Heard this story on the radio and thought of boyfriends past who were SO into StarWars; perhaps they are still… It was all about the Rebel Forces, and how the Death Star pulled them in – but I digress…
“Sci-fi” references aside, this is genuine Tractor Beam Technology that is currently being explored by scientists in Australia. News has been released that physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) ‘have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach‘.
Here’s three takes on the subject:
P.S. I hear the surfing is great down under. Maybe you want to head off and join the Aussies to do some water research…
Did you ever deal with ‘toothy’ stuff… Braces? Fillings? Crowns? Implants? Root canal? A trip to the dentist is usually not looked forward to with much enthusiasm – more like trepidation. But – did you ever stop to think about the effects of our oral hygiene on the rest of the planet? Maybe Mother Earth is as frightened of the sound of a dentist’s drill as humans are – and possibly with good reason!
Dental Recycling International (DRI) announced that it has partnered with the Rwanda Dental Association. DRI provides education on and technology for dental waste recycling throughout the world, and will help the association to reduce the amount of mercury from dental amalgam entering the local environment. Take a look at related articles found linked at the bottom of the posting. There’s a great piece on amalgam alternatives, with credits to U Illinois, too.
And check out Dental Recycling International (DRI) while you’re at it!
There has been a lot of discussion about eco-friendly packaging. Part of the challenge is making it durable enough for transport, safe enough that it won’t affect the contents, and bio-degradable or otherwise recyclable. Kind of a tall order, isn’t it? Plus you want any package to be reasonably attractive to catch a buyer’s eye and make them drool over your product from the outside, before they actually use it, right?
Here are some notes from various sources about the ways that packaging is becoming more ‘green’- and the why’s behind this trend. Maybe you have some ideas of your own that you can bring to market and make a contribution in helping to cut down on landfill…links for the companies are within each article – perhaps your new career lies with one of these corporations!
“Consumers are increasingly expecting eco-friendly packaging, says SIG Combibloc, as it sets ‘ambitious targets’ to reduce its environmental impact”
And here’s an article about packaging problems you’ll want to avoid repeating…
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is now the biggest global environmental killer. Poor air quality can cause people to die early due to strokes, heart conditions, cancer, and other health issues and it’s taking a toll on our children.
University of California – Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering students have calculated that for the low cost of $5.00, your home could be transformed into a smog-eating house that could eliminate pollution-causing nitrogen oxides from the air just by sitting there. They have determined that a coating of titanium dioxide (TiO2) costing about $5.00 on a typical home’s roof would remove the nitrogen oxides emitted by a car driven 11,000 miles yearly. Read more…
Some cities around the world have also tackled this problem with air quality, using truly advanced technological solutions.
Wouldn’t it be a great to be on the leading edge of this revolution to clean our air!