sand dunes in Michigan?  And such beautiful wilderness!

This week Congress passed and sent to President Obama for his signature the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act, which permanently protects 32,557 acres along the mainland shore of Lake Michigan. This newest addition to the National Wilderness Preservation System will be known as “Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness,” which includes portions of two islands, forests, miles of beach and spectacular sand dunes rising hundreds of feet above Lake Michigan.

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Those silver fillings in your mouth are mercury in disguise

Dental WorkAs a kid, I was among those who didn’t really get it about great oral hygiene. Consequently I ended up with a lot of fillings in my mouth. Over the years, I’ve wondered about how safe these “silver” fillings really were, especially with all the media attention about mercury. An article today brought the seriousness home.

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The Exosuit – an exciting new tool for ocean exploration

Exosuit 1The ocean’s depths remain our “final frontier” to a large degree. Even with the development of submersibles and advanced technology, there’s a lot we still don’t know because we can’t get there to see what’s down there.

But a new aluminum alloy dive suit called the Exosuit may change all that.

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21 Green Experts Reveal Their Best Tips for a Green Remodel

Editor’s note: The following article is one I had the privilege of contributing to. There are plenty of great suggestions here to help anyone considering going green(er) in their next remodel.

Green remodeling graphicIn this post you’ll discover some incredible insights that will help you navigate the overwhelming process many face when remodeling their home with “GREEN” on their minds.

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