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Living Roofs Take Root In Wine Country

Living Roofs Take Root In Wine Country

By Michelle Locke

NAPA, Calif. (AP) – It’s a warm day in the Napa Valley and the summer sun that turns the region’s plump grapes into prized cabernet sauvignon is beating down on the Odette Estate winery.

But inside the winery’s production facility, temperatures are pleasant – with nary a whisper of air conditioning.

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The reason is Odette Estate’s innovative roof, which combines 8,500 square feet of planted, living roof with 2,500 square feet of solar panels.

“It’s really …

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MCM Yankee Runners For The Semper Fi Fund

MCM Yankee Runners For The Semper Fi Fund

To benefit veterans and their families through the Semper Fi Fund, the Marine Corps Marathon Yankee Runners are hosting a fundraiser Friday, September 19 from 7pm to 11pm at Stonehouse Pub in Lemont.

The Semper Fi Fund provides financial assistance to wounded or critically ill veterans and their families. Founded by Marine Corps spouses in 2004, the Semper Fi Fund has been able to provide more than $94 million in assistance to over 12,000 of America’s veterans and their families.

The MCM Yankee Runners raise awareness for the Semper …

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181 W. Madison Receives $186,750 Rebate Check From ComEd

181 W. Madison Receives $186,750 Rebate Check From ComEd


CHICAGO, Ill. – MB Real Estate is pleased to announce that 181 W. Madison has recently received a $186,750 rebate check from ComEd for its participation in the Smart Ideas® Building Performance with ENERGY STAR® Commercial Real Estate program.

The program provided by ComEd is designed to help multi-tenant office buildings become more energy efficient, overcome the barriers often preventing owners and tenants from investing in energy efficiency, and offers technical assistance to commercial building owners and tenants …

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Taco Offers New Wiring for Hydronics Training

Taco Offers New Wiring for Hydronics Training


A new, free, online and self-paced training course is offered from Taco’s FloPro University. Trainer Dave Holdorf provides professional contractor FloPro Team members with an introduction to wiring residential hydronic systems. For new hands, or as a refresher for veteran pros, the course provides everything installers need to know.

Holdorf covers all the essentials, beginning with the need to solve common system control challenges. It’s the first of several “Wiring for Hydronics” …

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Ergodyne Launches New Tool Backpack With Maximum Storage

Ergodyne Launches New Tool Backpack With Maximum Storage


St. Paul, Minn. – Ergodyne has announced today the expansion of their Arsenal® Tool Storage Collection with the new Arsenal® 5843 Tool Backpack. Featuring a unique two compartment design, the Arsenal® 5843 is third-party certified for hoisting up to 50 lbs. – allowing for hands-free climbing and easy mobility of tools and equipment around the jobsite.

“This backpack has all the storage capacity and organization of a top-flight tool bag,” said Nate Bohmbach, product manager, Ergodyne. “The best …

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Fairview Unveils Complete Family of Low, Medium and High Power Attenuators

Fairview Unveils Complete Family of Low, Medium and High Power Attenuators


Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, announces the release of their new family of 25, 50 and 100 Watt attenuators with operating frequencies up to 18 GHz depending on the configuration.

There is a total of 236 new part numbers in this attenuator release from Fairview Microwave. Attenuation options include 3 dB, 6 dB, 10 dB, 20 dB, 30 dB, 40 …

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A Closer Look: Secure Your Phone Without Passcodes

A Closer Look: Secure Your Phone Without Passcodes

By Anick Jesdanun

NEW YORK (AP) – Passcodes are outdated.

They’re a pain to use, and they aren’t secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don’t bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more. Fortunately, phone makers have started to come up with alternatives to passcodes.

We’ll explore features in various …

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Wal-Mart: Try, Try Again

Wal-Mart: Try, Try Again

By Anne D’Innocenzio

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart thought shoppers would jump at the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout.

But customers had trouble using the “Scan & Go” app during tests in 200 stores, so Wal-Mart nixed it.

Instead of looking at the app as a failure, though, Wal-Mart took what it learned from “Scan & Go” to create another …

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Dallas County Gets Futuristic General Hospital

Dallas County Gets Futuristic General Hospital

By Sherry Jacobson

DALLAS (AP) – The new Parkland Memorial Hospital is more than a sleek mass of glass and steel, towering 17 stories above Harry Hines Boulevard.

Dallas County’s new $1.3 billion public hospital is one of the first “digital hospitals” in the United States. The new campus is teeming with technology that wasn’t even envisioned when planning for the hospital began in 2002.

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“This building is a whole new world,” Lou Saksen, who is overseeing the …

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Are Drones The Future Of Firefighting?

Are Drones The Future Of Firefighting?

By Brian Smith

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – When it comes to analyzing dangerous wildfires, could a sensor attached to a drone ever replace a human eye connected to an intellect shaped by experience and intuition?

That’s one of the many questions federal wildland firefighting officials are asking as drones become increasingly popular in warfare and commerce.

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The wildfire drone conversation comes on the heels of a national reminder about the human cost of firefighting after one of the deadliest …

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New Memoir Presents An Armenian-Iranian-American Engineer’s Odyssey From The Streets Of Tehran To The Hills Of Malibu

New Memoir Presents An Armenian-Iranian-American Engineer’s Odyssey From The Streets Of Tehran To The Hills Of Malibu

Los Angeles, Calif. – …And Then I Met The Getty Kouros is a memoir that chronicles the remarkable story of Jack Njdeh Yaghoubian, who has made a huge impact on the world of engineering in the United States and around the world.

This Armenian-Iranian-American odyssey is a story of one life with three rich and distinct cultures as an omnipresent backdrop to a prolific career in earthquake engineering. Yaghoubian invented and holds the patent for an ingenious earthquake base isolation system that enabled the broken Getty Kouros …

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Review: Tech Goodies To Bring Along On Trips

Review: Tech Goodies To Bring Along On Trips

By Anick Jesdanun

DENVER, Colo. (AP) – Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out.

But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you’re going?

In my travels, I’ve come across a number of products and services worth bringing along:

KEEPING YOUR GADGETS CHARGED:
Duh. You’ll need not only the charging cord, but also the unit for plugging into the wall outlet. Bring …

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New Apple Mac, Mobile Features Coming This Fall

New Apple Mac, Mobile Features Coming This Fall

By Michael Liedtke
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple’s Mac operating system is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files, while new features in the software for iPhones and iPads include one for keeping tabs on your health.

Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed out that data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can’t get a comprehensive picture of your health. That will change, he says, with HealthKit coming to the new mobile software, iOS 8. Apple is also working with the Mayo Clinic …

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Researcher: Technology Not To Blame For Teen Woes

Researcher: Technology Not To Blame For Teen Woes

By Leanne Italie

NEW YORK (AP) – Danah Boyd has made a name for herself at the research division of Microsoft for painstaking work examining social media, Big Data and the tension between public and private lives, but it’s her teens’-eye view of the digital world that sets her apart.

Now, Boyd has written her first book, “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens,” out in February from Yale University Press and available for free on her website, …

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