Kids can get in on the green actionAs recycling becomes more popular at home, at the store, and at school, children have the chance to see firsthand how household items can be reused. Whether it's buying eco-friendly, reusable containers for lunchboxes, using cloth grocery bags at the market, or knowing which box is which for glass items and paper products in the classroom, kids have an opportunity to take part in recycling activities every day.
That doesn't mean their involvement has to stop there.
These four online resources for kids teach them why it's important to recycle while still engaging their interest with fun graphics and cool games. These sites are all kid-friendly yet informative, empowering children to take action on their own.
1. Recycle City
This kid-focused site from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency features a fictional town called Recycle City, where kids can explore different neighborhoods to see how they are reducing waste and using less energy.
Kids can click on the northeast corner, for
Blog Posts by Tecca
Kids can get in on the green actionAs recycling becomes more popular at home, at the store, and at school, children have the chance to see firsthand how household items can be reused. Whether it's buying eco-friendly, reusable containers for lunchboxes, using cloth grocery bags at the market, or knowing which box is which for glass items and paper products in the classroom, kids have an opportunity to take part in recycling activities every day.Read More »from How to Get Your Kids Interested in Recycling
- Tecca | Fashion – Fri, Feb 10, 2012 2:50 PM EST
Project Runway reruns may be as close as most of us will get to New York's glitzy week-long style extravaganza, but following Fashion Week online has never been easier - or more fun. The year's fall 2012 sartorial preview kicks off officially on Thursday, and the intersection of high tech and high fashion is more interesting than ever before.
Whether you're the tweeting sort, a Pinterest tastemaker, or a seasoned web-cruiser, this year's colorful social coverage will keep you up on the week's hottest new designers and collections. From livestreams to photoblogs and every tweet in between, read on to keep your finger on fashion's virtual pulse.
The best sites for essential Fashion Week info
- Hit the official online portal for Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
- The official events calendar will help you track the designers you care about
- Lucky enough to be in town? Why not talk your way into the week's hottest parties
- You can catch a livestream of some of the major shows via
- Tecca | Work + Money – Tue, Jan 31, 2012 5:49 PM EST
spies aren't the only ones who can send and receive self-destructing messages. A new web service called Burn Note can do just that, and you don't even have to deal with exploding electronics once the countdown is over.Fictional Read More »from Spy Mail: Burn Note Lets You Send Self-destructing Emails
Burn Note lets you send password-locked messages that automatically get deleted after a few seconds. Its creator, Jacob Robbins, told AllThingsD that the service doesn't even keep backup copies of your messages. Since it's not exactly an email service in and of itself, you still need an email address to use it.
After you've registered for an account and can start sending notes, you'll notice that you can change a few settings at the bottom. This includes the amount of time you want to give the recipient before the message disappears forever.
Robbins sees potential use for Burn Note as a plug-in for online banking facilities. But as U.S. law requires financial institutions to keep all types of records, he admits that those who have legal obligations to
- Tecca | Author Blog Posts – Mon, Jan 23, 2012 1:34 PM EST
This wine is aged with an extraterrestrial special ingredientRead More »from Space Wine is Aged with a 4.5 Billion Year Old Meteorite
Ian Hutcheon has always loved wines and astronomy, and "wanted to find some way of combining the two." Thus, Meteorito was created - a red wine made out of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes...and a bit of space.
A 4.5 billion year old meteorite rests at the bottom of the wine barrel for 12 months while it's undergoing malolactic fermentation, which is a process that softens the wine's tarty flavors. The 3" meteorite that actually belongs to an anonymous American collector came from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. "When you drink this wine, you are drinking elements from the birth of the solar system," Hutcheon said.
It's believed that the tiny space stone fell to earth some 6,000 years ago at the Atacama Desert in Chile. The idea behind Meteorito's creation, according to Hutcheon, is to give people the opportunity to be in contact with something from outside our planet. When asked how the meteorite actually affects the wine, he vaguely answered that it gives the liquor a
- Tecca | Work + Money – Fri, Jan 20, 2012 12:59 PM EST
ultrabook, a class of super-slim, considerably powerful notebook computers that are cut from the same cloth as Apple's MacBook Air. "Ultrabook" might not be a word you've heard before, but the idea is meant to inspire a category of laptop that is nearly as mobile as a tablet, but that doesn't sacrifice power for portability - the ultimate pitfall of the netbook.There's a whole new wave of gadgets right around the corner that you might not have even known you needed - until now, of course. Meet the Read More »from 5 Insanely Thin and Light Laptops that Are Coming Soon
Ultrabooks are on the way, but choosing between them won't be easy. Assuming you don't take the Mac route and opt for Apple's own offering, the members of this tidal wave of featherweight computers running Windows will share most of their features in common by definition. In fact, the term "ultrabook" is a trademarked term, owned by Intel. To qualify as an ultrabook, a notebook computer should hover around the $1,000 mark, be no more than .8" thick, weigh less than 3.1 lb., and boast a
- Tecca | Fashion – Fri, Jan 20, 2012 12:34 PM EST
Read More »from World's Most Expensive T-shirt is Studded with Rare Diamonds, Costs $400,000
If you're the kind of person who likes to lounge around your house or go about your work day wearing your favorite t-shirt, you know just how attached a person can become to a piece of clothing. Still, no matter what type of personal significance or sentimental value your shirt may hold, you probably wouldn't think twice about tossing it into your washing machine or dryer. That's something you definitely wouldn't want to do with this brand new shirt from Superlative Luxury - its staggering $400,000 price tag means hand-washing is a must, but we'd assume you can afford dry-cleaning.
