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California is the first state to require solar panels on new homes. Here's why Big Brother is on to something

When a state regulatory body decrees that all new homes must have rooftop solar starting in 2020, my temperature rises.<p>Big Brother is intruding too deeply into my personal life, I'm thinking. Shouldn't it be my call alone whether to invest in solar panels, perhaps incentivized by state tax credits …

Fossil Fuels

The 7 Best Face Masks For Men – And Why You Should Be Using Them

Your skin will thank you.<p>Sheet masks and clay masks have been the culprits behind more than a few scares. Whether you're scrolling through Instagram or heading into the bathroom, seeing someone in a mask can be a major WTF of a surprise. And yet, they're everywhere.<p>Guys like Orlando Bloom, Chris …

Skin Care

Let's Talk About Net Present Value and Solar Panels

Without understanding it, you’ll never know if putting solar panels on your roof (or buying a share of stock) is a good deal or not.<p>In 1202, the Pisan customs official’s son who has come to be known as Fibonacci gave the world the mathematical tools to calculate the present value of a future stream …

Solar Power

California Energy Commission approves plan requiring solar panels on new homes

<b>(CNN) —</b> People wanting to buy a new home in California may soon face an additional upfront expense: solar panels that will reduce energy use.<p>The California Energy Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to adopt new energy efficiency standards, which would make the panels a requirement.<p>While the …

Solar Power

California panel approves historic plan to require solar panels on new homes

New homes and low-rise apartment buildings across California would include solar panels under first-in-the-nation rules approved Wednesday by the California Energy Commission.<p>The rules now go to the state Building Standards Commission, where they were expected to easily win approval.<p>“This is …

Solar Power

4 AR/VR Stanford student projects show the future of immersive tech

Universities have often been a breeding ground for the tech industry’s breakthrough companies and innovations. Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Snapchat are global juggernauts today, but these started out as flashes of insight among college kids tinkering with ideas and side projects. As we move …

Augmented Reality

California to make solar mandatory for new homes starting 2020

Solar power has been around for years, even decades, but it has never caught on in the consumer market for two reasons. One is affordability, the …

Solar Power

Tesla Feels the Weight of Solar Panels

Slowing installations, investment guarantees add to car maker’s challenges<p>Tesla Inc. has another financial worry: Its home solar-panel business is facing slowing installations and could be on the hook for financial promises it made to some investors, just as the U.S. tax law presents new risks to …

Tesla

Lessons From a Solar Bidding Platform: Higher Quality Beats Lowest Price

Some solar installers have voiced concerns about a “race to the bottom” since we started inviting them to sell through our Solar Marketplace in 2013. …

Solar Power

Are Home Solar Panels Worth the Cost? Here’s When They Make Sense—And When They Don’t

From electricity costs to your home's sunlight.<p>With prices falling rapidly, installing home solar panels can dramatically trim your energy bills — if …

How to Respond When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting

“Katherine, have a go at it?”<p>I love this scene from the 2017 movie, <i>Hidden Figures.</i> Katherine, played by Taraji P. Henson, is put on the spot by her boss, played by Kevin Costner, in a room filled with top brass NASA officials — all male. She is asked to go to the chalkboard and lay out the math to …

Four Fast Ways To Stop Hiring Mistakes

On paper, Carl was everything the hiring manager dreamed of: a technical mastermind with exactly the certifications the quickly growing company needed. He was a perfect fit, the HR recruiter assured the manager.<p>So why, three months later, were they hiring for Carl’s position again? Carl was a …

Employment

How to Discipline Stubborn, ‘Unpunishable’ Children

You might not be able to control their behavior, but you do have control over what they learn.<p>Parents of strong-willed children have a unique set of …

Parenting

1800 MPH: EV Charging Technology Moving Faster Than Expected

Many who reject the option of an electric vehicle say that they’ll consider one only when EVs have the range for occasional long-distance drives and can recharge about as quickly as you can refill a car’s tank with gasoline. Well, that time is nearly here—a lot sooner than even many experts in …

Electric Vehicles

Apple Pay cardless withdrawals now available at 5,000+ Wells Fargo ATMs

Wells Fargo promised cardless ATM withdrawals using Apple Pay back in March, and has today announced that the facility is available at more than 5,000 machines across the USA.<p>A customer can initiate an ATM transaction by signing into leading mobile wallet features, such as Wells Fargo Wallet for …

