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Elegant Self-Assembly IO Chair Designed for Introspection and Daydreaming
Collect this idea Daydreaming, reading or relaxing in a cozy chair is a traditional part of life. IO Chair was developed by Juan Ochoa at the Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI) and encourages its users to
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Dreamy Lakeside Modern Chalet in Quebec’s Forested Landscape 
Collect this idea Can you imagine yourself living in a modern chalet in Quebec? If you answered yes, this exemplary modern cottage located near Lake Champlain, in Quebec, Canada. Placed just a few feet away from the
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Luxury Mountain Chalet Offering Striking Panoramic Views in Whistler, Canada
Collect this idea Lakecrest Residence is an imposing mountain chalet in Whistler, Canada perched atop a rocky cliff in a lakeside neighborhood of Whistler, Canada. As you probably guessed, this is one of those homes that
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What Are the Top Neutral Colors to Choose Now 08 November 2014, 16.57 Living
What Are the Top Neutral Colors to Choose Now
Collect this idea There is a new trend in neutral color—gone is the boring beige! Image Source: Jules Art Of Living There is a new trend making an appearance on the interior design horizon—stylish new shades of
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Fresh Ideas Exhibited by Bauhaus Architects&Associates Office in Vietnam
Collect this idea The creative team at Bauhaus Architecs & Associates managed to transform a dull 90 square-meter surface into a fresh office design filled with inspiring elements. Bauhaus Architects&Associates
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Another Dust Bowl? California drought resembles worst in 1,000 years
A high-pressure ridge that blocks rain storms has been present each time California has suffered through an intense drought. By planting crops that lacked drought resistance, farmers during the Dust Bowl encouraged 'black
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Bear cub rescued from California dumpster 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Bear cub rescued from California dumpster
Wildlife officials in Pasadena first had to scare off the cub's mother to perform a safe rescue, but don't worry — there's a happy ending to this story. Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 02:50 PM After a long day in Pasadena,
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How to safely watch the upcoming partial solar eclipse
Solar eclipses can be dangerous to gaze upon, so make sure you have the correct filters for your telescopes or a viewing box. By: Geoff Gaherty, Starry Night Education for SPACE.com Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 01:43 PM A
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Terrifying tornado clusters on the rise 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Terrifying tornado clusters on the rise
Despite the rise in back-to-back tornado incidences, the annual number of tornadoes has held steady. The intensity of tornadoes may be getting an assist from climate change (Photo: NOAA) Tornadoes are touching down in
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Bizarre sounds from frozen lake explained 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Bizarre sounds from frozen lake explained
The same physics that created the sounds of laser bolts in 'Star Wars' are responsible for the 'pew pew' sound of rocks skipping on an icy lake. Cory Williams reacts to the bizarre sound of a rock hitting a frozen lake. (Photo:
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El Nino versus the polar vortex: Which will rule winter?
Since a fully formed El Niño is struggling to form, the battle for weather supremacy may be a mild one. Snow on a window in Chicago during the polar vortex in January 2014. Americans can expect a milder winter for the end of
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Live/Work Conversion Loft in San Francisco With Vaulted Concrete Ceilings
Collect this idea Concrete is not usually associated with a warm and welcoming home. In today’s post, we will try to demonstrate that with proper inspiration and decorating skills, beautiful things can occur. This
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Handcrafted Origami-Inspired Lampshade Adding a Stylish Touch Where Needed
Collect this idea Portugal-based studio blaanc borderless architecture shared photos and information regarding one of their latest works. Orikomi is a lightweight lampshade, made of high quality paper and carefully
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Vivid Ambiance Cleverly Achieved in Small Apartment Near Saint Petersburg
Collect this idea Welcome to a cheerful small apartment envisioned by Geometrium and located in Lensovetovskij, a village near Saint Petersburg, Russia. The crib was especially developed for a young couple who requested
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Intriguing Dear O’ Deer Planter Re-Shaping Perception of Everyday Things
Collect this idea Delhi based duo Re-culture recently presented Dear O’ Deer, an intriguing ceramic planter that works on the juxtaposition of the dead and the living. The plant grows outwards from a ceramic deer skull
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10 Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes in Interior Design
Collect this idea Have you made a massive decorating mistake without even realizing it? There are a lot of common mistakes to avoid. Image Source: Marcel Page Photography It happens to everyone— you are shopping and
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Ingenious Modern Makeover Reviving Malay Urban Heritage
Collect this idea With elegance and grace, a modern makeover can bring back the focus on living rather than preserving. And not just any kind of living. Owners of this remarkably renovated Peranakan shophouse in Singapore
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Your Luffa Sponge Paved the Way to Modern 3D Acoustic Tiles
Collect this idea What do you get when you mix a natural material used in a new way with a conscious choice of saving the eco-system? You get that distinctive feeling of being part of the solution, instead of the
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Expansive Rotterdam Market Hall Shaped Like A Giant Horse Shoe by MVRDV
Collect this idea From nine o’clock in the morning, until eight o’clock in the evening, the inhabitants of Rotterdam will have a chance to evaluate fresh food and other goodies inside a new massive arch-shaped venue.
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What is a LEED Certified Home? 08 October 2014, 23.45 Living
What is a LEED Certified Home?
