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How Does a Solar Panel Work & How They Can Save You Money

Solar panel

Did you know that an average residential solar panel system can reduce carbon monoxide emissions by more than 200 tons each year? What an incredible impact just one home can have! Solar panels first hit the market in 1956, and space programs were one of the first industries to use solar panels to power their space crafts. Since then their popularity has gone through the roof (no pun intended). So read on to learn more about “how does a solar panel work?” and share how much money you can save while going green…

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16 Types of Salamanders, Explained

Yellow salamander on log

What is a salamander? There are a whopping 500 species of amphibians that can be classified as salamanders. Salamanders are similar in shape and size to lizards – with a slender body and long tail. What differentiates them from the typical lizard? Salamanders won’t always have four limbs, and can often be seen slithering along without them. They are also commonly brightly colored, although underground species may simply be white or pink in color Let’s take a look at some of the more common species of salamander.

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Triclosan Dangers: Does Colgate Cause Cancer?

Toothpaste tube

Toothpaste is one item that has received a lot of publicity lately. Aside from the fact that there are an endless number of variations from whitenings and fluorides to “pro-health” and cavity-fighting, there is one ingredient that has raised some concern for its possible ties to certain types of cancers: triclosan. We decided to look a little deeper at what triclosan is, and whether or not we should be avoiding it all together…

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Is Sodium Fluoride Dangerous? Risks and Benefits Analyzed

Toothbrush

I remember going to the dentist as a kid and dreading the experience. Why? Not that any kid loves going to the dentist, but I was definitely ending up with cavities more often than not. This continued into adulthood unfortunately, and when I asked the dentist what I was doing wrong, he would explain to me that I had “strong gums, but weak teeth.” Great, I thought. “What toothpaste do you recommend I use?” I asked the dentist, thinking that must be the culprit. He would reply with” it doesn’t matter, as long as you have flavor and fluoride.” Sodium fluoride has long been known to be a cavity fighter. And to my knowledge was never really a health concern until recently…

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How Do You Get Mesothelioma Cancer?

Magnifying glass on

Mesothelioma is a deadly disease that affects millions of Americans. Are you worried that you’re showing signs of mesothelioma and want to know if you are at potential risk of getting it? By understanding more about how you contract mesothelioma, you are more likely to avoid it all together. And the better educated you are about the signs, the faster you can catch it and hopefully prolong life. Read on to learn more about mesothelioma symptoms and causes, treatment options, survival rate and more…

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How to Make Kombucha Tea at Home: Easy & Affordable!

Person making Kombucha

If you’ve been to any health food stores lately you’ve probably seen kombucha tea on the shelf. You’ve heard about this healthful drink, but what exactly does it do and what’s it taste like? We’ll teach you everything you need to know about kombucha tea including what it is, its benefits and risks as well as how to make it yourself…

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Canola Oil vs Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil vs Coconut Oil vs Almond Oil

Olive oil being poured

Wonder if I you can substitute one oil for another in a recipe? Not only can we cook with oils but we can also use them for cosmetic purposes. Find out the number of things you can use oils for and the difference between them all. We’ll even get into the nitty-gritty of types of oils in more detail, including our top picks for each as well as some of the basic terminologies…

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Can You Recycle Envelopes With Window In Them?

Envelope with plastic window

We once heard that throwing just a small amount of unrecyclable material would screw up the recycling process and cause the entire portion of recycled material to go to waste. So for a long time, we would spend tedious hours cutting out the plastic windows from envelopes to make sure no non-recyclable materials got into our recycling bin. After a while we got fed up with all the time this process took, thinking – “why should we have to spend hours to make up for the credit card and other advertising companies’ neglect of the environment?” Well, after some research, it looks like some recycling facilities can process those little plastic windows. So are envelopes recyclable after all?…

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Is The Honey Bee In Danger of Extinction?

Honeybees on honeycomb

The Honey Bee is one of nature’s peculiarities but it is one creature which nature itself depends upon to a great extent. Without the Honey Bee there are many species of plants and fruit bearing trees that would not be pollinated and should the day come where the Honey Bee is no longer available these plants and trees would surely die out. As of late there has been a concern of the disappearance of Honey Bees surrounded by the worry that these beautiful natural pollinators will soon die out completely and since 2006 researchers have been dedicated to finding out more about this mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder to see what can be done to prevent it and save not only the Honey Bee but also the trees and flowers which it pollinates.

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