FinTech

Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists

Over the past six years, rooftop solar panel installations have seen explosive growth — as much as 900 percent by one estimate.<p>That growth has come to a shuddering stop this year, with a projected decline in new installations of 2 percent, according to projections from Bloomberg New Energy …

Solar Power

This 20-Minute Power Yoga Workout Will Strengthen and Stretch From Head to Toe

Yoga is a great addition to any fitness routine. Unlike your high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts or weight-lifting sessions, yoga is …

Premium solar panels & home batteries

Empower your home with Bradford Energy<p>As one of Australia’s <b>most trusted brands</b>, we have built our reputation on excellence. We only use the <b>highest</b> …

Facebook debuts its first dedicated virtual reality app, Facebook 360

Facebook has devoted major resources and billions of dollars to virtual reality, but there has been a pretty clear line between what happens in the main Facebook app and what happens on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.<p>Today, Facebook is intertwining the real and virtual worlds of Facebook a bit by …

Solar Spring Break 2017 Offers Hands-On Training While Installing In Under-Served Communities

<b>Published on</b> March 3rd, 2017 | <i>by Derek Markham</i><p>0<p>March 3rd, 2017 by <b>Derek Markham</b><p>Spring break is coming! Spring break is coming! But instead of going to …

Struggling Sungevity Lays Off Workers After Merger Falls Through

Sungevity billed itself as a lean, "asset-light" residentialsolarcompany that could scale faster than the vertically integrated leaders like …

NRG Fully Exits the Home Solar Installation Business

NRG Energy is shedding the remains of its residentialsolarinstallation business in an attempt to find a sustainable model in the tumultuous rooftop …

Tesla Wants to Lower Your Electricity Bill with a Battery for Your Home

Elon Musk shifts his attention from cars to bring you an exciting alternative household power source<p>Tesla is best known as the maker of luxurious, ludicrously fast electric vehicles. But the company’s larger effort is to diminish reliance on fossil fuels and enhance opportunities to create …

SolarEdge sets inverter efficiency record with new technology platform

SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverter has broken the California Energy Commission’s record for inverter efficiency.<p>The inverter, which was announced in September 2015 but is only now seeing wide-scale rollout, tested at 99% weighted efficiency while the competition clocks in between 96-98%. Arguably more …

The author of 'The 4-Hour Workweek' explains the 4-word daily reminder that makes him more productive

After his 2007 productivity guide "The 4-Hour Workweek" became a bestseller, Tim Ferriss dedicated his career to studying a wide variety of experts at the top of their fields.<p>His new book, "Tools of Titans," is a collection of the best lessons he's learned from over 100 highly successful people.<p>It …

With No “Showtime” And No Kobe, The L.A. Lakers Are Now Selling Hope

Team president Jeanie Buss talks about the new ad campaign, and the art of marketing a rebuilding team.<p>In the space of just a few years, the Los Angeles Lakers lost both a visionary leader of more than 30 years, and its marquee player of 20 years. With the death of long-time owner Dr. Jerry Buss …

Clippers' Austin Rivers is going through NBA's concussion protocol

Clippersguard Austin Riverseased out of the locker room Monday night wearing his team practice gear, his steps measured and his conversation short when asked about having suffered a concussion Saturday night against theNew Orleans Pelicans.<p>Riverswould only say, “I’m all right,” when asked how he …

Basketball

Soon Your Doctor Might Prescribe Virtual Reality Instead Of Painkillers

The Happy Place VR app uses nature settings to distract patients from their pain–and there’s lots of evidence that this strategy works.<p>The next time you have a headache, a Swedish pharmacy wants you to strap on a virtual reality headset and pretend you’re sitting next to a campfire by a lake in …

Virtual Reality

Curry, Warriors top Nuggets in OT while working on cohesion

Stephen Curry maintained it's going to take some time for Golden State to develop cohesion. Through the preseason, for sure, and maybe even into the …

Basketball

Google welcomes the future of mobile VR with its $79 Daydream View VR headset

Google’s VR future looks pretty comfy.<p>Today at its October hardware/software/everything event, the company showed off its latest VR initiatives including a Daydream headset. The $79 Daydream View VR headset looks quite a bit different than other headsets on the market with its fabric exterior.<p>Clay …