Collect this idea Is a LEED home right for you? Image Source: Jeffers Design Group LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for green building. There are numerous levels and
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14 Inspiring Custom-Built Modern Cat Houses Revealed at LA Fundraising Event
Collect this idea All cat lovers out there will be pleased to see sculptural, artistic modern cat houses that not only provide their furry little pets with shelter and climbing fun, but also decorate modern
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Newfound S. American predator snacked on tiny dinos
The two-legged species is the first predatory dinosaur unearthed in Venezuela. An artist's illustration of the Tachiraptor admirabilis chasing after the herbivorous dinosaur Laquintasaura. A puma-sized predatory dinosaur that
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'Blood Moon' photos: Total lunar eclipse thrills skywatchers and photographers
The next total lunar eclipse is in April 2015, so you have time to get your cameras ready! The spectacular 'blood moon' total lunar eclipse of Oct. 8 is captured by photographer John W. Johnson of the Omaha Astronomical Society
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Typhoon Vongfong is 2014's most powerful storm 08 October 2014, 23.44 Living
Typhoon Vongfong is 2014's most powerful storm
Current forecasts have the storm weakening before it reaches Japan, which will be a relief as parts of the country are still recovering from Typhoon Phanfone. By: Becky Oskin, LiveScience Wed, Oct 08, 2014 at 10:48
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Court could decide if chimpanzees are legal persons
Activists seek to have Tommy's 'personhood' declared so as to free him from captivity and place him in a sanctuary that resembles a natural environment. The Nonhuman Rights Project uses scientific studies to argue that
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Alaska volcano blanketed Europe in ash 1,200 years ago
Mount Churchill ejected just 12 cubic miles of ash, but this ash spread for miles, leading scientists to reconsider the potential effects of even minor eruptions. An image of Mount Churchill in 1948 highlights other,
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BBC celebrates the 'glory and wonder of nature' 08 October 2014, 23.44 Living
BBC celebrates the 'glory and wonder of nature'
New website pulls together award-winning video, photos and stories and kickstarts the conversation about a topic that never ceases to amaze: Earth. Known worldwide for its spectacular, award-winning nature documentaries like
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Why You’ll Fall In Love With The Green Architecture Trend
Collect this idea Sustainable architecture is becoming more and more accessible to the residential market. Image Via: Duket Architects Planners A few decades ago, the concept of sustainable architecture was reserved for
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Scandinavian Apartment Jazzed Up By Industrial Design Elements
Collect this idea We got used to Swedish homes displaying unassuming comfortable decors, with a cheerful vibe throughout. Comparing to what we usually publish, this Scandinavian apartment is downright “irreverent”. It
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New Wooden House Extending Living Outdoors Salutes Modern Family Life
Collect this idea A new wooden house can invoke the fascination of rural life while compacting all the necessities of a modern family life within a sequence of spaces. Living in the city often means dreaming about a
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Enchanting Farmhouse Design in the Heart of Texas by Magnolia Homes
Collect this idea Chip and Joanna from Magnolia Homes shared photos of their home with readers worldwide, which is how we found out about this enchanting farmhouse in Texas, United States. After moving from one dwelling to
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Luminous 3 Bedroom Apartment Flaunting Modern Scandinavian Style
Collect this idea How do you choose your 3 bedroom apartment design? Maybe you fell in love with the modern Scandinavian style and that’s exactly why this apartment will inspire you. Beautifully distributed, the interior
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Lovely Range of Themed Children’s Beds Mixing Fun, Play and Rest
Collect this idea Balancing fun and rest, these new children’s beds from Danish company Lifetime are a treat. The collection below features special themes ranging from pirates and princesses to Morrocan style materials and
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Stylish Open-Plan Apartment in Taipei Showcasing Futuristic Design Ideas
Collect this idea This stylish open-plan apartment envisioned and implemented by J.C. Architecture is located in a busy area of ​​the city of Taipei, Taiwan. Tea-Art project is situated on the third floor of a large
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Stylish Modern Ranch in the Hollywood Hills Exuding a Welcoming Feel
Collect this idea This Modern Ranch in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills is a spacious home with abundant natural light and a great indoor/outdoor feel. Built by Kenihan Development, the residence
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10 Reasons You Should Use Sustainable Building Materials
Collect this idea Sustainability doesn’t mean you have to give up luxury. Image Source: Maienza Wilson Do you really know the true definition of sustainability? It is a trendy word that is often tossed about, but the
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Tastefully Renovated 19th Century Apartment Exuding a Classical Eclectic Style
Collect this idea This former Communist home was renovated by interior designer Judit Koczoh in collaboration with Beck Real Estate Kft to create a beautiful, practical, and energy efficient apartment. There were virtually
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NASA selects SpaceX and Boeing to launch U.S. astronauts into space
Boeing and SpaceX will be required to go through a rigorous certification process that includes at least one manned demonstration mission to the International Space Station. Artists' illustrations of the the SpaceX Dragon
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How to take clear photos of a light-polluted Milky Way
It takes a lot of work in post-processing to make our home galaxy appear in some photographs. Spotting the Milky Way on dark, cloudless nights can be a challenge for anyone, but trying to see it through the haze of light
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to build rocket engine for Boeing
Testing for the new engine should begin in 2016, with the first flight due for launch in 2019. Jeff Bezos looks on as a new model of Blue Origin's BE-4 liquid rocket engine is revealed during a press event on Sept. 17. (Photo:
