Rising Temperatures & Persistent Drought Threaten to Create a Second Dust Bowl


Rising temperatures, persistent drought, and depleted aquifers could set the stage for a second Dust Bowl, a period of drought and dust storms that affected the prairies in the USA and Canada during the 1930s.

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Lightsaber Umbrellas for the Dry Side of the Force

If you think that Mother Nature is impressed by the Dark Side, you’d be wrong – because just like anyone else, the Dark Lord of the Sith still probably got drenched in torrential downpours, unless he uses his telekinetic abilities to shield him. This Darth Vader lightsaber umbrella looks pretty solid and while it won’t Force Push the rain away, it would probably keep you (or Vader) nice and dry.

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How Mosquitoes Manage to Fly in the Rain


Mosquitoes are able to fly adeptly during a rainstorm as well as under clear skies, but how do they manage that feat? Since mosquitoes weigh 50 times less than raindrops, shouldn’t they be crushed by the rain? David Hu has discovered otherwise.

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Backpack Umbrella Keeps Hands Free While Keeping You Dry

Are you the kind of person who fumbles around with an umbrella when it starts to rain? Check out this convenient backpack, which will hold your umbrella while keeping both your hands free. Best idea ever, or slightly cheesy?


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The Best in Umbrella Technology

052411techumbrellas.jpgFrom our experience, umbrellas haven’t really changed much over the years. It’s only recently that tech features have started to seep its way into umbrella designs. Thanks to science and technology, a new crop of expensive umbrellas not only keep you dry, but can offer additional features in foul weather…

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Thanko Fanbrella: Cheaper and Cooler

The first time I heard about fanbrellas was a short while ago, and I guess they make sense in very humid and wet climates. It didn’t take Thanko long to announce their version of the Fanbrella. Even though it’s cheaper, it actually looks somewhat sturdier than the one we mentioned before.

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Technology To Help Get Through a Rainy Day

051611_rg_RainTech_00.jpgIt’s spring time and that means the occasional (or more than occasional) rainstorm. We’ve been battling the rain on and off for about two weeks now, and although it looks like there’s hope on the horizon, we’re still proponents of being ready for foul, wet weather. There are many things that you can do to take advantage of the rain, and it doesn’t need to dampen your day if you come prepared…

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Extreme Temperature Differentials & Coffee

Today, we went to the zoo. I was expecting rain, so I dressed accordingly. My morning walk with Spike showed me that it was a lot chillier than yesterday, when temps were up to 30˚C. Today, when I walked the dog in the evening, the temperature was down to 14˚C.

It basically went from being summer in Taipei to fall in a day. Now that’s something. Plus, we’ve been having all of this crappy rain. Forecasts show rain for every day of this week. I wore my Arc’Teryx Alpha SV jacket today over a breathable t-shirt and was very comfortable. When the wind started, I zipped it up and the hardshell protected me very well. I couldn’t say the same for some of the kids, who were wearing t-shirts and shorts, and throwaway raincoats a step above plastic bags.

This morning, I made myself some sandwiches for lunch, and they were pretty good. However, the ice latte that I had was a bit much. It was pretty strong, and I had trouble taking a nap after I came home from work. That’s why I usually only drink coffee after my nap. Speaking of coffee, I bought a coffee bean grinder from Carrefour. It was a stainless steel model from Electrolux, but that’s all they had and it grinds only 50-75g each time. I ground up 150g for this week, and spilled some precious Blue Jamaican coffee all over the place. Well, it wasn’t too bad, but I swept it up because I didn’t want the pets to get high on coffee.

Keeping Your Precious Tech Dry In Torrential Downpours

102510_rg_KeepTechDry_01.jpgWhen you lug around your tech daily, it’s safe to say that at some point in time, you’ll be carrying it while it rains. There are good ways and bad ways to keep your tech dry, and here are a few ideas that we’ve come up with that we’ve been using for a while. Read on to find out more.

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Automatic Ambient Umbrella Knows If Its Going to Rain Before You Do

This awesome piece of umbrella-technology is kind of like a divining rod for rain! It knows when it’s going to rain before you do!

Ambient Umbrella is smart and WiFi enabled