The top ten posts of the week on TreeHugger, from cozy cows to keeping calm

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This was a week of some controversy at TreeHugger as we cover some touchy subjects, from vaccination to how you put solar panels on your roof.

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10. Vaccine refusals are creating whooping cough epidemics

Well, to nobody's surprise, this post caused a stir. Hundreds of comments on Facebook and many here, telling poor Katherine to do her homework, that it is full of misinformation and fear-mongering. We lost a few readers over it.

We all looked at before it was posted and we stand behind it. More: Vaccine refusals are creating whooping cough epidemics

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9. Turn an old laptop screen into a stand alone monitor

Well, no controversy here! This looks like a great way to reuse that old laptop computer sitting in the closet. Just be careful and I SAID DON'T TOUCH THE CIRCUIT!

more: Turn an old laptop screen into a stand alone monitor

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8. Peecycling will fertilize the green roofs of Amsterdam

What a world, where we flush such valuable stuff down the toilet after centuries of using it as fertilizer and call it progress. We should all be selling our pee instead of paying taxes and water bills to flush it away.

More: Peecycling will fertilize the green roofs of Amsterdam

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7. Is this the toilet of the future?

Do we seem preoccupied with poop and pee sometimes? Well yes we are, because it is such an important issue. A third of the world doesn't have access to a toilet and two thirds of the world have crappy ones that don't work very well. Here is an attempt by students at University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins school, at making a better one.

More: Is this the toilet of the future?

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6. How not to get killed on your bike: an infographic

We don't show a lot of infographics on TreeHugger, since they are mostly graphics without a lot of info. However this one was timely (a week where a lot of cyclists got killed) and dense with good information.

More: How not to get killed on your bike: an infographic


5. 5 steps to calm your mind and increase creativity

Charles Dickens was devoted to long daily walks, even in the depths of winter. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ideas came to him while wandering in the forest. Henry Thoreau sat in his rocking chair to think. These creative men understood something about their brains that science has only recently explained – that mental work can be aided by our physical practices.

More: 5 steps to calm your mind and increase creativity

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4. Micro-community of tiny homes flourishes on rehabilitated vacant lot

Tiny houses are big these days, but people often find that there is nowhere to put them. It is also true that unless you are a hermit, you need to be part of a community. Here is a look at a micro-village that works.

More: Micro-community of tiny homes flourishes on rehabilitated vacant lot

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3. Would you send your child to daycare in the forest?

They do in Europe.

Imagine if we took a lesson from the popular “forest kindergartens” of Scandinavia and northern Europe, where toddlers and preschool-aged kids spend all day outdoors, learning that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”

More: Would you send your child to daycare in the forest?

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2. Doh! Most solar panels are facing the wrong way, new study shows

Getting the most out of solar panels might seem easy, but it isn't.

You can say that about just about anything; there are choices that are made depending on circumstances. But it appears that solar panel placement is almost as controversial as vaccination.

More: Doh! Most solar panels are facing the wrong way, new study shows

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1. Reminder: As days get colder animals are attracted to the warmth of cars...

Really, it is a silly little post, barely more than a tweet, but it's fun and the most popular post of the week. There you go.

More: Reminder: As days get colder animals are attracted to the warmth of cars...

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