Faculty Council meeting held Nov. 30

first_imgOn Nov. 30 the members of the Faculty Council approved the Harvard Summer School course list for 2017. They also approved a proposal to establish a master’s degree in Data Science and a proposal on course scheduling.The Council next meets on Dec. 14. The next meeting of the Faculty is on Dec. 6.  The preliminary deadline for the Feb. 7 meeting of the Faculty is Jan. 17 at noon.last_img

Nature Golf.

first_imgLocal legend has it that a Choctaw maiden named Cateechee warnedsettlers of an impending Cherokee invasion. The Cherokees thenchased the young woman, papoose in tow, into hiding on a ledgeunderneath a waterfall, where she later escaped.Many golfers can now find refuge from everyday hassles at thenew golf course that bears the maiden’s name.Cateechee is no ordinary golf course.The public course just outside Hartwell, Ga., is only the 14thgolf course in the world to earn the Audubon Cooperative SanctuaryProgram’s “Signature Status” stamp of environmentalapproval.”Wewant to reach people where they live, work and play,” saidRonald G. Dodson, president and chairman of the board of AudubonInternational, Audubon Society of New York State, Inc., at thededication ceremony June 28.”Some people wonder why the Audubon Society is involvedin golf,” he said, “because they see golf as a creatorof environmental problems. We created this signature program towork on making golf courses with sustainability and environmentalcompatibility. And, we don’t give it out like candy. You haveto work for it.”An existing golf course can’t be retrofitted to the profileof the Audubon Signature Program. It has to be part of the planfrom the beginning.Cateechee found a partner in planning at the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”They called us looking for a water-monitoring program,”said Bill Segars, the UGA water quality coordinator. “Inour research, we came across the Audubon Signature Program. Weliked their guidelines and decided to go with that program.”The program is designed to encourage landowners to assess anddevelop strategies for a variety of natural resources issues duringplanning and construction.It focuses on six environmental areas:* Wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement.* Water conservation.* Water quality management and monitoring.* Integrated pest management.* Energy efficiency.* Waste reduction and management.Part of the monitoring plan UGA helped develop for Cateecheewill also save the City of Hartwell big bucks.”They will be using wastewater from the city,” Segarssaid. “The city’s facilities have reached their capacity,and city officials were facing having to build a new wastewatertreatment plant or find a way to go to land application. Thisis their answer.”About 15 other Georgia golf courses use wastewater for irrigation.Once construction on an Audubon Signature course is completed,the landowner must follow a natural resource management plan.Annual reports are required, and biennial audits are conducted.If the plan is not strictly followed, the golf course risks losingits designation. Several have.Cateechee is the first golf club in Georgia to earn the designation.There are only four others in the Southeast.Dodson said the Audubon program believes golf courses are adoptingmany of these principles because they make good economic sense.”You don’t want to buy and use more products than youhave to,” he said. “Our program simply gives recognitionto those who have chosen to do it right.””Our participation in the Audubon Program is based onthe premises that our golf course is an asset to the communityand that golf courses make good wildlife sanctuaries,” saidBuck Workman, Cateechee’s superintendent. “We did as littleplanting as we could for the greens and fairways and just leftthe rest for nature to do its thing.”Segars said the university plans to take what they have learnedfrom this project and help Georgia’s golf courses become moreenvironmentally friendly.last_img read more