Spending that amount of cash on something many of us leave crumpled on our bedroom floor might seem insane, but this isn't your run-of-the-mill tunic. The black cotton masterpiece is decorated with a total of 16 certified stones including 8 brilliant white diamonds and 8 exceedingly rare black diamonds, all of which weigh over one carat.
The design on the shirt itself is somewhat unremarkable, but the
HeadphonesRead More »from Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100
It's that time of year again - time to celebrate the holidays and give gifts to friends and loved ones. But with the economy in a pinch, things can be a little tight. While it's not always easy to find a bargain, especially in the tech world, we've rounded up 10 solid gifts that are sure to please... all for a Benjamin or less!
Livescribe Echo Smartpen 1. Livescribe Echo Smartpen
The Livescribe Echo Smartpen removes the hassle out of taking notes at meetings. This device uses special paper, starter pack included, to record your notes electronically. You can also record your meeting with a built-in audio recorder, search within your written document for words or phrases, and enhance the pen's features with apps.
Then, after the meeting, you can review your audio recording by playing it back through a built-in speaker. Later, when you get home, you can transfer your notes and audio recordings quickly and easily to your computer or mobile device using a standard micro-USB cable. This is one pen
- Tecca | At Home – Tue, Nov 29, 2011 6:59 PM EST
Read More »from Strange Security: Hackers Could Set Your Printer on Fire from a Distance
It takes a creative mind to turn an otherwise innocent gadget into a looming security threat, but what's a hacker if not exactly that? You might not be particularly concerned that your printer could spell your demise, but a research team at Columbia University has demonstrated that not only can vulnerable printers be hacked remotely to snag personal information like credit card and Social Security numbers - they could even be made to self destruct...literally.
The research team, helmed by Columbia Professor Salvatore Stolfo and student Ang Cui, demonstrated the design flaw in a number of models of LaserJet printer manufactured by Hewlett Packard. They showed how infiltrating a printer remotely and flooding it with commands could overheat the part of a printer that dries ink, causing it to smoke, melt down, and potentially even start a fire. In another test, the group swiped a Social Security number from a scanned document and auto-published it to a Twitter feed, all by controlling
- Tecca | Work + Money – Mon, Nov 28, 2011 4:58 PM EST
Photos from the waterlogged memory card helped identify owner
Just how tough is your average DSLR memory card? Apparently tough enough to survive a year at the bottom of the ocean. Naturalist and aspiring photographer Markus Thompson was scuba diving in Deep Bay near Vancouver, British Columbia, when he found a Canon EOS 1000D. Curious, he brought it to the surface and took ut the SD card, and was actually able to recover about 50 photos.
With a bounty of pictures and a desire to find the camera's owner, Thompson took to social networking for help. He posted his find to Google+, including pictures of the camera itself as well as the photos he was able to recover from the SD card. "Approximately 50 pictures on the card from a family vacation. If you know a fire fighter from British Columbia whose team won the Pacific Regional Firefit competition, has a lovely wife and (now) 2 year old daughter - let me know. I would love to get them their vacation photos," he posted.
The social network's hive mind then went to work. Details on just who theRead More »from Camera Lost at Sea Returned with the Help of Social Networking
- Tecca | Shine Food – Thu, Oct 27, 2011 3:31 PM EDT
Give your food a one-of-a-kind shine with edible spray paintThink of your favorite food. Right now you're probably imagining a tasty pizza, juicy piece of fruit, or lush salad, right? Now imagine it with a shiny coating of silver spray paint. Does it seem less appealing? The Deli Garage sure doesn't think so, and the company hopes you'll consider covering your cuisine with a can of its brand new edible spray paint called Food Finish.Read More »from Give your food a one-of-a-kind shine with edible spray paint
The spray is available in a variety of colors including red, black, gold, and silver - all of which are 100% edible. It contains just a few ingredients, including ethyl alcohol and numerous food colorings depending on the hue you prefer. The company promises that the spray is completely tasteless, and will do nothing but enhance the appearance of your dish.
We can think of a few practical uses for Food Finish, including decorating cookies for the holidays or covering a birthday cake with some one-of-a-kind flair, but the spray's creators don't want you to stop there. Instead, they suggest things like gold-plated