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Month: May 2015

Galaxy Shootout Soccer Tournament Draws 350 Young Soccer Players
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Galaxy Shootout Soccer Tournament Draws 350 Young Soccer Players

The Galaxy Shootout XVIII went off without a hitch on April 25th and 26th in Hickory, North Carolina, hosting more than 30 teams and 350 young soccer players from around the country. The Hickory Daily Record reports that last weekend, soccer players ages 10 through 14 competed in the Henry Ford River Soccer Complex for the title. The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory, a community organization, helped sponsor and coordinate the event, along with Galaxy Food Centers and other contributors. The club used the advertising revenue and local contributions to fund scholarships to deserving students. More than 40 games were played, with the 350 or so players and their families staying in Hickory for the weekend. Eighty local businesses and individuals sponsored the event, raising at least $40,000 outsi...
A Green, Dry Thumb: Sacramento Homeowners Get Paid By City For Drought Tolerant Landscape Design
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A Green, Dry Thumb: Sacramento Homeowners Get Paid By City For Drought Tolerant Landscape Design

Thanks to California's historic -- and worrisome -- drought, it's no longer about who has the nicest or priciest home on the block, it's about who has the most sustainable setup. That's right, the Jones' have gone green. Sustainable and eco-friendly landscape designs are all the rage nowadays, but what if you actually got paid for creating one for your home? That's exactly what's happening to Sacramento homeowners who are incorporating water conservation into their home's landscaping. The city hopes the cash incentive will encourage homeowners to conserve water. Thanks to Sacramento's new River Friendly Landscape program, homeowners can receive a 50 cent per square foot rebate from the city if they replace their existing yards with drought resistant landscaping. Homeowners are also eligi...
How 3D Printing and Home Improvement are Finally Merging
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How 3D Printing and Home Improvement are Finally Merging

3D printing is gradually spreading to a number of different industries and sectors. These days, 3D printing is used to "print" medical and dental equipment, smartphone cases, fashion accessories and much more. And soon, you might even be able to perform a home improvement project with parts entirely produced by a 3D printer. Home improvement retailer Lowe's recently announced that it will begin offering 3D printing and scanning services in its stores. The service will allow homeowners to easily design and produce parts for their various projects, along with truly one-of-a-kind decorations for patio designs and the like. According to an April 29 Wall Street Journal article, homeowners will be able to fully customize virtually any object that they install in their home, from cabinet knobs...
Pesticide Residues on Produce Could Negatively Impact Male Fertility, Harvard Scientists Find
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Pesticide Residues on Produce Could Negatively Impact Male Fertility, Harvard Scientists Find

A newly published study out of Harvard University suggests that consuming fruits and vegetables containing pesticide residues can lead to a reduction in semen quality. Researchers found that men who ate the most fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residue levels had, on average, a 49% lower sperm count and 32% fewer normally formed sperm than men who ate less produce tainted with pesticides. The team has made clear, however, that not all fruits and vegetables pose a risk to male fertility. “These findings should not discourage the consumption of fruit and vegetables in general,” Jorge Chavarro, an assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a press release. “In fact, we found that total intake of fruit and vegetables w...
Scientists Create Hybrid Supercapacitor — Here’s What That Could Mean for Cars
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Scientists Create Hybrid Supercapacitor — Here’s What That Could Mean for Cars

Technology is always advancing, but one of the hurdles that hybrid and electric car technology faces is creating a longer-lasting, quickly charging battery -- without sacrificing range. A new development from researchers at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute might have the answer. According to Gizmag.com, scientists have created a battery that combines both the energy of a lead-acid battery (think of the traditional battery in a car) and the quick charge and discharge rates of a supercapacitor. Batteries in hybrid cars paved the way for electric cars, but the hybrid supercapacitor could mark a huge development in making them more accessible and better-performing. Professor Richard Kaner and Dr. Maher El-Kady of the Institute say that their new battery can quickly charge and dischar...
Chicago Couple Awarded $325,000 in Settlement After Basement Flood Destroys Their Vinyl Collection
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Chicago Couple Awarded $325,000 in Settlement After Basement Flood Destroys Their Vinyl Collection

A Chicago couple recently received a $325,000 settlement from the City Council after sewage water flooded their basement and destroyed their vintage vinyl collection in July 2012. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Joseph and Debbie Bruce's basement flooded during a city water main break, the result of city negligence. Joseph Bruce, an avid music lover and record store owner, lost more than 30,000 items from his collection of music-related items, including rare vintage vinyl records, posters, CDs, tapes and more during the flooding. When asked why the Bruces received so much money to recover from the damage of their basement water leaks, Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton called Bruce's record collection "unbelievable," appraising it at a value of more than $500,000. "Although we do no...