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2014-08-27 12:24:11

Platform Development Supported by $1.6M Award from the DOE SunShot Initiative to Lower Acquisition Costs and Increase Home Solar Adoption Nationwide SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States, today unveiled Sunrun BrightPath(TM), the industry's first open end-to-end automated software platform that enables Sunrun and its certified partners to manage every aspect of a homeowner's solar system. In 2013,...

2014-08-27 12:21:01

Hybrid technology continues to capture the attention of fuel-economy-focused drivers PLAINFIELD, Ill., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The rising cost of gas in recent years has made lengthy daily commutes more of a financial burden on many drivers. Since the price of gas isn't likely to return to the rates of 10 or even five years ago, vehicles must adapt to better meet the needs of the modern driver. Ford has been at the forefront of the shift from gas-powered vehicles to...

zombie ant fungus
2014-08-27 03:30:44

Chuck Gill, Penn State A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host, but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows. The findings, which suggest that the fungus "knows" its preferred host, provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon, according to researchers. "Fungi are well known for their ability to...

freshwater marsh vegetation
2014-08-27 03:00:52

Steve Hinnefeld, Indiana University Research by Indiana University geologists suggests that an intermediate amount of vegetation -- not too little and not too much -- is most effective at stabilizing freshwater river deltas. The study, "Optimum vegetation height and density for inorganic sedimentation in deltaic marshes," was published online Aug. 24 by Nature Geoscience. The findings may help guide restoration of river deltas, such as those near the mouth of the Mississippi River,...

local bubble
2014-08-27 08:50:47

Dr. Tony Phillips, Science@NASA Once every 50 years, more or less, a massive star explodes somewhere in the Milky Way. The resulting blast is terrifyingly powerful, pumping out more energy in a split second than the sun emits in a million years. At its peak, a supernova can outshine the entire Milky Way. It seems obvious that you wouldn't want a supernova exploding near Earth. Yet there is growing evidence that one did — actually, more than one. About 10 million years ago, a nearby...

2014-08-27 08:23:11

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS) announces that its mill in Longview, WA, has now been certified according to both the SFI and PEFC chain-of-custody standards, the highest levels of sustainable forestry certifications available. Previously the Longview mill had been certified to the SFI fiber sourcing standard. KapStone's three other paper mills, five chip mills, and one sawmill are also certified to these same...

2014-08-27 08:23:09

New $58 million residential solar fund inked SAN DIEGO, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OneRoof Energy, Inc., a residential solar services provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of OneRoof Energy Group, Inc. (TSXV:ON) announced today that it has reached an agreement with an unrelated third-party securing equity for a $58 million residential solar financing fund that will support an estimated portfolio of more than 2,000 residential solar power purchase agreements to be originated over the...

2014-08-27 08:22:54

Prior to UN Climate Summit, Cultural Leaders Join Al Gore to Highlight Climate Solutions at Hand, Encourage Viewers to Dedicate a Day to Climate Fight BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Climate Reality Project's fourth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast, 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope, will be presented live from Brooklyn, New York on September 16-17, beginning 12 PM EDT. This year's broadcast marks a turning point in the global movement for climate...

2014-08-27 08:22:52

SHENYANG, China, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NF Energy Saving Corporation (NFEC) ("NF Energy" or the "Company"), a leading energy saving services and solutions provider for China's power, petrochemical, coal, metallurgy, construction, and municipal infrastructure development industries, today announced that the Company has developed a new solution to the disposal of landfill leachate. It has entered a new market in environmental protection. Leachate Concentration Harmless Dryer,...

2014-08-27 08:22:29

DUBLIN, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Solar Energy Lamp Industry Report 2014" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130307/600769 The Global Solar Energy Lamp Industry Report 2014 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global solar energy lamp industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain...


Latest Environment Reference Libraries

Archey’s Frog, Leiopelma archeyi
2014-08-27 09:54:56

Archey’s frog (Leiopelma archeyi) is one of three or four living species within the Leiopelma genus, which holds frogs that are native to New Zealand. This species can only be found along the Coromandel Peninsula and because it has not changed much throughout the past two hundred million years, it is considered to be a living fossil. Little is known about the habits of Archey’s frog, but it is known to be terrestrial, inhabiting damp areas at high elevations. It is thought that males...

Antelope Jackrabbit, Lepus alleni
2014-08-27 09:30:16

The antelope jackrabbit (Lepus alleni) is a species of hare that can be found in North America. Its range extends from south-central Arizona in the United States to Sinaloa, Sonora, and northern Nayarit in Mexico and includes Tiburon Island in Mexico and the far southwestern areas of Chihuahua. This species can be found in a variety of habitats including deserts, grassy hills, and plains, as well as urban environments. It holds two subspecies known as Lepus alleni tiburonensis and Lepus...

Maud Island Frog, Leiopelma pakeka
2014-08-22 10:38:14

The Maud Island frog is native to New Zealand, first discovered in the 1940’s. Originally classified as the same species as the Hamilton’s frog, it was reclassified in 1998 as its own species. The Maud Island frog is one of the oldest species known. It has been in existence for roughly 200 million years. In 2006, 60 Maud Island frogs were introduced to a predator free sanctuary. Thirty others were also released outside the sanctuary for comparison. In February 2008, 13 juvenile frogs...

Palawan Horned Frog, Megophrys ligayae
2014-08-21 11:52:00

The Palawan horned frog is native to the Philippines where the habitat is tropical or subtropical dry forests, moist lowland forests, moist shrub land, and rivers. Habitat loss is a contributing factor in the reduction of the population of this species. It is listed as endangered on the IUCN list. The color of this species is a light brown or grey with two ridges running down the back and a dark triangular patch behind the dark brown eyes. It has a large and wide head with a pointed snout....

Long-Nosed Horned Frog, Megophrys nasuta
2014-08-21 11:45:09

The long-nosed horned frog is also known as the Malayan horned frog or the Malayan leaf frog. The habitat of this species is in rain forest areas, where it is cool and damp, ranging from southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore, Sumatra and Borneo. The body length of the long-nosed horned frog is around four inches. It is light to dark brown in color with camouflaged markings to blend in with the forest floor. The throat is dark in color spreading to a cream color halfway on the...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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