Bird-brain: Canary smoke detector boasts impressive smarts
July 1, 2013, 10:09 a.m. by Matt Hickman
Developed for the NYC BigApps competition, the Canary is a multi-tasking, smartphone-managed smoke and carbon monoxide detector-cum-air quality analyzer sporting good looks and remarkable smarts.
Human nests and IKEA refugee shelters [Weekend link clump]
June 21, 2013, 12:56 p.m. by Matt Hickman
First day of summer ICYMI goodness: Absurd quotes on the 'twigitecture' trend, a stunning airbase-to-farmhouse conversion and IKEA does flat-packed refugee shelters. Plus, a visit to the Energy Fair.
How third-hand smoke ruins your home [Infographic]
June 20, 2013, 1:49 p.m. by Matt Hickman
The number crunching wizards over at Movoto.com take a look at how third-hand cigarette smoke — lingering residue that sticks to carpets, furniture, etc. — can negatively impact your home's resale value.
Ottawa neighborhood embroiled in squirrel deportation scandal
June 19, 2013, 5:50 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Sick and tired of ransacked bird feeders and gardens, homeowners in an upscale Ottawa neighborhood have apparently taken to illegally trapping and transporting squirrels across province lines to Quebec.
Garage door remotes fail across country; U.S. military to blame
June 11, 2013, 2:12 p.m. by Melissa Breyer
And no, this isn’t a conspiracy theory.
The line-dryers dozen: Gear for al fresco laundering
June 10, 2013, 12:51 p.m. by Matt Hickman
With balmy temps on the way, exercise your right to dry by putting that energy-hogging dryer into seasonal retirement and enlisting the help of a good clothesline and line-drying accoutrement.
Upcycled houses and good vibes aplenty [Weekend link clump]
June 8, 2013, 3:42 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This weekend's ICYMI fest: A reuse-minded shipping container prototype abode nears completion in Denmark and professional 'space clearers' bust bad mojo in New York City.
Lamp murders mosquitoes while casting romantic, solar-powered glow
June 7, 2013, 6:29 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Ever find yourself wishing for a tasteful, quiet and completely nontoxic skeeter-killing device? Well, it looks like your wish has been granted with the solar-powered Mosquito Genie lamp.
Zsa Zsa Gabor sells bulldozer-ready Bel Air estate
June 3, 2013, 8:17 p.m. by Matt Hickman
The weirdo husband of perpetually hospitalized nonagenarian socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has finally sold her ripe-for-remodeling Bel Air manse. But will the property ultimately be razed and redeveloped instead?
Green home upgrades that pay you back [Infographic]
May 28, 2013, 9:43 a.m.
A smart roof and radiant floors are just some of the ways you can renovate your home and reap the benefits of energy savings.
2013 summer reading list: 7 green home and garden tomes
May 28, 2013, 8:30 a.m. by Matt Hickman
From authoritative volumes on the passive house movement to do-it-yourself shed building guides, there's no shortage of green home-centric books to spend a little QT with this summer.
Jewel beetles bend light to make themselves invisible to predators
Australian fires reveal ancient water system built long before the pyramids
4 ways exercise is good for your brain
What gray hair says about your health
Watch a massive bald eagle take off from a Boston street in slow motion
Scientists accidentally discover new type of immune cell that kills most cancers