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Chimpanzees are naturally violent, study suggests 20 September 2014, 19.53 Living
Chimpanzees are naturally violent, study suggests
Aggression is a small part of chimps' lives, but it can provide evolutionary insight into human violence. Violence among chimps had been previously linked to human impacts, such as habitation destruction, but this now appears
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Climate change altering how sharks swim in odd ways 20 September 2014, 19.53 Living
Climate change altering how sharks swim in odd ways
Scientists aren't yet sure what the changes would mean for sharks in the wild, and they only have a few generations to wait and find out. A catshark at rest. Tested catsharks demonstrated changes in their blood chemistry and
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Dinosaur-killing meteorite remade plant kingdom, too
The impact winter forced trees to adapt quickly, but evergreens ended not being quick enough. Sunlight peeks through autumn leaves in Cornwall, New York. Deciduous plants, which drop their leaves, flourished after a killer
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30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style 10 September 2014, 18.53 Living
30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style
Collect this idea “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin Owning a home library conjures up feelings of excitement as well as promises of
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Ingenious Drawing Unit for Kids Shaped Like a Giant Paper Block
Collect this idea Designer Luc Lacroix of o-carre e-mailed us photos and information depicting his latest project, an ingenious drawing unit shaped like a giant paper block. According to the designer, BLOC is a chic version
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How Your Interior Design Is Influencing Your Subconscious
Collect this idea Tailor your design so it pleases your body and mind. Image Via: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects – how to achieve a
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Modern Creativity on Display: Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil
Collect this idea Envisioned and implemented by Filipe Ramos Arquitetura Design, Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil is the result of a complete renovation. According to the project description we were e-mailed, all
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Massive Weekend Retreat Balancing Modernity and Coziness: Casa ALD
Collect this idea This weekend retreat designed and implemented by Juan Carlos Baumgartner of SPACE Architects is projected on a land of little over 1,000 square meters in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Casa ALD consists of
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'Extinct' snail found alive on remote atoll in Indian Ocean
The Aldabra banded snail was believed to have been driven to extinction by climate change, but researchers have found a few stragglers precariously hanging on to existence. Climate change, widespread pollution and human
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Why big fridges are a bad idea 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Why big fridges are a bad idea
American-style refrigerators don't just waste energy, they can hurt your health and wallet too. Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 03:50 PM Your family and pets might disagree, but there are downsides to that huge fridge in your
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Lost ship from ill-fated Arctic quest discovered 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Lost ship from ill-fated Arctic quest discovered
MNN Originals Check out some of our favorite features - from interactive info graphics to videos, advice columns and more. Translating Uncle Sam Infographics Eco-glossary Ask Mother Nature Contests This Day in
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10 curious truths about Stonehenge 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
10 curious truths about Stonehenge
The world's most famous ring of standing stones has been studied for centuries, yet we learn something new about it all the time. Humans have spent centuries studying Stonehenge, yet it still has a few tricks up its sleeve. New
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Stunning emerald green Arabian Sea may herald ecosystem disaster
The sea has a dead zone the size of Texas, and it's growing bigger every year because of sewage and fertilizer flowing into the waters. A Noctiluca bloom in the Arabian Sea, spotted by satellite. (Photo: Norman
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Toxic tornado twirls above Iceland volcano 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Toxic tornado twirls above Iceland volcano
The tornado over the Holuhraun lava flow was likely a spinning ribbon of sulfur dioxide gas. By: Becky Oskin, LiveScience Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM On Sept. 3, gas tornadoes (seen here in infrared) spewed from
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Interesting Home Extension in London Featuring Brick Walls and Sliding Glass Doors
Collect this idea Commissioned to provide a new kitchen and living room for a couple whose children had recently moved out, London studio Tigg Coll Architects implemented an original home extension. This addition connects
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Modern Home With Large Entertainment Areas and Ocean Views: Pearl Bay Residence
Collect this idea Gavin Maddock Design Studio completed the development of Pearl Bay Residence, an impressive retreat located 90kms north of Cape Town, South Africa and bordered by a nature reserve adjoining the ocean. A
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Colorful Scandinavian Apartment Infused With Rich and Inspiring Details
Collect this idea Looking for ways to add dynamics to your home? Have a look at this colorful Scandinavian apartment filled up with rich and tasteful decorating elements! Found by Freshome on Alvhem, this four room
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Sustainable House Design Paying Tribute to Modern Technology in Hong Kong
Collect this idea An existing 40-year old house in Sha Tin district, Hong Kong was recently given a complete make-over by the architects at Millimeter Interior Design Limited. Overall costs were lowered by building the
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Private Contemporary Home in Mexico Balancing Seclusion and Openness 
