ScienceShot: Green Eggs and Salamanders – ScienceNOW

“This is the first case of an algae living symbiotically within a vertebrate, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. How the photosynthesizing algae gets there, and how it survives inside the tissues and cells of this predominantly nocturnal amphibian is still baffling to scientists.” This is one cool […]

Book: The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi

This is one great book. It’s set a few hundred years in the future, long after the oil-fueled “Exapansion” (that would be the time we are living the end of, right up to “Peak oil”), and after the “Contraction” (the collapse of society as cheap energy runs out). The world of the Windup Girl is […]

Report: Current European Biofuel Policies ‘Unethical’ – ScienceInsider

“An E.U.-sponsored certification scheme should adhere to the following principles: * Biofuels development should not be at the expense of human rights * Biofuels should be environmentally sustainable * Biofuels should contribute to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions * Biofuels should adhere to fair-trade principles * Costs and benefits of biofuels should be distributed […]

Antarctic microbes live life to the extreme : Nature News

“You might not expect bacteria living in Antarctic ice to be well suited to life in a boiling kettle, but that is what Chilean scientists discovered during an expedition last year. The researchers have turned up more than 200 new species of microorganisms adapted to living in extreme environments.” This is a really cool report […]

ScienceShot: Toads Keep Their Brains Germ-Free – ScienceNOW

“By performing genetic analyses and mass spectrometry on ground-up toad brains, the researchers found 79 different antimicrobial peptides—the widest variety ever seen in the brain of any animal.” As antibiotics start to lose their efficacy, new sources and mechanisms of antimicrobials will have to be found, such as bacteriocins and these peptides from frogs. Bookmarked […]

Presentation: Product Stewardship – Lynne Pledger

In one panel, I got upset that all recycling talk was about the consumer and the waste management companies. I asked what about producer responsibility. To my surprise, I found out that there is very little Extended Producer Responsibility in the US. Having lived in Europe and worked at Nokia, I thought it was normal […]