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    Homelessness is a problem everywhere, but those in Colorado are experiencing this issue at a different scale. Statistics show that the state just saw a 24 percent spike of homeless veterans, which has definitely alarmed some in the state. Denver is taking on the fight in a creative way by introducing a tiny village for homeless people.

    What are Tiny Homes?

    Tiny homes are high-efficiency homes that allow a person to live in a small area. This type of house is eco-friendly and usually does not take much money or time to build. It is quite popular among millennials as an alternative to buying a regular home. One of the reasons people love it is because it limits space, making those that dwell in these homes minimalists.

    The tiny homes that are going to be built in Denver will be completely off grid. This means solar panels will provide lights, power, and temperature control to each of the units.


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    With the Internet of Things becoming an integral part of everyday living, even the process of controlling energy consumption has entered the realm of connectivity. Cody Miller, an entrepreneur from Denver, turned this concept into reality through the Ion Smart Outlet. This handy energy saving device remotely controls electricity usage through a smartphone or electronic tablet. 

    The innovative device seeks to address standby power issues at home and at work. Homes and businesses unknowingly waste power every day. Plugged electronic devices, even when turned off, still siphon electricity from the grid. Even if that device looks blissfully resting in one corner, it may be quietly tugging through the electric meter. 


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    There’s no doubt that the look of a car greatly influences one’s decision to purchase a car. With the developments in new automobile technology, parts of the car, like the front grille seem rather useless and unnecessary. But with an aim to make cars look a lot nicer, companies and designers are now taking a new route and adding embellishments to cars in the form of LED lighting. 

    Unlike normal lights which are normally used in cars, LED lighting tends to last longer and is more power efficient, contributing to the overall performance of the car. In addition, LED lights tend to emit less heat than standard lights and also serve as a great source of a high power light. With the transition of cars to their electronic versions, cars nowadays are getting a more sleek and stylish look owing to the creative designs and structures that can be formed using LED lights.


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    Colorado's Winter Park Express put the ski train back in business, and that business is having a great run. Traveling between Denver and Winter Park Resort usually only on Saturdays and Sundays, the seasonal train service is often sold out. 

    The Amtrak ski train is a revival of a historic train service between Denver and Winter Park to the northwest. The renewed service began Jan. 7, 2017, and is scheduled to continue through March 26. More than 15,000 people had ridden the ski train by Feb. 14, which was about the midpoint of its planned trips for the ski season. The train can carry 554 passengers. 

    The original rail service connecting Denver and Winter Park, which sometimes is spelled Winterpark, started in 1912, and weekend journeys were added in 1940. In 2009, the service ended, partly because of financial reasons.


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    For anyone that has worked in an office or classroom with flickering florescent lights, results of the lighting can cause side effects that lower productivity and can make individuals' physically ill. A new environmental health study just released by Energy Focus, Inc. supports the need to exchange older lighting systems out for LED lighting that is flicker-free, green and just plain healthier to be around. Although the study looked at a number of factors affecting employee health and productivity, researchers discovered that 69% of workers complained most about health issues associated with elements of florescent lighting such as glare, brightness and excessive flickering.


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    LEDs are shedding light, so to speak on lighting enthusiasts who felt a little in the dark. Over the last ten years, the lighting industry offered long life, efficiency, and durability features. Research engineers from Princeton illuminated another LED lighting technology path.

    The refinement of crystalline light substances, called perovskites, are more efficient and have the potential to be a lower-cost alternative to LED lighting materials currently used. A technique developed by the researchers allows the nanoscale particles to self-assemble. The perovskite-based LEDs are more durable, stable, and efficient than their predecessors. 


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    Christmas is a magical time of the year; it is time when children get to see Santa, and the Denver Zoo's Zoo Lights offers this opportunity to kids. The Zoo Lights is presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores. Santa will be appearing at the Zoo's North Pole, which is presented by Bank of America. This jolly, old fluffy fellow is going to be leaving on December 23, but that does not mean that people will not be making that last effort to see him before he leaves. Those who attend the event will have access to holiday treats and a lot of Christmas-themed events that cannot be found anywhere else.


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    While winter for most people starts around the first of December, some people don't believe winter starts until Christmas is almost here. Actually, those who believe winter starts around Christmas are technically correct. The winter solstice is considered the beginning of winter itself. Here are some more facts about the winter solstice. 

    Winter and Summer
    While the Northern Hemisphere sees winter in December, the Southern Hemisphere is enjoying its summer solstice at the same time. Everywhere that it's winter, there's another part of the world celebrating summer.


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    With Christmas around the corner, retailers are all too keen to recognize their growing competition for seasonal shopping: Several chain department stores have closed locations; Hanjin's bankruptcy may affect when some products make it to stores; some consumers may only bite if they know they're getting a deal and e-commerce champions like Amazon are a constant factor.

    While all these factors seem dangerous to the retail sector, assessments by certain parties indicate good news. The National Retail Federation is expecting a 3.6% increase in sales in the last two months of the year, based on the trend that Christmas time retail sales have risen by more than 50% over the past 15 years; roughly one-fifth of yearly earnings. Furthermore, a study by PwC indicates this year's Christmas spending will reach its highest point since 2008.


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    We all know of the basic dangers and safety implications of our security in personal identity and online transactions. However, even with a relatively informed public, the scam artists seemingly always find ways to success. The Denver real estate market is the latest, and somewhat surprising area in which to be hit by modern scammer audacity.


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