Collect this idea Imagine coming home at dusk to this marvelous contemporary home! With an illuminated facade composed of sleek design lines, this 7,168 square feet villa in Hermosillo, Mexico, is a private home holding
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Confined Argentinian Home Arranged Around a Small Courtyard Illuminating Modern Spaces
Collect this idea Within the confinement of a small plot, a modern home offering an open layout for enjoying both the inside and outdoors might seem close to impossible. But then again, architects have a way to
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Hillside Dream Home Embedding Dramatic Panoramas Into Casual Californian Lifestyle
Collect this idea Beautifully isolated to shape a luxurious environment, the Holmby Hills Residence rests on a 57,250 square feet site in Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Los Angeles, so you can see where it gets its name from. The
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Small Apartment in Stockholm Encapsulating A Glass-Walled Bedroom
Collect this idea This small apartment in Stockhom, Sweden impressed us with its original layout and stylish decorating scheme. Discovered by Freshome on Svensk Fastighets, the 34 square-meter crib displays comfortable
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10 Exterior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know
Collect this idea There are some basic exterior design lessons that everyone should know about. Image Source: Cardello Architects While we all want a spectacular home that stands out amongst the rest; we also want a home
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Seattle’s First Certified Passive House: Modern Family Home Marrying Luxury and Sustainability
Collect this idea What you are about to visualize is the architecture and interior design of one of Washington State’s most energy efficient homes. Occupying 252 square meters in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood,
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Young coral won't move into smelly ocean neighborhoods
Deciding where to live is important for the continuation of marine species, and coral and fish have evolved so that they can identify polluted areas. Corals thrive in the marine protected area of Votua Village in Fiji, a
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The surprising reason hummingbirds love sweet stuff
Scientists want to know why hummingbirds have kept their sweet receptors when the rest of their winged cousins have lost them. Hummingbirds are constantly wavering between a sugar rush and starvation, and to find stability,
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How to see the Milky Way in the summer night sky
You'll need a clear and moonless sky away from the lights of nearby cities to catch even a glimpse of our home galaxy. The Milky Way shines over the Bumpass Hell parking area in Lassen Volcanic National Park on Aug. 2 in
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Is heat trapped in the ocean responsible for the global warming 'pause'?
A new study puts a lot of the focus on the Atlantic Ocean, but some scientists remain convinced that the Pacific has played a larger role. Where, oh where, is the planet's missing heat? In 1999, the feverish rise in Earth's
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Could virtual reality convert skeptics into environmentalists?
A new breed of virtual reality games promises to not just teach about the environment, but change people's behaviors too. Photo: Igor ZH/Shutterstock The New Forest National Park in England recently opened a Tech Creche, a
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When you are paralyzed into in-action 20 November 2012, 18.02 Spiritual
When you are paralyzed into in-action
How to put the dynamic of hope into action. You have the same DNA as Gandhi, Václav Havel and Goenawan Mohamad DAVID RICKEY — Hope is a great four-letter word, but it gets lost in the shuffle of our lives if it
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To die for 09 August 2012, 15.37 Spiritual
To die for
Will Baby Boomers choose to expire in hospitals and nursing homes? Or will they take matters into their own hands? BY DAVID RICKEY —  Would you prefer to die on purpose — or with purpose? Late, great writers like Arthur
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Meditation lite 23 May 2012, 18.50 Spiritual
Meditation lite
They say that meditation is sitting on a cushion and emptying your mind. But I do mine while I’m thinking BY DAVID RICKEY  — I know it doesn’t come as a surprise to say that meditation is important for spiritual growth.
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Can an ‘Easter moment’ cure loneliness and fear?
How would you survive the loss if your best friend, mentor or shrink were crucified? You’d have to awaken your own inner guru. DAVID RICKEY — His career was short and ended with his crucifixion. It looked like failure. What
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Decoding codependence 20 March 2012, 01.46 Spiritual
Decoding codependence
If we are all co-dependents now, what is America’s turn-around? * BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence” describes a
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Haiti, consciousness and charity 20 March 2012, 01.46 Spiritual
Haiti, consciousness and charity
A psychotherapist and Episcopal priest makes healing in Haiti a life – and spiritual – mission BY DAVID RICKEY – Haiti is a fascinating place in its own right, but for me it serves as a kind of microcosm of issues that
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What is codependence? 10 March 2012, 17.32 Spiritual
What is codependence?
If we are all co-dependents now, what is America’s turn-around? * BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence” describes a
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Are we All codependents now? * 07 March 2012, 16.12 Spiritual
Are we All codependents now? *
If America is the most codependent culture on the planet, what is the turn-around? BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence”
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We are All codependents now * 03 March 2012, 23.44 Spiritual
We are All codependents now *
If America is the most codependent culture on the planet, what is the turn-around? BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence”
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On Ash Wednesday: Is your life filled by Ego, or Grace?
Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down. Ashes on your forehead can begin a reorientation of your heart. BY DAVID RICKEY — In the Judeo-Christian tradition, ashes are a symbol of penitence and mortality. In the Old
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Elegant Self-Assembly IO Chair Designed for Introspection and Daydreaming PDF Print E-mail