New Owners to Take Over Forrey’s Forza on February 1

first_imgFacebook90Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Forrey’s ForzaFive years ago, Christine and Tom Forrey had a vision. A vision to create a special place where people feel welcome, have opportunities to connect with one another, and experience a sense of belonging.Tom and Christine Forrey are moving on as the owners of Forrey’s Forza after February 1, 2018. Photo courtesy: Christine ForreyA true labor of love, the Forrey’s invited the community not only into their business, but into their hearts. On February 1, they are passing the torch to two local business owners: Rachel Young of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes and Ryan Lindstrom of PugetSound2Go.What we all know and love as Forrey’s Forza, Home of TC Pies, will become Lacey Forza, Bistro and Event Center. While many things will stay the same, the new owners are looking to amplify and expand on the strong foundation built by the Forrey’s. They will continue offering the popular pies, quiche, cookies and sweet breads made in house, but will add Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes and French Macarons by Mel to the bakery menu.Rachel Young, owner of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes, is excited for this next business adventure. Photo courtesy: Rachel Young.The new owners will continue to develop and emphasize the catering side of the business, and promote Forza not only as a cozy, inviting coffeehouse, but also as a bistro with a full food menu plus beer and wine. They will maximize the event center in the back of Forza, continuing to host business meetings, networking groups and parties, as the Forrey’s have done.We invite everyone to swing by and say goodbye to Tom and Christine, and to say hello to the new owners. It has been an amazing five years, and we look forward to what the future has in store! See you all soon!last_img read more

You’ll know when I know: Federer not thinking retirement

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal David West retires from NBA after 15 seasons LATEST STORIES Roger Federer, of Switzerland, waves after defeating Benoit Paire, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Roger Federer, still a force in tennis at the age of 37, says that when he does retire it won’t be a spur of the moment decision sprung on an unsuspecting public.“I would first check with my family,” Federer said. ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “At this point I take it with a smile and I understand that everybody is just doing their job, I guess.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The topic of when the 20-time Grand Slam champion — currently ranked second in the world — might hang up his racquet so exercises the press that even a casual comment can get antennae quivering.Federer himself jokingly used the “R-word” as he addressed the Flushing Meadows crowd after his first-round win over Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday — and promptly faced questions about it.“It’s a total joke, yes,” he said. “So please don’t read into it. Don’t even write that word.”The Swiss great admitted it could get wearing, with no new answer to the question on the horizon.“Sometimes you wonder why they ask you again because do they not hear what I said yesterday? Do they not listen to what I said two months ago?ADVERTISEMENT “If the team and everybody thinks that this is it now, and I feel it’s truly that, I wouldn’t probably tell it to that one journalist just it happened I was doing that interview that day,” he said.But Federer said he’s resigned to the questions, which first started cropping up almost a decade ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“In the beginning, you’re like, What? It can’t be true,” Federer said after beating Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round of the US Open. “Eventually, OK, fine I get it, they’re allowed to ask it. Then you get to a point where everybody has to ask it because it could be that I would be the one in that very moment to reveal that this might be it.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Andrew Forster confirmed as Bishop of Derry and Raphoe

first_imgVen. Andrew Forster has been confirmed as the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe following a meeting between the House of Bishops in Dublin yesterday (Wednesday). Archdeacon Forster (52), a father of three, succeeds Ken Good who retired at the end of May this year.Archdeacon Forster has been Rector of Drumglass (Dungannon), in the Diocese of Armagh, since 2007, and Archdeacon of Ardboe since 2015. He was previously Rector of Drumcliffe and Archdeacon of Elphin and Ardagh, in the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh (2002-2007), Church of Ireland Chaplain and Dean of Residence at Queen’s University Belfast (1995-2002), and Curate in Willowfield Parish Church, Belfast, in the Diocese of Down and Dromore (1992-1995).His consecration is planned for Sunday, 8th December, at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.Andrew Forster confirmed as Bishop of Derry and Raphoe was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Out-of-Order Fossils Make Darwinists Wave Hands

