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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

Inhabitat - 6 hours 24 min ago

Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!

You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.

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Are you in a buyer's or seller's housing market?

CNBC - 6 hours 27 min ago
Why it is more important than ever, as both a buyer and a seller, to know your market well and its housing value even better.

Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five years

Inhabitat - 6 hours 49 min ago

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Over the last five years, poachers in Mozambique have killed almost half of the elephants in the country for their ivory. The government in Mozambique sponsored a study that shows a dramatic 48 percent decrease in the number of elephants from 20,000 to just over 10,000. The Wildlife Conservation Society said that the decline is directly attributed to rampant poaching.


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Revit 2016 - Collaboration for Revit 2016 is Available

RevitOpEd - 7 hours 4 min ago
The 2016 version of C4R (Collaboration for Revit) is available now.

Click this to download or click the image for an overview


You'll need to visit your Subscription page to access the download to install it. Look at the Services page and it should be listed among whatever services you are entitled to. If you don't see it then you'll have to sort out your A360 account first.

This is the video they offer at the online help documentation site to explain how to initiate a project with C4R

Categories: Revit/BIM

Peru plans to dam Amazon River’s main source and displace thousands

Inhabitat - 7 hours 21 min ago

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Plans by the Peruvian government, alongside a Brazilian firm, to build some 20 hydroelectric dams across the main truck of the River Marañón would cause the displacement of thousands of individuals, and contribute to the “eco-system collapse” of the Amazon basin, according Paul Little, a U.S.-based environmental anthropologist. Additionally, according to a detailed report on Mongabay, the dams would cause a significant uptick in methane emissions, and produce far more power than is needed for the entire Peruvian population—raising fears the ecologically and economically risky hydroelectric dams are being built to serve mining companies, or to generate power for export sale to neighboring nations.

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Final May Consumer Sentiment at 90.7, Chicago PMI declines Sharply

Calculated Risk - 8 hours 1 min ago
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The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for May was at 90.7, up from the preliminary reading of 88.6, and down from 95.9 in April.

This was close to the consensus forecast of 90.0.

Chicago PMI May 2015: Chicago Business Barometer Back into Contraction in May
The Barometer fell 6.1 points to 46.2 in May from 52.3 in April. All five components of the Barometer weakened with three dropping by more than 10% and all of them now below the 50 breakeven mark.

April’s positive move had suggested that the first quarter slowdown was transitory and had been impacted by the cold snap and port strikes. May’s weakness points to a more fundamental slowdown with the Barometer running only slightly above February’s 5½-year low of 45.8.
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Chief Economist of MNI Indicators Philip Uglow said, “We had thought that the April bounce was consistent with a partial return to normal following the weather and port related slowdown in the first quarter. The latest data for May, however, suggest that this was a false dawn and that sluggish activity has carried through to the second quarter.”
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This was well below the consensus forecast of 53.0.

Leaders with an eye for justice: The talks in Session 4 of TEDWomen 2015

TED Blog - 8 hours 2 min ago
Momentum is great. But how do you sustain it? This session will examine what it takes to keep on keeping on, from speakers who are just starting out and those who’ve been at it for decades. Short recaps of the talks in this session… The number one abuse of human rights. Former president Jimmy Carter begins with []
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SpaceX gets USAF certification, busts monopoly on military satellite launches

Inhabitat - 8 hours 34 min ago

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On Tuesday of this week, SpaceX entered a new and very important phase of their operations. The U.S. Air Force certified Elon Musk’s space exploration company to launch satellites for the Pentagon, making it only the second company to be cleared to do so. This certification essentially means that SpaceX can now run with the big dogs on the frontlines of aerospace exploration, competing against United Launch Alliance (ULA) for contracts to launch national security satellites.

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Q1 GDP Revised Down to -0.7% Annual Rate

Calculated Risk - 9 hours 26 min ago
From the BEA: Gross Domestic Product: First Quarter 2015 (Second Estimate)
Real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes -- decreased at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015, according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. ...

The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, real GDP increased 0.2 percent. With the second estimate for the first quarter, imports increased more and private inventory investment increased less than previously estimated ...
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Here is a Comparison of Second and Advance Estimates. PCE growth was revised down from 1.9% to 1.8%. Residential investment was revised up from 1.3% to 5.0%.

Net exports was revised down, private inventory investment was revised down, and government was revised down (from -0.8% to -1.1%).

Net-Zero Homes Show Signs of Convergent Evolution

Green Building Advisor - 10 hours 30 min ago
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A few weeks ago, my wife and I had went on a short hike with our college-age son. As the three of us drove to the trailhead in Norwich, Vermont, we passed a construction site. “Looks like a zero-energy house,” I observed. The sign out front read, “Prudent Living Homes.” I decided to get more information on the house and return later to try to talk with the builder.

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Lawmaker Seeks to Extend the Investment Tax Credit

Green Building Advisor - 12 hours 57 min ago
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The bill would extend the credit for solar equipment and other types of renewable energy equipment for another five years
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A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would extend a key federal tax credit for solar and wind energy systems until 2021, five years later than its scheduled expiration for residential systems.

UtilityDive reports Rep. Mike Thompson, a Democrat, called the investment tax credits (ITC) essential to the growth of the U.S. solar market.

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Vulcan tees up more SLU office space

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - 14 hours 4 min ago
Vulcan Real Estate is working on one missing piece of its plan to develop three full-block sites across from Lake Union Park.

Body found in underground tank in Eugene sewage system

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - 14 hours 4 min ago
Crews doing maintenance work found the body Wednesday night.

Lusty Lady's new gig: a hotel for ‘creatives'

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - 14 hours 4 min ago
The Lusty Lady always was famous for its witty marquee, and today it might simply say: “Suite dreams!”

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