Daydreaming, reading or relaxing in a cozy chair is a traditional part of life. IO Chair was developed by Juan Ochoa at the Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI) and encourages its users to indulge in this personal time. Smooth, rounded corners give the furniture piece a comfortable feel while the two-toned wood adds warmth, thus welcoming the transcendence that one might experience when reflecting in this seat:  “It is a chair for spending time with yourself, disconnecting and reconnecting” says designer, Juan Ochoa. The design’s name, IO Chair, draws upon the word “Io” which means “I” in Italian and underlines the intended individual experience to be found in the piece.

Each owner is meant to have the opportunity to develop a creative connection with the IO Chair. In the six-step assembly of the chair, one sees and feels its creation. Made from bent plywood and flat panels, it is easily assembled with just nine bolts. “The self-assembly system allows you to take part in the process of the construction of the chair. When you put the chair together, you create a deeper connection and ownership to your chair,” explains its designer. In spite of the self-assembly process, most often associated with mass-production, the piece maintains its artistic integrity. Adding another layer of signature identity, the chair will be crafted by an artisanal Tuscan fabricator. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by FIDI]

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Dreamy Lakeside Modern Chalet in Quebec’s Forested Landscape  PDF Print E-mail

Can you imagine yourself living in a modern chalet in Quebec? If you answered yes, this exemplary modern cottage located near Lake Champlain, in Quebec, Canada. Placed just a few feet away from the American border at the height of the Phillipsburg Bird Sanctuary, the Chalet Lac Champlain was designed by Boom Town to complement the natural surroundings: “The vertical circulation in the cottage creates views both on the cliff, on which the building almost leans, and the lake; thinly veiled by tree trunks.”

According to the architects, “the landscape is composed of two plateaus separated by a 10 meters sheer cliff and of a gentle slope access to the lake; a rare privilege for this area. This landform offers a wonderful sight line to the west facing this vast lake.” Shaped to resemble a comfy observation post for the natural surroundings, the modern cottage is spacious and bright. Rising three stories high, it blends in with the neighboring tree trunks, visually inviting them inside. large sliding doors keep a permanent connection to the refreshing outdoors. Windows here and there frame green views and flood the light and dark interiors. Photographed by Angus McRitchie, the home presents itself as a peaceful sanctuary for a relaxing lifestyle in the middle of nature.

Two large terraces, on the superior level on the south side allow the occupants to live in the landscape and to pursue their contemplation. Those terraces induce segmentation of the volumes already separated by a subtle offset between the south, north and central parts (where the stairs are). This play in the volume is accentuated by color variation or by installing wooded covering.” Isn’t this modern chalet in Quebec a dream?

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Luxury Mountain Chalet Offering Striking Panoramic Views in Whistler, Canada PDF Print E-mail

Lakecrest Residence is an imposing mountain chalet in Whistler, Canada perched atop a rocky cliff in a lakeside neighborhood of Whistler, Canada. As you probably guessed, this is one of those homes that takes in its vibrant natural landscape. The creative team at a|k|a Architecture + Design left nothing to chance: large glass windows, Brazilian cherry wide plank hardwood floors, maple millwork and native sandstone are brought together in a captivating palette of materials and finishes. All these properly “reflect” the majestic environment.

According to the architects, the social areas (kitchen, dining, family room) are organized along a spacious circulation spine creating gathering spaces that face outwards towards the lake and mountains beyond. The spine terminates at the Great Room which cantilevers over the existing steep terrain and opens up to the views in all directions. The bedrooms are located in a separate wing directly related to a private and quiet exterior courtyard. All interiors are spacious and welcoming, with minimalist furniture arrangements redirecting focus on the variety of textures. Enjoy the virtual tour below and feel free to share your thoughts regarding this mountain chalet in Whistler.

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What Are the Top Neutral Colors to Choose Now PDF Print E-mail

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There is a new trend in neutral color—gone is the boring beige! Image Source: Jules Art Of Living

There is a new trend making an appearance on the interior design horizon—stylish new shades of neutral.  It’s akin to the fall fashion runways, where there is always a new, hot color trend—think, white is the new black.

Homeowners and interior designers alike have hopped whole-heartedly onto the neutral color bandwagon, realizing that there is nothing negative about decorating with neutral colors.

We are not talking about boring beige, rather the new neutrals are bright, welcoming and go with any style of decor.  As the  Behr paint company aptly points out…neutral colors are livable, flexible and classic.  While this article will focus on two very popular neutral colors, it is important to know that every color can be a neutral. Yes, every color has a shade in the color spectrum that, when used properly, can become a beautiful neutral backdrop.

Let’s look at some of the A-list neutrals that seem to be topping this trend and how to use them in your home.

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Neutral colors can literally be any color on the color wheel, as long as the right shade is chosen. Image Source: RS Myers Company

Grey is Taking on a Bright New Horizon

At first, we may think of the color grey as a stormy, dark, dreary grey day—this is not the kind of decor we want in our homes! Rather, the new grey that is showing up everywhere is modern, clean and actually seems to lighten-up a room, like the sky clears after a storm.

Grey has become the new go-to neutral that every designer wants to experiment with.  Here is the problem— grey can be a difficult color to choose.  As some of you may have already discovered, choosing the wrong shade of grey can result in a dreary, dark room.

In order to choose the perfect shade of grey you need to consider many factors such as natural lighting, furnishings and trim. Read below to find out how to pick the perfect shade of grey and make it work in your home.

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Even a darker shade of grey can become a neutral with the right lighting. Image Source: Heather Garrett

Grey Mixed With White Trim

There is nothing better than grey walls mingled with fresh white trim, and white paneling.  If you feel that grey will be too stark for your home, than this is the style you should aim for.

If your walls have panelling or wainscoting from the floor up to the chair-rail, then consider painting the bottom panelling a bright white and opting for a deep grey tone on the walls above. The result— a warm, welcoming style that looks subtly modern.

If you prefer a more contemporary style, then consider covering all the walls with grey paint and then accenting it with broad white trim and moldings. Either way, grey and white mix together in a magnificent manner!