first_imgWhen a fossil violates Darwinist expectations, it never falsifies the theory.  It just creates a new round of imaginative gesticulations.Bad, monster, bad:  National Geographic wrote a headline, “New Sea Monster Found, Rewrites Evolution?”  The question mark implies, “Of course not,” even though the partial ichthyosaur fossil found in Kurdistan is “Out of time,” according to Live Science.  Actually, it wasn’t lacking time.  It had plenty of time to create problems for Darwinists:Researchers had previously believed that ichthyosaurs declined throughout the Jurassic Period, which lasted from 199 million to 145 million years ago, with the only survivors rapidly evolving to keep ahead of repeated extinction events. The new fossil, however, dates from the Cretaceous Period, which lasted from 145 million to 66 million years ago. It looks remarkably like its Jurassic brethren, revealing a surprising evolutionary statis [sic, stasis].The fossil “represents an animal that seems ‘out of time’ for its age,” study researcher Valentin Fischer of the University of Liège in Belgium said in a statement.Now, the gesticulation: one evolutionist called it a “ghost lineage” (i.e., “changing very little over millions of years”).  Another called it a “living fossil of its time.” One “never even imagined” it could survive so long.  One said “it shouldn’t be there, but it is.”  The new story will apparently read: “The resulting ichthyosaur family tree suggests these marine reptiles stayed diverse into the Cretaceous, only to go mysteriously extinct 95 million years ago.”  National Geographic is holding out hope that a single specimen won’t “rewrite evolution”.Go, ginkgo:  Speaking of stasis, the unusual tree Ginkgo biloba is a classic “living fossil.”  Because it is the now the “most abundant cityscape tree in the world,” one might be growing in a park near you.  Evolutionists, though, consider it an exception to their rule, “evolve or perish.”  J. C. McElwain wrote in Science Magazine about a new book about the ginkgo tree by Peter Crane:Ginkgo is among Earth’s oldest-living organisms, reaching ages of around 1500 years. It is a “living fossil,” belonging to a family line extending back over 200 million years. It is a symbol of morphological stasis yet incredible persistence, having survived two of the five great mass extinction events in Earth history.Now, the gesticulation: maybe it’s because it invented lignotubers, “among ginkgo’s adaptations that have ensured its persistence and resilience through hundreds of millions of years of global change.”  Funny no other plant borrowed that idea.  McElwain relishes in some tidbits of “subtle” evolutionary change, even though the tree is a “poster child for morphological stasis“.  He puts a positive spin on how ginkgo fossils can “inform us about the tempo and nature of plant macroevolution.”  Then he relishes how Crane makes the most of reverse evolution:He holds that Darwinian microevolutionary processes and contingency can account for most of the patterns observed in the plant fossil record, and he downplays (but does not entirely discount) the roles of evolutionary innovations and environmentally driven macroevolutionary processes. Crane also draws a nice parallel between the trajectories of horse and ginkgo evolution—both belonged to once highly diverse families and both were “winnowed” to a single extant species.The human network:  Categories of early humans are falling like dominoes, now that Svante Pääbo’s team has found more evidence of interbreeding between Denisovans, Neanderthals and modern humans (see 9/01/12).  Elizabeth Pennisi’s report in Science Magazine about a well-attended talk he gave in Germany last week seems devastating to evolutionary attempts to parse out human ancestors to various species and make a tree out of them:With all the interbreeding, “it’s more a network than a tree,” points out Carles Lalueza-Fox, a paleogeneticist from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, Spain. Pääbo hesitates to call Denisovans a distinct species, and the picture is getting more complicated with each new genome.Pääbo’s team also deciphered additional Denisovan DNA, both nuclear and mitochondrial, from two teeth found in different layers in Denisova Cave. The nuclear DNA confirmed that both teeth are Denisovan. But, surprisingly, one tooth showed more than 80 mitochondrial DNA differences from both the other tooth and the pinkie bone. These Denisovans, who lived in the same cave at different times, were as genetically diverse as two living humans from different continents and more diverse than Neandertals from throughout their range, says Susanna Sawyer from Pääbo’s lab. Such diversity implies that the Denisovans were a relatively large population “that at some point may have outnumbered Neandertals,” Pääbo said.Now, the gesticulating: Pennisi reported that the evolutionists feel the new data will help clarify “genetic changes that underlie our own evolution.”  They might be able to line up genes from these “archaic people” and find out which are unique to our species, compared to genes of apes and monkeys.  See also the 9/05/11 and 8/12/11 entries.The observations show solid horizontal lines between interbreeding kinds, but dashed vertical lines where the evolution is supposed to have happened.  Where is the tree?  It’s all a tangled bramble bush.  When the fossils don’t tell the Darwin tale, they have to invent terms like “morphological stasis” and wave their hands to keep you from seeing what the evidence implies.  Ignore the waving hands.  If they can’t get the tree right, what makes you think they got the dates right?Pääbo has basically undermined the Neanderthal myth.  Evolutionists give arbitrary names to populations of Homo sapiens, giving them new species designations like Homo neanderthalensis.  Since it fits Darwin’s expectations, it quickly becomes textbook orthodoxy.  Artists go to work to make the new species look as different as possible from us.  But what have we just heard?  “These Denisovans, who lived in the same cave at different times, were as genetically diverse as two living humans from different continents and more diverse than Neandertals from throughout their range.”  It’s all phony baloney categorizing among true humans, whose ability to interbreed proves they are one species.At first, Pääbo and other evolutionists tried that with the bones from Denisova cave, but now is reluctant to call those cave dwellers a distinct species.  How could he?  The DNA is all scrambled, showing they were all members of a single species: human beings.  The people in that cave were smart.  They were networking way back when they lived, just like we do today.  None of them were stupid enough to try mating with apes, or to think that’s where they came from.  If you respect evidence, help toss the Darwin Party out of power.(Visited 92 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gift of the Givers responds to Philippine disaster

