Scientists discover that GPS can measure how much water has disappeared from the West. It’s a bucketload.
Throughout the western United States, a network of Global Positioning System (GPS) stations has been monitoring tiny movements in the Earth…
Food Waste May Be Turned into Bioplastic
Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they have developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules.
Athanassia Athanassiou, Ilker Bayer and colleagues at the Italian Institute of Technology point out that plastic’s popularity is constantly growing. In 2012, its production reached 288 million tons worldwide, but its ubiquity comes at a cost. Synthetic plastics persist for hundreds or thousands of years while releasing toxic components with the potential to harm the environment and human health. Also, plastics are made out of petroleum, which is a nonrenewable source. The shift to more environmentally friendly bioplastics has been challenging and expensive. Athanassiou’s team wanted to find a simple, less costly way to make the transition.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/food-waste-may-be-turned-bioplastic
Asian Development Bank’s new climate infographic quantifies how south Asia economy will be hit by climate impacts.
I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.
Device Captures Solar Energy, Doesn’t Block View
A team of researchers at Michigan State Univ. has developed a new type of solar concentrator that, when placed over a window, creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window.
It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/device-captures-solar-energy-doesn%E2%80%99t-block-view
Shrimp is the #1 seafood in the USA. It is tasty, usually quite inexpensive, and is easily cooked and eaten. Unfortunately, such a craze for shrimp has created an environmental nightmare.
Americans currently consume over one billion pounds of shrimp every year,…
Yoga may be blissful, but it isn’t cheap! Depending on where you live, classes can run you an average of $15 to $20 a pop. Dropping $50 or more for yoga classes each week isn’t an option for everyone, but we can all benefit from a regular practice.
Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange — the second-most severe level.
The warning comes amid swarms of earthquakes that have taken place since Saturday in Bardabunga — a subglacial stratovolcano located under Iceland’s largest glacier. Roads nearby have been closed amid fears an eruption could lead to massive flooding.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/iceland-braces-possible-volcanic-eruption
Unanticipated economic benefits from the shale oil and gas boom could help offset the costs of substantially reducing the U.S.’s carbon footprint, Purdue agricultural economists say. Wally Tyner and Farzad Taheripour estimate that shale technologies annually provide an extra $302 billion to the…