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Grey looks fresh and modern with lots of white trim and molding. Image Source: Board and Vellum

How to Choose From the Many Shades of Grey

As we mentioned above, it can be tricky to choose the proper grey for your home. There are a lot of variables to take into consideration in order to pick the perfect paint.

Obviously, it is always smart to paint some large samples on your walls, observing the color over a couple days to see how it looks in different lighting and different times of day. You want to choose a shade that brings brightness to your home; one that makes the darkest room come alive.

Anna Moseley of Ask Anna, says that many people find the grey that looked perfect in the store ends up looking blue or purple once on the wall. Moseley notes that the trick to finding the perfect grey color is to look for a grey that has a tan base, it may even appear tan at first, but when you get it on the wall, you have the perfect grey!

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This cool, light grey shade works well thanks to the large window and natural lighting. Image Source: Winn Wittman

The New Green

We are not talking about a dark, hunter green mixed with that awful deep burgundy that we all saw in the 80’s, or the lime green that was so popular in the 70’s. The new green trend that has everyone ‘green with envy’ is soft, and adds a pop of unexpected color—yet manages to remain neutral.

This new neutral green goes with every decor from shabby chic to modern minimalist. The new green comes in many shades—it can appear as a cool, green-grey tone or more of a blue-green that hints toward a warmer, more turquoise appearance.  The blue-green shade is best used in traditional, country or shabby chic interiors, while the cooler grey-green is best for modern interiors.

Like the grey color trend, this new green is also a tricky color to choose and use properly. The last thing we want are sewer-green walls or hospital-green walls. Let’s look a little further into how to choose the perfect green for your home.

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When done properly, even the boldest shade of green can act as a neutral. Image Source: Wilson Fuqua

 We Don’t Want Hospital-Green On Our Walls

Shades of green have always been popular because they are a color found in nature—and nature never picks the wrong shade. Greens can be calming or energizing, depending on their shade.

However, green is a hard color to choose, and none of us want to feel like we are living in a hospital ward. In order to avoid the cold appearance, we suggest you avoid using green in north-facing rooms, or opt for a green with a warmer yellow undertone in these rooms.

Green can also be livened-up by adding room accents in brightly colored hues such as red and yellow. As with grey, green also looks great with bold white trim and molding. It is very hard to know what is right unless you paint some swatches on your walls. The rooms lighting, flooring, and furniture all affect how a color will look in the home.

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There are many shades of green to match your style, whether it be traditional or modern. Image Source: Crisp Architects

As you can see, you can never go wrong with neutral colors—they are a classic! Green and grey are both hot neutral colors right now, but they are both also hard colors to get right.

Go ahead and paint some swatches on your walls and live with them for a few days, observing how the color changes throughout the day. Ultimately choose the neutral shade that opens up your space, allowing your furnishings and the rest of your decor to come alive.

What is your favorite neutral color?

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Fresh Ideas Exhibited by Bauhaus Architects&Associates Office in Vietnam PDF Print E-mail

The creative team at Bauhaus Architecs & Associates managed to transform a dull 90 square-meter surface into a fresh office design filled with inspiring elements. Bauhaus Architects&Associates Office is located behind the main hallway of a 20 story office building in Hanoi, Vietnam. The project was meant to inspire the employees, as well as every person visiting the building. Large curtain walls surround the offices, creating the feeling of openness and allowing some natural light inside the unified space.

One element stands out particularly in the overall design: “This is a box in a box, called by people the ‘house in the house’, where the director-team leader works. It is surrounded by transparent glass panels on its three faces and on ceiling while plaster board is used for the last facade. This element carries the company’s logo; seen behind the reception bar, it consists essentially of stacked long wooden boxes”, explained the architects. As a vital component of any design studio, books are carefully arranged in a custom-designed white shelving unit. Decorative box-shaped lights work in association with big sphere-lights to generate an adequate intensity of light, with an appealing aesthetic effect. [Photography: Le Anh Duc – AIF STUDIO]

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Another Dust Bowl? California drought resembles worst in 1,000 years PDF Print E-mail

A high-pressure ridge that blocks rain storms has been present each time California has suffered through an intense drought.

By planting crops that lacked drought resistance, farmers during the Dust Bowl encouraged 'black blizzards,' such as the one seen above, bearing down on a Texas farm. (George E. Marsh Album/NOAA)

The catastrophic 1934 drought is one of the worst North America droughts on record, and was caused, in part, by an atmospheric condition that may have led to the current drought in California, a new study finds.
The 1934 drought affected about seven times more land area than other large droughts that hit North America between the years 1000 and 2005, and was almost 30 percent worse than the 1580 drought, the second most severe drought to hit the continent in the past 1,005 years.
"We noticed that 1934 really stuck out as not only the worst drought, but far outside the normal range of what we see in the record," lead researcher Ben Cook said in a statement. Cook is a climate scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City and holds a joint appointment at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. [Dry and Dying: See Stark Images of Drought]

The same atmospheric phenomenon that emerged during the winter of 1933 to 1934 is also present today. This high-pressure ridge over the West Coast deflects storms holding much-needed rain, and may be causing the current drought crippling California, the researchers said.

"When you have a high-pressure system there, it steers storms much farther north than they would normally be," Cook told LiveScience. "With this high pressure sitting there in the winter of 1933 to 1934, it blocked a lot of the rainfall and storms that you would expect to come into California."