first_imgThe scale of destruction wrought by super-typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines will not be known any time soon, but South African non-governmental organisation (NGO) Gift of the Givers has begun plans to ship much-needed humanitarian supplies to the most affected areas. The NGO has made R2-million available immediately to buy essential supplies for victims in the most affected eastern part of the island chain.Gift of the Givers is responding to a call from the Filipino government for international assistance in the aftermath of the catastrophic natural disaster. Early estimates put the death toll at 20 000, but that is expected to rise, and say that the typhoon has left more than 500 000 people homeless and without access to clean water and food.The Filipino military has been evacuating citizens like this pregnant woman caught in the part of the destruction (Image: Government of the Philippines)Winds exceeding 320 km per hour and waves topping 7m made landfall on 8 November, wreaking destruction up to 3 km inland on the island archipelago. Tacloban, the provincial capital of Leyte, bore the brunt of ferocious winds where it is estimated that at least 10 000 people have been killed. It is small towns like Guiuan, where Haiyan first hit, destroying 80% of the village, which will receive assistance from Gift of the Givers.With a second typhoon expected to strike the Philippines later this week the NGO is in a race to get emergency food and medical supplies to desperate communities cut off from the outside world. Initial supplies will be shipped from the organisation’s warehouses in South Africa and Dubai, or be purchased on the ground in the Philippines.Included in the emergency food supplies is Sibusiso Ready Food, a protein-rich food supplement developed by the NGO. The high-energy soya and groundnut-based supplement was developed to provide energy-rich food to HIV and tuberculosis patients, and malnutrition sufferers. It has proven to be an effective remedy to food shortages in the aftermath of disasters such as Haiyan.A CALL FOR HELPAs it has before, the organisation has asked South Africans to donate money or goods for the humanitarian effort. The NGO needs to collect non-perishable food items, blankets, disposable nappies, sanitary pads and medical supplies.Once details of the devastation become clearer Gift of the Givers will dispatch search-and-rescue teams to the area to assist with clean-up and rescue operations. The organisation’s teams will include volunteer paramedics, primary health care personnel and medics with advanced life support skills. Teams such as these were among the first to respond to the destruction wrought by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and are operating in war-torn Syria.AFRICA’S LARGEST AID AGENCYGift of the Givers was honoured earlier this year with a two-part postage stamp by the South African Post OfficeBeginning in 1992 with an aid mission to conflict-ridden Bosnia, Gift of the Givers has grown into the largest Africa-based and founded aid organisation in the world. It has provided assistance in Niger; after the earthquake in Pakistan in 2005, during the floods in Limpopo and Mozambique in 2010 and 2013, and is the only aid agency operating in Somalia.Labelled South African brand ambassadors, with a postage stamp celebrating its good works, the Gift of the Givers was founded by Dr Imtiaaz Sooliman after his Sufi spiritual advisor Muhammed Saffer-Effendi told him to start an NGO.Sooliman gave up a lucrative private medical practice to set up a humanitarian organisation that has disbursed more than R1-billion and has operations in more than 40 countries across the globe.Constantly networking or flying to asses needs in disaster areas Sooliman has said he has dispensed with the need to rest.“I can’t look away; there is far too much hardship and difficulty in the world. Helping other people is a way of saying to God ‘thank you’ that my family is safe.”First published on Media Club South Africa – Brand South Africa’s library of quality images and articles, available for freelast_img read more

