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Dateline looks inside national network of air duct cleaning scams

You've probably seen the ads in the newspaper or in your mailbox: a huge, frightening-looking dust mite accompanied by warnings that your health could suffer from dirty, moldy air ducts. But have no fear: for a low price, like $49.95, you can have them cleaned - you might even get a 10 percent discount if you're a senior citizen … For more visit: Full Article

May 6, 2010 7:13 pm US/Eastern
Mold Spores Proliferating after Record Floods

Mold remediation companies such as PowerBees are busier than they've been in years, flooded with calls from homeowners inundated by record rains in March, the costliest natural disaster ever in Massachusetts. … For more visit: Full Article

March 30, 2010
As waters rise, state gets federal aid

The third heavy storm of this month's massive rains prompted Governor Deval Patrick to declare a state of emergency yesterday for the second time in March and activate National Guard units to stem the damage of more flooding in the waterlogged state. … For more visit: Full Article

Mar 16, 2010 6:52 pm US/Eastern
Lexington Basements Flooded, Some With Sewage

LEXINGTON (WBZ) ― Lexington town officials say they've had calls from about 400 residents with flooded basements and about 100 of them had sewage in their homes. … For more visit: Full Article

Jun 30, 2009 7:03 pm US/Eastern
Persistent Rain Leaves Behind Moldy Mess

BOSTON (WBZ) ― Recent rain in the Bay State is encouraging indoor growth of mold, which can pose significant health hazards. While the problem is expected to get worse, mold removal companies are already busy. … For more visit: Full Article

Solar power breakthrough at MIT! Advances in research could make current home power sources obsolete within the next decade.

Solar Panel Installation Researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have made an energy storage breakthrough that could transform solar power from an alternative energy source to a conventional source. The university is calling the solar project a major advancement in energy research.

Sunlight has the greatest potential of any power source to solve the world's energy problems. In one hour, enough sunlight strikes the Earth to provide the entire planet's energy needs for one year. The problem, however, is how best to harness that energy. The research at MIT is a significant move forward in generating clean, carbon-free energy on a massive scale.

Within 10 years, it is possible that people will no longer power their homes using electricity-by-wire from a central source. Instead, homeowners will be able to power their homes with solar power during daylight hours and use this new energy-storage method for electricity at night. The problem with using solar power has been figuring out an inexpensive way to store the sun's energy for those times when the sun isn't shining. Although it could be done, the cost is prohibitive with current technologies.

Taking a page from photosynthesis in plant life, Daniel Norcera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at MIT and Matthew Kanan, a postdoctoral fellow in Nocera's lab, came up with a process that uses the energy from the sun to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases. Later, when it's needed, the gases can be combined inside a fuel cell. That combination creates carbon-free electricity that can be used to power an office building, a home or even an electric car — whether the sun is shining or not. The process uses natural materials, is inexpensive to conduct and is easy to set up.

Wind Energy

Wind Turbine Installation
To help meet America's increasing energy needs while protecting our Nation's energy security and environment, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working with wind industry partners to develop clean, domestic, innovative wind energy technologies that can compete with conventional fuel sources. DOE's Wind Energy Program efforts have culminated in some of industry's leading products today and have contributed to record-breaking industry growth.

The following links will provide you with more information about wind energy and the Wind Energy Program's research and development efforts.

Selected Wind Energy Topics

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy comes from the heat in the Earth's core. The heat is used to evaporate a liquid which goes through turbines as it rises, generating electricity. The geological locations where the geothermal heat is easily available are limited and subject to change, but geothermal is a free and environmentally sound source of electricity. Geothermal can also be used for home heating, in which pipes are put into the ground which circulate a liquid that captures heat or cold from the ground and distributes it through the home. Geothermal heating systems for buildings are becoming popular.