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The Hidden Cost of Household Gadgets

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It’s a gadgetized world. Chances are, you use or interact with dozens of different gadgets every day. We don’t even notice anymore much of the time as the concept of living without them has become a distant memory.

There is a cost. Despite the fact that these household gadgets are more affordable and accessible than ever before, we are creating a tremendous strain on our power grid (and our wallets) that many may not notice. We add surge protectors to our wall sockets in an effort to plug in our ever-growing inventory of gadgets. We often run these gadgets non-stop. It all adds up.

To put it into perspective, we look to our green friends at 1bog to break down exactly what is happening, what the costs associated with gadgetizing are, and we look at different ways to prevent the over-consumption of energy.

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Space Rose

Few would argue that space is beautiful. On earth, we have beautiful things as well, including the iconic rose. When you combine the two, the results can be spectacular. Do you see it?

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Radioactive Tuna: An Interactive Guide to Sushi’s Biggest Question

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Sushi-lovers of the world, be afraid. Be very afraid. Or not?

This graphic by our friends at Mint breaks down the dangers of biting into raw, tsunami-induced radioactive fish. You may not need a lot of wasabi after all.

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Library Book Lending Coming To Kindle

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Amazon's Kindle has paper books beat in most respects, especially when it comes to not being made of paper. Having a Kindle also means you don't need to go to the bookstore anymore, and soon enough you won't need to go to the library either.

At some point in the not-too-distant future Amazon will be introducing a new library lending feature, which works just as it sounds. You can electronically borrow books from the library, using either your Kindle or any of the free Kindle apps for smartphones or tablets.

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Get Ready For Earth Day With New Facebook App

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With Earth Day just one day away, many people are thinking about different ways that they can show their support for the environment. And a new Facebook app, called A Billion Acts of Green, lets users do just that.

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Denny’s Experimenting With Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

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The Denny's restaurant chain is testing out a new technology that could mean big savings and less energy use.

Called Cool-N-Save, the tech comes from Greenway Design and is a system that's mechanically added to existing air conditioners to help reduce energy consumption. Each system is custom made and Greenway claims it can reduce energy use by up to 30 percent.

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An iPad for Everyone… in Kindergarten

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The educational value associated with tablets has been one of the most appealing aspects of the technology from a teacher’s perspective. Hands-on (literally) and with a simple interface that children can easily learn its use, tablets may be ideal for early classroom education.

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