The Science of Sustainability

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L.E.D. There Be Light

L.E.D. There Be Light

Paying less for more: how energy-efficient LED bulbs outshine the competition while saving you money.

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"I Flamed Amazement": The Physics of St. Elmo's Fire

"I Flamed Amazement": The Physics of St. Elmo's Fire

Ariel personified St. Elmo's Fire, the glow that can appear around ship masts and chimneys during a thunderstorm. Lacking a scientific explanation for the light, people in Shakespeare's time attributed it to the patron saint of sailors. Four hundred years later, we still don't completely understand how storms create such magnificent atmospheric phenomena.

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What Makes Us Conserve Energy? 6 Lessons from the Smart Grid

What Makes Us Conserve Energy? 6 Lessons from the Smart Grid

Smart meters are providing consumers with hourly and daily energy use information. But does it inspire conservation?

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Me and CFLs Haven't Parted Ways Just Yet

Me and CFLs Haven't Parted Ways Just Yet

Some readers may have noted that I declared my allegiance to light-emitting diodes LEDs, in a recent blog, since they are potentially much more energy efficient than CFLs. But we'll have to live with CFLs until LEDs become more cost effective…

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R.I.P. for CFLs? LEDs to Light our Future

R.I.P. for CFLs? LEDs to Light our Future

I've been a cheerleader for compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) in this blog and will abandon the technology in a millisecond. When it comes to technology, my loyalties are short lived.

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