Nicole Boomgaarden

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Your Tight Lower Back Needs This 4-Minute Stretch Session STAT!

If you've been sitting hunched over your computer for hours and just realized that your lower back is so tight, it even hurts to straighten up your torso. Your lower back needs some love! Slowly move onto the floor and do this four-minute stretching routine. It not only targets the lower back, but …

Yoga

This interactive map shows why renewables and natural gas are taking over the US

This one’s for the energy nerds out there. The University of Texas Austin’s Energy Institute has put out an incredibly useful interactive map showing what types of power plants are cheapest to build in every county in the continental United States. (No, really, it’s fascinating.)<p>Playing around with …

18 Superfoods for Glowing Skin, According to Dermatologists

When it comes to your skin, there's one thing we know for sure: What you eat can have a direct impact on how you look. If you're not specifically chowing down on superfoods for glowing skin and instead are constantly noshing on processed foods or those high in sugar and fat and devoid of fiber, it …

The US is warming to Sweden’s habit of burning trash for energy

Maybe, in the near future, calling something a “dumpster fire” won’t carry the flavor of a pejorative that it does now.<p>The practice of burning trash to generate energy works well for Sweden, but in the US the idea remains controversial. That might be changing. Officials in seven Idaho counties have …

Five of the world′s biggest environmental problems | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 11.10.2016

These five megatrends present major global threats for planet Earth - problems that must be solved if the world is to remain a supportive habitat for …

Out with Dow Solar Shingles and in with Elon Musk’s Solar Roofs

After just five short years of selling their Powerhouse shingles, Dow Chemical has decided they are done with the solar shingle business and have …

Donald Trump Goes Solar on Hillary Clinton During the First Debate

Within the first thirty minutes of the first Presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump appeared to refer to the now-bankrupt solar company …

Find Out How Much Power You'd Get From Solar Panels on Your Roof

Or from a wind turbine in your backyard.<p>One of the problems with setting up renewable power sources—like solar panels or wind turbines—is that it can be difficult to predict just how much power they will generate once they're built.<p>Say you're considering installing some solar panels on the roof of …

Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'

Temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones amid extreme weather in 2015, major international ‘state of the climate’ report finds<p>The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea …

Sea Level

World’s largest solar power plant planned for Chernobyl nuclear wasteland

The world’s most famous and damaging nuclear meltdown is now being considered for the world’s largest solar power plant. The Ukrainian nuclear power station Chernobyl had a nuclear meltdown on April 26, 1986. Since then 1,600 square miles of land has been deemed an ‘exclusion zone’ as the radiation …

ByFusion turns all types of ocean plastic into eco-friendly construction blocks

The problem of ocean waste, particularly the plastic variety, is a big one, and many creative people are working on ways to clean it up. Finding ways …

This Aussie Family Pays 59 Cents A Day For Power Thanks To The Tesla Powerwall

Image: Supplied<p>The Pfitzner family have received their first quarterly energy bill since Natural Solar installed their Tesla Powerwall and solar …

The Algorithm that Will Help You Program a Successful Life

Joshua Torres<p>Read full profile<p>Aren’t you tired of the same old personal success advice?<p>You know, advice such as:<p>You need a clearly defined goal.<br>• Be …

Self-improvement

Folding offshore wind turbines could power 10,000 US homes

The Department of Energy wants 50MW turbines with 650-foot blades.<p>The US Department of Energy's plan to generate 20 percent of the nation's electrical power from wind by 2030 is <i>ambitious</i>, to say the least. To pull it off, the turbines will need to be located offshore, where winds are steadier and …

Renewable Energy

The World’s Tallest Solar Tower Hopes To Be Completed By 2017

Not primarily recognized for being one of the leaders in renewable energy, but Israel will soon be flying past everyone’s expectations with the …

Hole in ozone layer is closing and will be 'healed' by 2050, scientists say

The hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close, scientists have discovered.<p>Researchers from the University of Leeds and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, have confirmed the first signs of an increase of ozone, which shields life on Earth from the sun’s harmful …

11 Bad Habits That Will Ruin Even The Strongest Marriage

For as much envying as we do of other couples, the truth is — even the most wonderful, 'perfect' couple can end up divorced.<p>We've all seen it: Two genuinely great people start off head-over-heels in love, but then somewhere along the way (despite everything looking rosy on the surface) they shock …

25 Random Acts Of Kindness You Can Do With Your Kids

Let’s face it: The world is a scary place these days. Our political climate is charged with anger, our country is in mourning over yet another …

These 12 cities are going all in on renewable energy

A number of cities are ready to step away from fossil fuels.<p>While some cities have already accomplished this goal, others plan to in the near future. Either way, many cities are taking the step towards a more sustainable future.<p>Scroll down to see if your hometown makes our list of cities set to …

BMW Is Turning Its Electric Vehicle Batteries Into a New Business

BMW unveiled plans to turn new and used electric vehicle batteries into an system that can store energy for homes and businesses.<p>The product, which …

Renewable Energy is Becoming a Big Problem For Utility Providers

Renewable energy is an unavoidable part of our future. Traditional utility companies are already beginning to feel the loss in revenue and demand. …

30-Day Quick-Start Exercise Guide for Beginners

One of the easiest parts of starting an exercise program is deciding to do it. Usually there's something inspiring you to make a change: Maybe you …

Strength Training

SolarCity's CEO told us solar energy will reach a tipping point in just 5 years — here's why

Solar has a ton of potential as an alternative energy resource, and yet we barely use it.<p>If panels are 20% efficient at turning solar energy into power (as has been the case in lab tests), then we could feasibly cover a land area about the size of Spain and power the entire Earth renewably in 2030. …

How to Trick Your Brain Into Conquering Fear, According to This Top Harvard Professor

Fear can sideline a person's dream of professional success. Tweak your body language and boost your authentic presence to feel more confident.<p>Social psychologist, Harvard Professor, author and public speaker Amy Cuddy delivered a phenomenally popular TED Talk in 2012, sharing how clear, nonverbal …

A New Food Label Supports Farmers As They Transition To Organic

It’s one of the reasons that despite huge demand for organic food, organic farming is still a tiny fraction of agriculture overall–and food brands …

The Best States And Cities For The Clean Tech Economy

Where are clean tech companies getting the most traction? Mostly in the states you’d expect, but don’t underestimate what wind power is doing to the grids of middle America.<p>In 2010, only one state generated 10% of its energy from renewable sources. Now, 14 states exceed 10% renewables that aren’t …

Home energy storage is the driving force of the future, claims Tesla trailblazer

When it comes to grabbing headlines with visions of the future, few can beat entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk. He’s behind SpaceX, the rocket company that he sees as a vehicle to his dream of colonising Mars.<p>Better known, perhaps, are his Tesla electric cars, an increasingly common sight in the …

10 Frugal Reasons to Compost

You've probably heard about composting, or maybe you've even considered giving it a try. This waste-reducing activity is about way more than being …