Move over, cotton. This smart fabric could change our lives


World peace has always been an unachievable fantasy. Until now.

A group of researchers at UC San Diego just got $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to make clothing that could regulate body temperature and thus reduce the amount of energy we use for heating and cooling. Here’s more from a press release out of UCSD:

The smart fabric will be designed to regulate the temperature of the wearer’s skin — keeping it at 93° F — by adapting to temperature changes in the room. When the room gets cooler, the fabric will become thicker. When the room gets hotter, the fabric will become thinner. To accomplish this feat, the researchers will insert polymers that expand in the cold and shrink in the heat inside the smart fabric.

According to one of the researchers on the project, 93 degrees is a comfortable skin temperature for most people (who knew?). Clothes made…

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As Cold as Ice

Searching for Refinement

I think we all pray to the first cup of the day. It’s a silent prayer, sung while the mind is still foggy and blue. “O Magic Cup,” it might go, “carry me above the traffic jam. Keep me civil in the subway. And forgive my employer, as you forgive me. Amen” — Stewart Lee Allen

So, we (and by we I mean Honey Bunny) have already hit our first glitch in the pink kitchen: and NO, it is not the color because, as I said, “pink works.” I can even quite honestly say that not only does it work, but Honey Bunny kind of digs it.

But, somehow, I managed to marry a man who is dedicated to routine.  Oatmeal every day for breakfast; a sandwich every day for lunch; a walk at precisely the same time each and every morning and evening with his dogs; socks must go…

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An ant faces a leaf in its way



On this glorious Saturday we took a walk into town. The teen was the travel guide and led us through the foresty paths. I’m naturally an ant, I have my set ways and I don’t like to deviate away too much. I have to admit that I much enjoyed his way rather than my way. We passed a pond that was full of algae, it looked like an oxygen starved green soup. It made me think, about how if we let certain things go unchecked we too can be full of yuck that doesn’t let a lot of light in. No amount of affirmations and piling on the self love will help until we get to work, identify and clear out.

My 3 Bodacious tips for today are (drum roll):

1. Write a list of 5 things that are positive and not so great in your life

This is such…

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Flying a solar plane across the Pacific is about as easy as it sounds


This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Later this week, a single-seat, solar-powered plane with a wingspan longer than that of a Boeing 747 will take off from Nanjing, China, headed for Honolulu. For a normal passenger jet, that’s about a 12-hour flight. Solar Impulse 2, the 5,000-pound plane powered by nothing but sunshine, will take five days.

This is by far the hardest part of the plane’s journey around the world, which started in Abu Dhabi last month, and should finish there in August. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have been working up to this for 12 years, and they’re fully aware of how trying it will be.

“If we are optimistic, we will say that we’ve done six legs out of 12,” Piccard says. “And if we are pessimistic, we will say have…

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Against the Structured Generation

The 14th Floor

One of the unfortunate characteristics of our generation is that we have tended to live highly structured lives.  Those of us born in the 1980s, who spent their twenties in the transitional era of the early 2000s, amidst the violent cacophony of the two Bush Wars, have experienced at least some shared sense of structure to our lives.

The typical life of an upper-middle class son or daughter born in Canada during that generation would go something like this: a childhood spent in public schools, with no lack of activities in which to immerse oneself (soccer, piano, theater, etc.). Then high school hits, with its swirl of hormonal desire combined with the looming pressure of standardized tests. It is generally here that the adolescent learns the rhythms of capitalist work-time: school during the day, nights filled with study and ever more structured activities.

If the student is lucky he or…

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Release your Rahhh


Today was a mixed day of positives and crazy grrr thoughts. I’m continuing with my affirmations but I’m naturally a washing machine thinker. You know those unsaid thoughts or raging angry thoughts that go round and round and minutes go by before you realise you’ve just wasted time in a toxic space.

Do you struggle like this to? How do you snap out of it?

I decided to will myself out of it and simply concentrated on my hands being wrapped round my steaming mug of green tea. I have to get better at Just. Being.

So my 3 tips for this terrific Tuesday are:

1. Make yourself sweat for just 30 minutes.

Last week I was ill with a cold and I could feel the old procrastinating excuses creep up; “You could do something else/ It’s sooo much effort/ Are you sure you feel better?” I mean that’s the…

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3 is the magic number


So I’m going to commit to a week, of kicking the blogging off, with a daily top 3 tips for the day. Why 3? Because in an info loaded world It’s good to reconnect with simple truths and I like the number 3. The things that I’ll blog about are: lifestyle tips, food (my fave) and cool products. So here goes… 1. Find a quiet space, stand still or lie on the floor. Close your eyes and just tune out. Concentrate on your breathing, then make your breathing deeper. In through the nose out through the mouth. And think of 3 good things about yourself: a quality you’re good at/ Something you like to do/Remember a powerful emotion i.e when you fell in love looking at your baby for the first time, a moment where you laughed so hard tears unashamedly rolled down you face and then think how Awesome…

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Saturday Sips: Almond Milk Shake

The Satisfied Spoon

You might not think to every put the words “Almond milk” and “shake” together in the same recipe. Almond milk is notoriously healthy, vegan, and low in calories. BUT, Almond milk still retains much of the creamy, luscious taste of regular milk–minus all the dairy-induced bloating and acne outbreaks (excess dairy can cause skin problems, but that’s an issue for another post). Here’s how to put Almond milk to work for you:

Make an Almond Milk Shake

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There are hundreds of recipes online about how to make an Almond Milk shake, but the best part about Almond Milk is that it goes with EVERYTHING. Vanilla Almond Milk mixes well with banana and a pinch of cinnamon, while Chocolate Almond Milk goes well with chunky peanut butter.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes:

PopSugar’s Banana Almond Shake

Mind Body Green’s Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie (hint: there are…

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To joe, or not to joe? The science surrounding coffee.

Is it healthful?

As I finish what will be my last sip of coffee for the day I feel nearlysuperhuman. I’m happier, my productivity is at a Ryan Seacrest like levels (apparently the man is quite productive) and heck, if the New York City marathon were held today I’m pretty confident that I would win, easily. Yes, coffee truly is the nectar of the Gods. But – very big but(t) – is it actually good for me? Or is my three a day routine a recipe for an early death? Science, take it away:


The Good:

Exercise and fat burning:

Drinking coffee one hour before endurance exercise improves times by approximately 5% and this leads to the preferential burning of fat as an exercise fuel (1). It’s uncertain though whether coffee actually aids in fat-loss. Looking good so far, coffee.

Blood pressure, cholesterol and cardiovascular health:

Anti-coffee people, AKA tea drinkers…

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