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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Even supercomputers are going green, competing for energy-efficiency honours

Even supercomputers are going green, competing for energy-efficiency honours

Upon learning that a pair of NVIDIA-powered supercomputers had taken the top two spots on the Green500 list, published today, making them the two most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world, we wondered what that meant. The two supercomputers, it turns out, are powered by NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU accelerators, and the first-place winner, called Eurora,… Continue Reading

Renewable energy will surpass natural gas, nuclear in 5 years: report

Renewable energy will surpass natural gas, nuclear in 5 years: report

[highlight]International Energy Agency report forecasts hydro, wind and solar will provide 25 per cent of world’s electricity[/highlight] The generation of power from hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources will exceed that from natural gas and double the output from nuclear by 2016. The International Energy Agency reported yesterday at a conference in New York… Continue Reading

Tips for decorating your balcony for the summer

Tips for decorating your balcony for the summer

Maybe you don’t use your balcony—apparently most people don’t. And that’s a shame, especially now that summer is here. The balcony can be such a wonderful extension of the living space. With just a little imagination, you can turn that bland concrete and glass strip into something really special. The basic requirements for any balcony… Continue Reading

City trees clean the air and save lives: study

City trees clean the air and save lives: study

Everyone “knows” in a general sort of way that trees and other plants are good for the environment, especially dense urban environments like Toronto. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and give back oxygen, which we breathe. It’s absolutely fundamental: we couldn’t live without them. But trees do more than just pump out oxygen, and now, for… Continue Reading

Moderation, slight growth ahead for new housing starts in Canada

Moderation, slight growth ahead for new housing starts in Canada

The pace of new homebuilding in Canada will pick up later this year and even more so next year, says the country’s national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Total housing starts for the year 2013 will be lower in all provinces than in 2012, but CMHC predicts that they will trend “slightly higher”… Continue Reading

Development charges on new construction could double in Toronto

Development charges on new construction could double in Toronto

Last month, Metrolinx, the crown agency that oversees transit in the GTA, proposed a relatively modest 15 per cent increase in development charges as one of its “revenue tools” for funding transit expansion in the region. That increase would bring in an additional $100 million, the Metrolinx report said. The building industry was quick to… Continue Reading

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