It's unclear what causes the atmospheric ridge, however. "There's some evidence that maybe it could be forced by changes in ocean temperatures in parts of the Pacific, but by all accounts, it appears to be just a natural mode of variability in the atmosphere," Cook said.

This ridging pattern has been in place during some of the worst droughts to hit the West Coast, including the 1976 California drought, one of the worst dry spells in the state's history. California's current three-year drought is projected to cost the state $2.2 billion in 2014, and is predicted to continue in 2015, according to a July report from the University of California, Davis.
But the current drought is just a small fry compared with the one in 1934, which marked the start of a severe dry spell that spanned a decade, and eventually earned the name the Dust Bowl.

"What made 1934 really exceptional was, one, how intense it was, but also how widespread it was," Cook told Live Science. "Normally when we have droughts in the West, like we have now, they're very regional. [In 1934], you had extreme drought pretty much covering three-quarters of the western United States."

Farmers living in the plains at the time had decided to tear up native grasses and instead plant crops that were not drought resistant or tolerant to the dry conditions. Without water, these crops failed, leaving bare dusty fields that contributed to the massive "black blizzard" dust clouds.

Drought data

In the new study, the researchers analyzed data from the North American Drought Atlas, a database of drought reconstructions based on tree-ring studies that goes back 2,000 years. The scientists also analyzed records of air and sea-surface temperatures and precipitation. [The 5 Worst Droughts in US History]
Climate data and dust simulations also show how the dust storms intensified the 1934 drought and spread it throughout the western United States. Together, changes in sea-surface temperatures and lack of rainfall in the Northwest, Southwest and Southern Plains led to dry conditions in the fall of 1933. By the spring of 1934, the Central Plains and Midwest were considered to be in a severedrought.

Major dust storms in 1934 — the largest in North America since the Middle Ages — spread dust from the Central Plains toward the Atlantic Ocean, the study found.

Regions downwind from the dust storms suffered the most, including the Midwest states of Nebraska and Kansas. Dust particles that accumulated in the atmosphere above these states reflected the sun's energy back into space, disturbing normal air circulation patterns, blocking cloud formation and rainfall, and leading to dry conditions, the researchers said.

Nowadays, the U.S. government's Natural Resources Conservation Service works to limit wind and dust storm erosion that can lead to more dust being lifted into the atmosphere. Experts, such as soil biologists and geologists, help farmers and ranchers create conservation plans that help wildlife and ensure healthy and productive soils. "They can reduce the chance of a 1934 event occurring again," Cook said.

The study could help scientists understand what factors lead to droughts, and improve researchers' accuracy in predicting future dry spells, said Siegfried Schubert, a meteorologist at NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, who was not involved in the study.

"It is such an important problem for society to be able to predict these major droughts," he said.

The study was published online Sept. 23 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
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Bear cub rescued from California dumpster PDF Print E-mail

Wildlife officials in Pasadena first had to scare off the cub's mother to perform a safe rescue, but don't worry — there's a happy ending to this story.

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After a long day in Pasadena, these bears needed some rest. (Photo: Screen shot from ABC 7 News video)

Wildlife officials rescued a bear cub from a dumpster in Pasadena, California, Thursday and reunited it with its mother.

The cub had become trapped in the bin and was frantically trying to get out while crying for its mother.

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"That gets mom a lot more excited, and mom's more in defensive mode,” J.C. Healy, a fish and wildlife official, told ABC 7 News.

Rescuers tried to assist by lowering a ladder into the dumpster, but the mother was too protective of her offspring to let them get close enough.

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Officials frightened the mother bear away from the scene by shooting her with a harmless bean bag round, and they were then able to get the little bear out.

They helped the baby bear over a fence to find its mother, and eventually the pair were spotted entering a wooded area.

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Wildlife officials thought the ordeal was over, but the bears later returned and were seen feasting on a pizza box near another trash bin.

The mother and child later roamed around a backyard swimming pool before lying down to rest in another yard for several hours.

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Because they posed no immediate threat, officials left them alone, and the bears eventually headed back to the woods.

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How to safely watch the upcoming partial solar eclipse PDF Print E-mail

Solar eclipses can be dangerous to gaze upon, so make sure you have the correct filters for your telescopes or a viewing box.

By: Geoff Gaherty, Starry Night Education for SPACE.com

Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 01:43 PM

A partial solar eclipse is photographed in Adelaide, Australia on April 29. (Photo: Greg Scales/Flickr)

Millions of people across North America could have a chance to observe a partial solar eclipse next week, weather permitting.
Although the Thursday, Oct. 23, partial solar eclipse may not be as spectacular as a total eclipse, it is still a beautiful and interesting event to witness. The sight of the moon gradually moving across the face of the sun fills most people with awe.
The best views of the eclipse will be in the north, in Alaska and the Canadian arctic, but everyone in North America should see some of it, except in the extreme northeast of the continent. In eastern North America, the eclipse will only be visible near or at sunset, so a low western horizon is essential. Venus is very close to the eclipsed sun, but you will probably need to block the sun from view to spot it. [Find out how to see the partial solar eclipse using these sky maps]

A computer's illustration of the partial eclipse over Minneapolis, Minnesota, at 5:35 p.m. local time

A computer's illustration of the partial eclipse over Minneapolis, Minnesota, at 5:35 p.m. local time. (Image: Starry Night Software)

In some ways a partial eclipse is the most dangerous to observe. People naturally want to look at it, and this defeats our normal reflex to look away from the sun. You should never look directly at the sun through binoculars, a telescope or with your unaided eye. Serious eye damage and even blindness can result. Scientists and experienced skywatchers use special filters and glasses to safely observe the sun.

