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Radon Risk<p>Lower Risk<p>Yellow areas mean that our goal to raise Radon awareness is working! People are often taking action to reduce their levels. Radon …

Your guide to a smart garage - CNET

If you have a garage, then you know the feeling. You drive away from your home, make it halfway down the street and wonder if you remembered to close the garage door. We've seen plenty of smart cameras, doorbells and locks for our front doors, but what about the door many of us use the most? Turns …

RemoteAccess

Nest’s digital health ambitions revealed in records from secretive purchase of Seattle startup Senosis

Google-owned Nest has been secretly laying the groundwork for a move into digital health products, a potential new line of business for a company …

Digital Health

Leaked Google Home Hub could take on the Amazon Echo Show

After letting Lenovo and JBL go first, Google might be ready to roll out its own version of a smart speaker with a screen. Mysmartprice showed off leaked renders of a device supposedly called the Google Home Hub on Tuesday. The Google Home Hub should combine a simple touchscreen with voice controls …

Google Home

Air pollution affects thyroid development in fetuses: Particle pollution is the culprit, raising concern about health impacts later in life

Particle pollution is the culprit, raising concern about health impacts later in life<p>Soot and dust alters thyroid development in fetuses before they …

Southern California

17 Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Smart Home

Why not make your life a little easier?<p>Confession: It took us a minute to come around to smart home devices. For starters, it all just sounds so expensive. Not to mention inaccessible (you can't exactly install a smart thermostat if you don't own your apartment). But then we started dabbling, and …

Outdoor Spaces

'I was horrified that children are breathing air this dirty inside the school'

Headteacher Gwen Lee had not expected the results to be good but had been unprepared for what the air pollution engineer found.<p>Levels of dangerous particulate pollution exceeded WHO guidelines in every classroom of the school – and two were more than three times over the limit.<p>“We have long been …

Pollution

Does the Air We Breathe Affect Our Brains?

Many of us are aware that pollution can have detrimental effects on our health, specifically in relation to respiratory and cardiovascular issues. …

Psychology

Air pollution particles found in mothers' placentas

Scientists have found the first evidence that particles of air pollution travel through pregnant women’s lungs and lodge in their placentas.<p>Toxic air is already strongly linked to harm in foetuses but how the damage is done is unknown. The new study, involving mothers living in London, UK, revealed …

Particles

Volkswagen and the air Californians breathe

When I first came to California in 1970 to finish the production of our movie “Woodstock,” dense clouds of orange smog hung everywhere. Today, we can …

Santa Barbara

3 Smart Home Devices to Sell Your House Faster - Dwell

Offering new conveniences, energy savings, safety, and security, pre-installed home automation devices are quite appealing to buyers.<p>With interest in smart home technology growing rapidly, adding a few key gadgets to your house in preparation for a sale is an excellent way to give it an edge. In …

Polluting

When it comes to indoor air quality, impossible-to-see pollutants can prove harmful to human health—and our behavior may be making matters worse.<p>For most of us, our houses are sanctuaries, insulating us from the perils of the outside world. We light scented candles to unwind. We read by the …

Indoor Air Quality

The One Renovation That Isn’t Worth Doing—According to the Property Brothers

<i>Originally published by Real Simple</i><p>With four hit HGTV shows, a bestselling book (plus a memoir on the way), and other countless ventures, Drew and …

Real Estate

Air pollution: know your enemy

Sometimes you can’t even see it, but air pollution is everywhere.<p>Perhaps you think that air pollution doesn’t affect you because you don’t live in a …

Pollution

Air pollution is 'biggest environmental health risk' in Europe

Air pollution is now “the biggest environmental risk” to public health in Europe but governments are failing to adequately deal with the crisis, the EU Court of Auditors has found.<p>Europe’s air pollution limits are “much weaker” than WHO guidelines – and most EU countries do not comply with them …

Pollution

Which technologies will underpin the smart cities of the future? | Financial Times

The world of dumb objects from rubbish bins to water pipes is about to become smart. We are on the brink of a communications revolution, with the …

Smart Cities

Six more communities ordered to safeguard against radioactive gas | The Star

VANCOUVER—The B.C. government has identified six more communities that could be at risk from an odourless, colourless, cancer-causing gas seeping …

Air Pollution Robs Us of Our Smarts and Our Lungs

Environment<p>New science is showing that smog-filled skies are bad for the brain, but researchers aren't sure exactly how or why.<p>Breathing in dirty air damages our lungs, but new research is showing it might change how we think, too.<p>A study published earlier this week in the <i>Proceedings for the</i> …

Pollution

This is your brain on air pollution

Huge Chinese survey shows test scores dip where air is dirtiest.<p>It’s pretty obvious that air pollution makes people sick and shortens lives. …

Pollution

The new Roomba could be the end of vacuuming

Remembering to clean your floors may soon be just a memory.<p>iRobot unveiled its latest robot vacuum, the Roomba i7+ today (Sept. 6). A spiritual successor to the Roomba 980 introduced three years ago, a series of cameras and sensors onboard allow it to make a map of your home to guide it around …

I, Robot

Radon: A Leading Environmental Cause of Lung Cancer

Protracted exposure to radon decay products is the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality in the United States.1,2 Family physicians play a …

Cancer

How to measure your home for the required number of smoke detectors

Smoke detectors come in all shapes and sizes but still have one important job — letting you know that there may be a fire or similar emergency …

Regulation

Sonos’ pricey new speaker is a sound investment

At first glance, the new Sonos Beam doesn’t look like a bargain.<p>It’s a new smart speaker from a company whose reputation is for making sleek home …

Smart Homes

Detroit shutting off drinking water in all schools because of lead, copper contamination

DETROIT – Detroit's city school district is shutting off drinking water to all of its schools after test results found elevated levels of lead or copper in 16 of 24 schools recently tested.<p>In a statement Wednesday, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti of the Detroit Public Schools Community District said …

Water

Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals

Air pollution causes a “huge” reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health.<p>The research was conducted in China but is relevant across the world, with 95% of the global population …

Pollution

Using Second-hand Smart-Home Products? You Could Be Being Spied On

Using second-hand smart-home products? You could be being spied on. The European smart-home market is expected to be worth $15.28 billion (£11.83 billion) by 2020, according to market research carried out by MarketsandMarkets; and this will likely boost the already growing second-hand smart-home …

Smart Homes

Alexa Is Losing Her Edge

It’s easy to imagine a world in which “Alexa” is synonymous with talking computers, or Echo with smart speakers—just as Kleenex is synonymous with …

Google Assistant

Beer, Drinking Water And Fish: Tiny Plastic Is Everywhere

Plastic trash is littering the land and fouling rivers and oceans. But what we can see is only a small fraction of what's out there.<p>Since modern plastic was first mass-produced, 8 billion tons have been manufactured. And when it's thrown away, it doesn't just disappear. Much of it crumbles into …

Particles

Google is reportedly launching its own smart display later this year

A screen-equipped smart speaker of its own to compete with Amazon’s Echo Show<p>Google has already given its blessing for third-parties to make Assistant-powered smart speakers with displays, but the search giant has yet to venture into this territory itself. That might change later this year, with a …