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Selling your home can be quite the hassle, particularly if you’re looking to increase its value. You might be thinking that you’ll have to hire a contractor or buy expensive new appliances. While these things certainly can’t hurt, there are plenty of DIY improvements and installations you can do for a much lower cost. Check […]

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Protect Yourself from Chromium

Chromium-6. This chemical, also called hexavalent chromium, was made famous by the real life lawsuit lead by Erin Brockovich and the subsequent film adaptation about the high-profile case. The original lawsuit was filed against Pacific Gas & Electric, a utility that was poisoning local water supplies with this cancer-causing chemical. Unfortunately it seems that cases […]

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florida sinkhole

Citizens in Central Florida are gravely concerned after a sinkhole caused more than 250 million gallons of toxic waste to leak into a fresh water aquifer in Polk County, Florida, which is used as the primary source of drinking water for the state. Among the harmful contaminants in the wastewater is phosphogypsum, a radioactive substance […]

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clear ice

For my last birthday, a friend gave me one of those novelty ice molds. You know the ones—made of silicon they produce ice cubes in a variety of fun shapes. Mine is in the form of a well-known space smuggler after he wound up frozen in carbonite. Excited (I amuse easily, okay?) I poured water […]

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making ice rink

Indoor ice rinks are marvels of engineering, offering pristine, clear ice surfaces not matter what the time of year. It takes ingenuity, some complicated engineering, and no little artistry to make and maintain an ice rink. Here’s a brief explanation of how ordinary water becomes the clear, cold surface where ice skaters perform breathtaking jumps […]

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