The safest way to view a solar eclipse is by using a pinhole in a piece of cardboard to project the sun. This is particularly effective with an eclipse near sunset, like this one. Punch a hole a couple of millimeters in diameter in the middle of a piece of cardboard, and tape it against a west-facing window. This will project a perfect image of the eclipsed sun on a wall opposite.
Do not use binoculars or telescope to view the sun unless you have a properly designed solar filter, such as the full aperture solar filters available for all telescopes at any store selling astronomical gear. Do not improvise with home-brew solutions, as permanent eye damage is likely to occur.
Editor's Note: If you take an amazing skywatching photo of the partial solar eclipse or any other celestial site that you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, please contact managing editor Tariq Malik at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
This article was provided to Space.com by Simulation Curriculum, the leader in space science curriculum solutions and the makers of Starry Night and SkySafari. Follow Starry Night on Twitter @StarryNightEdu. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on SPACE.com.

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Terrifying tornado clusters on the rise PDF Print E-mail

Despite the rise in back-to-back tornado incidences, the annual number of tornadoes has held steady.

The intensity of tornadoes may be getting an assist from climate change (Photo: NOAA)

Tornadoes are touching down in clusters more often than 50 years ago, a new study reports. On some days, more than 30 twisters strike the United States.
Even as storms spawn more tornadoes, there are fewer days on which tornadoes occur, according to the study, published on Oct. 15 in the journal Science. Since the 1970s, the number of days with at least one EF-1 tornado has dropped from a mean (or average) of 150 to 100.

"When people ask, 'Are we getting more tornadoes, are we getting fewer tornadoes, are they later, are they earlier?' — the answer to everything is yes," said lead study author Harold Brooks, senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma.

While it's clear that something about tornados in the United States is changing, there is no strong evidence that climate change is to blame.
Brooks said the study is a first step toward exploring possible links between new tornado patterns and global warming. "Obviously, we've had a change in the frequency of the number of days of tornadoes, and in some sense that's a reflection of the climate being different than it was," he told Live Science. "But we don't have the primary cause and effect yet." [The Top 5 Deadliest Tornado Years in US History]

Climate change assist?

Tornadoes are born from severe thunderstorms that feed on warm, moist air and from strong winds that change direction with altitude (called wind shear), which rotate the storms. While global warming is expected to increase the atmospheric fuel available for severe thunderstorms, some scientists think the same conditions may also bring weaker wind shear, resulting in a stalemate. However, a climate-modeling study from Stanford published last year contradicts this idea, finding strong wind shear is especially likely in the spring (peak tornado season in the South) as temperatures rise across the United States.

"The climate change signal may be hidden in this idea of more concentrated tornadic activity," said James Elsner, an atmospheric scientist at Florida State University in Tallahassee, who was not involved in either study. Elsner published a similar analysis of U.S. tornado data in August in the journal Climate Dynamics. He concluded that tornadoes are both growing stronger and increasingly arriving in clusters, even as the total number of days with tornadoes held steady.

Brooks and his co-authors documented the shift toward multiple tornado outbreaks by looking at tornadoes of EF-1 intensity and greater between 1954 and 2013, using official tornado records from U.S. Storm Prediction Center.

The Enhanced Fujita scale, or EF scale, ranks tornadoes based on wind speeds and damage. A tornado with wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph (138 and 177 km/h) is usually rated an EF-1. The highest rating is an EF-5. [See the Tornado Damage Scale in Images]

The yearly tornado total has remained stable over time, the researchers discovered. The mean annual rate of tornadoes rated as EF-1 and greater held steady at 495 per year since the mid-20th century, though the total count can swing wildly. The record high, in 2011, was 898 tornados, and the record low, of 311 tornadoes, was recorded in 2002.

Rising risks

Yet even as yearly tornado tallies remained steady, the nature of tornado outbreaks has changed. Now, there are long dry spells between days of terror when huge numbers of tornadoes rack up the yearly count. For example, in 1973, most of the year's tornadoes were spread among 187 tornado days, and only two days had more than 30 tornadoes. But in 2011, there were nine days that had more than 30 tornados, with only 110 tornado days.

The start of tornado season is also changing, lurching back and forth across its March 22 kickoff, the researchers report. The latest and earliest tornado season starts all took place since 1999.
Tornadoes have always had an element of unpredictability, but forecasting technology is keeping up with the new normal, scientists say. "The weather service is now able to pinpoint their [tornado] watches and warnings, make a more specific regional forecast, and cut down on false alarms," Elsner said.

Tornado clusters may have the biggest impact on emergency responders and insurers, who must adjust to covering severe damage across one or more states. "If you have a lot of events, you have to have the resources available to respond to those events," Brooks said. "If the ordinary events don't happen as often, your emergency response stuff is going to sit around, but you're still going to need all of it. That's a lot of power poles to keep stacked around."

Email Becky Oskin or follow her @beckyoskin. Follow us @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on LiveScience.
 

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