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  • Cybersecurity is rapidly becoming a clown show
    Cybersecurity is rapidly becoming a clown show
    The annual Black Hat Cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas, which concluded yesterday, is like going to a circus with at least five rings, all performing simultaneously. You don’t know which one to watch, but you can tell from the mix of...
  • Baby Blue Jay
    What to do when you find a baby bird out of the nest...
    I wish I had of thought of doing this article earlier in the season but the information will still be useful. It's that time of year, everything is in bloom and there are lots of new animals being born. Earlier this week I was letting my cat...
  • Bird nest fire hazards in direct vent gas fireplace vents
    Bird nest fire hazards in direct vent gas fireplace vents
    Five homeowners in the greater Kansas City area narrowly escaped house fires due to bird nests built on and in vent covers for their gas direct-vent fireplaces recently. A local chimney sweep found the nests during routine annual service of the...
  • Chimney inspector finds fire hazard in gas fireplace vent
    Chimney inspector finds fire hazard in gas fireplace vent
    A local chimney inspector found a severe fire hazard at a home at the 6000 block of West 102nd Court in Overland Park, Kansas on Monday, March 10, 2014 during a routing annual inspection. The inspector, Gene Padgitt of HearthMasters, Inc. said...
  • Bird nests in or around chimneys a fire risk
    Bird nests in or around chimneys a fire risk
    On Monday, February 10, 2013 a local professional chimney sweep found a nest that was built between chimney pipe and the wood chimney chase for a manufactured fireplace in Kansas City, Missouri. The nest and wood was charred, which means that the...
  • Google buys Nest for $3.2B
    Google buys Nest for $3.2B, inching closer to thinking home
    Google is set to shell out $3.2 billion in cash for the trend-setting Nest Labs and its smart homes products.In terms of the day to day at Nest, the projections are that little will change. CEO Tony Fadell will continue to run the company, for...
  • Protect Your Nest with the Nest Protector
    Protect Your Nest with the Nest Protector
    First off, hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. With that said, the holidays coming to a close and there is one thing that does not end which is home safety. There are many different dangers inside the home that must be avoided and there are...
  • Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector miles ahead of the competition
    Nest Protect: the best smoke detector you never wanted to kill with a broom
    In case you're not up on the latest and greatest in home thermostat technology, you may not be familiar with Nest. They're the company who created what is probably both the smartest and most user-friendly home thermostat system on the...
  • The Nest Learning Thermostat Review - A smart thermostat to get excited about! (Photos)
    The Nest Learning Thermostat Review - A smart thermostat to get excited about! (Photos)
    I think it has been established that I love technology. I get excited witnessing advances that make my life easier, save me money, or otherwise enhance some existing process. That being said, I never thought I would get excited about a thermostat....
  • Killdeer Fledglings
    Killdeer parents deserve an Oscar
    The best acting jobs are not always in seasonal blockbusters on the silver screen. Late spring and early summer is a great time to catch some five-star performances by casts of unknowns during the mating, breeding and nesting routines of Allentown...
  • Blue Jay
    Pittsburgh Area Wildlife: Blue Jay
    All around Pittsburgh there is a wide variety of birds that occupy the yards, woods and parks. One of the most common is the Blue Jay. The name comes from its habit of being very noisy and talkative. Some people refer to this bird as a &ldquo...
  • Great Blue Herons and nests
    Great Blue Herons in Montana
    Western Montana is fortunate to have Great Blue Herons in the Big Sky Country year-round. A great viewing area is the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge just 30 miles south of Missoula. No other heron in Montana is the size or color of the Great...
  • Great Blue Herron
    Pittsburgh Area Wildlife: Great Blue Heron
    Seen on ponds and streams around the Pittsburgh area is the magnificent bird known as the great blue heron. It stands up to four feet high and has a wing span of 6 feet. It is the largest of the heron breed in North America and hunts and flies...