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 […]

Energy

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 […]

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 […]

The GMO debate, part 1

There has been an almost twenty year debate over the use of GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms in our food.  Although there has been no evidence shown that they are harmful, citizens are calling for the FDA to at least label these GMOs, so they can make informed decisions on what they eat. They believe […]

Free Online Fractal Course with the Fractal Foundation

Mission: We use the beauty of fractals to inspire interest in Science, Math and Art. Vision: is for a world of wonder and curiosity, a culture of scientific inquiry, an appreciation of the interconnections of natural systems and an understanding of their essential nonlinearity. We see a world where everyone is mathematically literate and has a […]

E-Scrap

Summary by Scott McHale Ever wonder what to do with your outdated laptop? Or what about that iPod that stopped working four years ago and is sitting in your desk drawer? This article discusses the implication of disposing of these devices that have met the end of their lives. The amount of these EOLs, or […]

E-Scrap

Summary by Scott McHale Ever wonder what to do with your outdated laptop? Or what about that iPod that stopped working four years ago and is sitting in your desk drawer? This article discusses the implication of disposing of these devices that have met the end of their lives. The amount of these EOLs, or […]

Clean Energy Funding

by Scott McHale Did you know that last year the Obama administration arranged more financing for clean energy than both Europe and Brazil?  The Federal Financing Bank completed 13 deals worth about 10 billion dollars.  One was with BrightSource Energy to build Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar thermal plant.  Government funding for clean energy also […]

Clean Energy Funding

Summary by Scott McHale   Did you know that last year the Obama administration arranged more financing for clean energy than both Europe and Brazil?  The Federal Financing Bank completed 13 deals worth about 10 billion dollars.  One was with BrightSource Energy to build Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar thermal plant.  Government funding for clean […]

Can Deodorant Cause Breast Cancer?

Summary by Scott McHale   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 […]