Awkward football interview offers perspective on Ohio’s great ag spokespeople

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There has been quite a stir in the world of college football lately about a painfully awkward interview between ESPN’s Colin Cowherd and recently hired M*ch*gan head football coach Jim Harbaugh.On the day of the now notorious interview I was driving around western Ohio with Ty Higgins doing several story visits and we listened to the Harbaugh interview intently in the car. At first, when I heard that the new M*ch*gan coach was on, I immediately conjured up those wonderful crisp fall football Saturdays and the pure joy of watching the Buckeyes clobber the team from up north. Hopefully this experienced coach can help refuel the greatest rivalry in the sport (in a string of very painful and dramatic M*ch*gan losses, of course).The interview got off to a slow start, though, and I was soon thinking less of fall football victories and more about the painful experience of the increasingly hard-to-listen-to interview. It was a lesson in what not to do. There were numerous gaffs from both interviewer and interviewee, but Ty and I both were amazed at how this head coach making about a skajillion dollars could be so bad in an interview about his job as a head coach.The farmers we talk to every day do a better job than that Harbaugh interview, even though talking to reporters is not necessarily in their job description. I have conducted many interviews in my career, some of which have even been featured on the radio (not bad for a print guy). Since I started doing this as a writer in college there have been some awkward interviews, there have been some great interviews and everything in between. But no matter how smoothly an interview goes, I always appreciate talking to farmers and agribusiness professionals and I am always humbled that they are willing to share their stories with me.I am so fortunate to get to talk with so many great interview subjects, many who also serve as incredible spokespeople for agriculture. I consider it an honor when farmers take the time to talk with me, even though they don’t get paid a college football coach skajillion-dollar salary.Thanks to all who have been willing to do an interview with us through the years. As a whole you have represented your industry well and I’d rather talk to you than Jim Harbaugh any day. Go Bucks!last_img read more

Google Opens Voting for 10^100 Projects to Help the World

first_imgTags:#Google#web So far, the ideas involve community, environmental, economic, and energy-related solutions and include the following:Encourage positive media depictions of engineers and scientistsBuild better banking tools for everyoneWork toward socially conscious tax policiesCollect and organize the world’s urban dataCreate more efficient landmine removal programsDrive innovation in public transportBuild real-time, user-reported news serviceMake educational content available online for freeCreate real-time natural crisis tracking systemMake government more transparentHelp social entrepreneurs drive changeProvide quality education to African studentsCreate genocide monitoring and alert systemEnhance science and engineering educationPromote health monitoring and data analysisCreate real-world issue reporting systemInterestingly, some of these ideas sound a lot like the driving concepts behind existing organizations and startups we know. For example, the final idea is so akin to current tech media darling CitySourced that we have to wonder about possible duplication of effort.What do our readers think? Which idea will get your vote, and why? Let us know in the comments! Last year on its tenth birthday, Google announced its Project 10^100, a call for unique ideas to help as many people as possible.In the 12 months between then and now, the company has fielded around 150,000 submissions in 25 languages; the ideas were reviewed by around 3,000 employees around the world. Now Google is asking the public to vote on which of the final 16 “big ideas” are worthy of being implemented. From better banking to landmine removal to real-time news and disaster reporting, the ideas are broad in scope and ambitious in the problems they address – just the sort of problems that Google enjoys tackling.Users’ votes will be used to guide Google’s advisory board, which will choose up to five projects to receive funding. Google will then launch an RFP (Request for Proposal) process to find organizations to implement those ideas.Here’s some background info on the project: jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Green Police: Product Retrospective

