SMART FAUCET? ... From stoves to thermostats, just about everything but the kitchen sink has received a "smart" upgrade to help homeowners save resources and time. But Stanford researchers recently released the results of an experiment that gave the humble faucet the smart treatment, or at least emulated it. According to Stanford News, the experiment aimed to discover whether using a smart faucet would help people reduce the amount of water they used while washing dishes by adapting to a washer's personal preferences (much like a smart thermostat "learns" to adjust climate control systems according to residents' behavior). The experiment asked participants to wash dishes three times, with a graduate student secretly controlling water temperature and flow during the second time only, mimicking the action of a smart faucet. Participants used 26% less water during the second "controlled" washing, and in the third washing, though there was no one controlling the faucet, still used 10% less water compared to the first round. Learn more about the experiment at news.stanford.edu/
WILDLIFE IN THE GARDEN ... Ensure that your garden that has both flora and fauna with a class on Sept. 7, 9:30-11 a.m. at Gamble Garden that explores how to draw wildlife to your garden — particularly pollinators. Gamble Garden Director Richard Hayden, who leads the class, will share first-hand knowledge from managing a 3.5-acre wildlife habitat garden at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This class is offered jointly with the City of Palo Alto. Class fee is $25 for Palo Alto residents and $35 for nonresidents; registration required. Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. For more information, call 650-329-1356 or visit gamblegarden.org.
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