Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Apr17

Plastic from shrimp

Shrimp

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Petroleum is not just used in fuels— it is an integral part of a broad range of products that we use every day.  Common plastics are a prime example.  So, in order to get away from our dependence on oil, we need alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. (more…)

Apr16

Progress in artificial photosynthesis

Leaf Detail

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Artificial photosynthesis, the technology of converting sunlight into liquid fuels, would be the greenest of green technology if it can be done economically and on a large scale.  Plants store energy derived from the sun in the form of chemical bonds created by photosynthesis.   We would like to do the same thing in the laboratory. (more…)

Apr08

U.S. business goes solar

Solar Panels atop a Chula Vista, CA Walmart

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America’s largest companies are embracing solar technology in a big way.  As of the middle of 2013, there were nearly 33,000 commercial buildings in the US deploying solar technology totaling more than 3 gigawatts of generating capacity.  This represents an amazing 40% increase over last year. (more…)

Apr04

High tower decisions

warbler

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Each year, when migratory North American birds attempt their flight to Central and South America, more than seven million die in collisions with communications towers. Only house cats result in more human-induced bird deaths. (more…)

Apr02

Consider going DEET-free

DEET

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DEET, also known as N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, was developed during World War II to protect our troops during military operations in the tropical Pacific from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.  It undoubtedly saved thousands of lives.  At war’s end, it was commercialized for public use.  Countless families have slathered on DEET to ward off bugs on weekend picnics, camping trips, and nature walks. (more…)

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