first_imgFor several years in the 2000s and early 2010s, I was half of the “Green Police,” a video series produced by Hanley Wood, along with green remodeler Michael Anschel of OA Design+Build+Architecture in Minneapolis, MN. The short “Green Police” videos included reviews of various green building materials, systems, and programs, and some recordings of a presentation we gave at ACI (Now known as the National Home Performance Conference) in Austin, Texas. We had a lot of fun, ran across some interesting products, learned a few things, and hopefully entertained some people in the process. Like all good things, the “Green Police” series eventually had to come to an end, and was ultimately discontinued (although we still come together for conferences and trainings).Michael and I sat down recently and re-watched our videos. While some are better than others, we feel like we shared some interesting technologies and our honest—sometimes maybe too honest—opinions on what we found. We have realized that experience and maturity (in my case, at least) has led us to reconsider some of the products we reviewed. Some of our predictions were on point, some were dead wrong, and many things we liked are either no longer on the market or have still not gained significant traction after almost a decade.Still fussing and fighting, we are happy to share our updates along with some of the original videos so you can see just how right and wrong we were.Some products are dead and goneWe really liked Calstar, a masonry product that was supposed to be less expensive and produce less carbon than typical brick and block production. Unfortunately, the company did not succeed and closed up shop in 2015. Verdict: We were right, but the market didn’t agree with us.Perennial Wood was a winner too–acetylated yellow pine provided incredible resistance from rot, warping, splitting, expansion, and contraction with no toxic chemicals. And it smells like pickles!  Available in tongue and groove decking, rails and pickets, and solid stock, I used it on two screened porches with great success. It provides the traditional look of a wood porch floor without any of the durability issues. After over 6 years, my porch has no evidence of any movement or deterioration, something that can’t be said for any other wood product. While the cladding held up, the stain released from the decking. Turns out since it has no real porosity, stain can’t grab the surface, but a latex paint (which forms a film on the surface) works fine. Unfortunately, it was not a financial success and was taken off the market. Verdict: We were right again, but the marketing was off.In the early 2010s, phase change materials were looking like the next big thing. They were expected to reduce energy bills by as much as 40%. The concept is simple–when the building warms up, the material absorbs the heat and turns from a solid to a liquid, then later, when the heat is needed, the material solidifies, rejecting the heat into the living space. Thermal Core Phase changing drywall was designed to replace heavy thermal mass materials such as concrete, or to go way back, Trombe Walls (those tubes of water people used in early passive solar designs). We were skeptical for a variety of reasons, and unfortunately, it does not seem to have survived. BASF was involved in the development of Thermal Core, however they divested from it in 2017 and it seems to have disappeared. Verdict: We were skeptical and so was the market—Point to the Green Police.Some products are (sort of) still aroundNanogel, sold commercially as Aerogel, is another interesting technology. A super insulating material with a value of R-20 per inch, it can be used inside translucent glazing materials such as Kalwall. With this level of insulation, it is possible to have a completely translucent high efficiency wall structure, although adoption has been limited, especially in residential construction. Verdict: The jury is still out. We like it but it hasn’t been fully embraced or rejected by the market.Heat Mirror (review starts at 1:40 in video above) was a promising low-e window film, installed inside insulated glazing to create essentially triple glazing without the extra weight of the third layer of glass, reaching R values of up to 20. Unfortunately, the film was not durable, and stories of early failures appeared to doom the product, although it does have some life. Alpen windows has it on their website but it does not appear that it is available in any standard products. Verdict: We liked it, but it wasn’t a viable technology. Green Police – Chumps!Final Score: Green Police: 1  Market: 3  Product fail: 1That wraps up our first recap of our short career as YouTube stars. Coming up in future posts: our evolving opinions on heat pump water heaters, mineral wool, foam insulation, and plumbing fixtures. And you might get to see me murder Michael in the Roxul (Now Rockwool) booth at the Builders Show.-Carl Seville is a green builder, educator, and consultant on sustainability to the residential construction industry. After a 25-year career in the remodeling industry, he and a partner founded a company, SK Collaborative. Photos courtesy of the author.last_img read more