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recycled batteries as art – dead star


Canadian artist  Michael de Broin has transformed a colorful collection of deceased batteries into a hedgehog-shaped orb he calls ‘Dead Star.’  The sculpture is currently on view at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in NYC as part of the “Untethered” show which opened last Thursday and runs until October 25th.


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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

5 diverse sources of biofuel

It’s amazing some of the sources of biofuel researchers have found in recent years.  Sources range from corn stalks, to used tires, manure, and even human fat.  Among the various selections, the following five sources of biofuel have shown promising potential.

Whey (cheese waste)
An interesting source of biofuel is cheese waste product – whey. DuBay Ingredients LLC, a Wisconsin company, has developed a twenty-six step process that converts whey permeate into ethanol. The process requires approximately one hundred gallons of whey (the residue remaining from milk in the cheese making process) to generate ten gallons of ethanol fuel. By using whey as a source of biofuel, dairy companies can greatly reduce their disposal costs of cheese waste. Waste is generally either shipped overseas for disposal, or disposed on location, which poses an environmental risk. DuBay, thus, can greatly reduce the costs and environmental hazard of whey management.


New Cyanobacteria
Professor R. Malcolm Brown Jr. and Dr. David Nobles Jr. at the University of Texas, Austin, have created a new cyanobacteria that uses sunlight to secrete cellulose, glucose, and sucrose.  These sugars are the primary sources used to produce ethanol.  And, unlike other sources such as corn and algae, these sugars can be directly and repeatedly harvested from the cyanobacteria without any harm to the organism.  Corn and algae require destroying the organism and using enzymes to break down and extract these sugars, which is a costly process.  As with many new sources of biofuel, another benefit is the reduced need for arable land to grow biofuel sources (unlike corn).  (more…)

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filthy farmgirl – soaps for living nakedly

I must say filthy farmgirl‘s name, tag line and retro graphics caught my attention so I had to soap-up and check them out, first-hand.  They grow and harvest many of their own herbs and spices, go out of their way to support local organic farmers, and create 100 percent natural and vegan friendly soaps without detergents, surfactants, sulfates, artificial scents, colorizers or petroleum products of any kind.


Filthy Farmgirl soap not only has down-home, wholesome ingredients and eco-friendly values, but boy, do they smell incredible!  The essential oils deliver a powerfully fresh and clean sensation —  yummy stuff.  Aside from a delicious array of scents for the ladies, there’s Mountain Man and Manly Man, as well as Muddy Puppy Dog to keep all farmhands (and feet) happy.  Having just returned to the house from lugging up-rooted 6-foot cattails into the woods, scrubbing my bod with their citrus ginger scent was sheer bliss. With 34 flavors to choose from, a generous size, and free shipping, they’re sure to please. $6./each or try the (smaller) bar 4-pack sampler for only $6.50

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a mixed bag of green news


  • I see unsettling parallels here…Study: Urban Bears Fatter, Die Younger – msnbc
  • I love birds, I like wind turbines…Farmland Birds Still Chirpy Despite Wind Turbines – new scientist
  • Greenpeace Ranks Nokia at Top of Electronics Guide – enn/earth 911
  • It’s good to be king. Justin Timberlake to Open Eco-Friendly Golf Course in Tenn. – ecorazzi
  • This survey has good news and bad news for Prius owners…Prius Owners: Just Like Mac Owners But Less Attractive? – cognitive daily
  • Battle Over EU Emissions Takes Greener Path – reuters
  • I’m trying to picture them in tiny horned helmets…’Viking Mouse’ Invasion Tracked – bbc
  • (Update: links removed)
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