Welcome Thom Heavey and the Veterans Service Programs

Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas R. Heavey Jr. Thomas Was born in 1980 and raised in Tacoma, WA.  Raised in a military family, he served his community leading projects with effects felt both locally and internationally with the Boy Scouts of America.  In 2001 Thomas married his high school sweetheart, A member of the U.S. […]

Isobutanol: A Boon for the Biofuel Industry

by Meg Hartley In the biofuel debate, cellulosic biofuels–alcohol produced from the breakdown of organic biomass–have taken precedence over the use of corn ethanol, because of the utilization of biowaste materials in their production. Recently, an isomer of butanol (isobutanol) has been created through the use of microbes to digest the plant material. This breakthrough […]


Here are some resources that are available for free to the public regarding some of the issues that we struggle with and strive to improve.  This is a beginning list, we will be constantly expanding this as we come across new information. We provide links to free articles, organizations, free journals, and then we have […]

The Union of Concerned Scientists Applauds Obama Administration Agreement on Fuel Efficiency & Auto Polution Standards

Statement by Michelle Robinson, Director, Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles Program WASHINGTON (July 29, 2011) –The Obama administration today unveiled an agreement with major automakers and the state of California on a framework to strengthen the nation’s fuel efficiency and auto pollution standards for new cars and light trucks. This proposal, which will apply […]

Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems

Report Details Economic Benefits of Farmers Markets and Other Local Food Outlets Download: Market Forces Executive Summary | Market Forces: Full Report As farmers market shoppers have long known, buying food directly from the people who grew it is a great way to add freshness and flavor to your table and more fruits and vegetables to […]

GMO Debate Part 3

This article from the New York Times describes how the GMO debate has reached a new level.  Angry organic farmers from around North America protested in from of a federal courtroom earlier this month, frustrated by no longer being able to keep GMO crops from spreading into their fields.  A recent decision from the FDA […]

Can Deodorant Cause Breast Cancer?

Have you ever wondered about the ingredients in the products you pick up at the drug store?  Women should be especially concerned. There are parabens, or chemical preservatives in many every day products including, shampoo, makeup, toothpaste, and underarm deodorant. A recent English study revealed parabens present in the breast tissue of  99% of the […]

Terminus: arctic adventures with ben shook

This is part 3 of a series with our friend ben shook.  This is a link to part one & part two. We’re coming up on ten P.M. in Iqaluqtutiaq, the old curfew, denoted with the air raid siren… my last evening bell for a while here, in the north.  I spent the day doing odds and ends, […]

How Things Work II arctic adventures with ben shook

Everything up here is frozen.  As I discussed over the summer, this makes for a curious architectural component: because the ground is frozen in the “summer,” everything is built up off the tundra.  In the event that someone puts in a large building (there are only a couple on this scale here), a very expensive […]

UCS Launches Center for Science and Democracy

In today’s hyper-partisan political environment, the public and decision makers often ignore independent science and technical analysis in favor of assertions from ideologues and thinly veiled spokespeople for powerful vested interests. This trend toward deliberate misinformation and neglect of science not only threatens the principles of transparency and accountability on which our democracy is based, […]