How Ambius Spends Thanksgiving

Canary Wharf 17In recent years, there have been a lot of talk about the workers who have to go into their places of employment on Thanksgiving evening.

This debate is usually reserved for various retail outlets who have jumped on the bandwagon of getting an early start on Black Friday by opening Thanksgiving night.

Each year, the times businesses open seems to get earlier and earlier. Many employees have to shorten their holidays with their families or even miss it completely

Here at Ambius employees are also often working on Thanksgiving night, sometimes all night, and into Friday. Ambius colleagues design and install  holiday decorations for businesses of all kinds all across the country and around the world. Read More »

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Creating a Winter Garden

When winWinter Gardenbigtertime comes and all of the flowers that you planted in your garden have gone to sleep until spring – what can you do to keep that green thumb active?

Well, there are plenty of things that you can do to keep yourself active, keep the soil in your garden active, and help alleviate some of the winter doldrums. Read More »

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Why Do Plants Wilt?

Why do plants wilt?

Whether it’s outdoors or in a office, plants wilt in most situations because they’ve simply run out of available water. Water is constantly moving in a plant from the soil, into the roots up through the stems and out to the leaves.

Once water enters the leaves, most of the water (typically 95% or more) escapes through the leaves into the air through tiny holes in the leaves called stomata. This process is called transpiration and is somewhat similar to how we as people sweat.

You might think – is this 95% of water just wasted? Possibly, but it’s actually necessary. Read More »

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Botany Gone Bad: The History of the Deadly Nightshade Plant

Deadly Nightshade berries closeup.

The taste of horror: The berries of the deadly nightshade might taste sweet, but ingestion can be fatal.

The perennial herbaceous plant, Deadly Nightshade, has a very shadowy history, and its use by man throughout the centuries has been a harrowing tale of beauty, life, and death.

Deadly Nightshade is a part of the Solanacae family of flowering plants which includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and more, and can be found growing throughout most of the northern hemisphere. To the untrained eye, this perennial looks perfectly normal, but don’t be deceived, this is far from your average shrub.

During the Middle Ages, a beauty tonic made from the leaves and berries of the Deadly Nightshade was used by Venetian women to redden the pigment of their skin for a blush-like appearance. Read More »

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Taking the LEED – Green Design in the Modern Age

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LEED is helping to create greener communities and happier, healthier people through energy efficient buildings and sensible and compassionate design.

There has been a trend in recent years towards creating energy efficient and environmentally sustainable businesses. This includes everything from the way we use paper, to the low-energy lighting we install, to the design of the buildings that we inhabit.

All of this is part of a global initiative to redefine the way we think about the buildings we design — how they work, how they affect the people living and working in them, and the communities and environments in which they operate. Read More »

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