Monthly Archives:November 2009

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Artificial, Engineered Soggy Meat Grown in Netherlands Lab

Engineered food has just taken another move towards science fiction:  artificial meat.  Researchers in the Netherlands have grown what they describe as “soggy pork” in a laboratory and believe it will be available for human consumption in about five years.   The artificial meat was grown from the live muscle tissue of a pig.

November 30th

New Silicon-Air Battery to Have Unlimited Shelf Life

Non-stop power from a battery with unlimited shelf life. Sounds like a pipe dream, right? Maybe not. Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed an eco-friendly silicon-air battery capable of powering devices for thousands of hours before replacement. The batteries are created from silicon and oxygen, are lightweight, and have a high tolerance […]

November 29th

BPA Connected to Erectile Dysfunction

You’ve seen the commericials on television for various drugs designed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), and a growing pharmaceutical industry has evolved from this male sexual problem closely associated with aging. But is growing older really to blame for ED? Not entirely, according to a new study that found Bisphenol-A (BPA) exposure is linked to […]

November 27th

US Biodiesel Production Reaches Commercial Scale Thanks to Tax Incentives

Enacted in 2004, the current biodiesel tax incentive program helps make the fuel competitive with petroleum based diesel. Unfortunately, the current incentive program will expire on December 31, 2009 at a time when “U.S. biodiesel production has reached commercial scale, and the nation has realized the job creation, environmental and energy security benefits that come […]

November 25th

Ethanol Yields Increased 20% by Soaking Corn First

Ethanol production has its detractors in those who point out the inefficiencies of the process and the use of agricultural land and water involved, but a new process may help to change some of that. Soaking the kernels of corn before grinding them in ethanol production results in more ethanol and usable co-products – about […]

November 16th

$1 Million in EPA Grants Available For Environmental Justice

It can be challenging enough for each of us to learn and implement ways to live a greener lives on our own, but an even more challenging task is doing something that affects your whole community. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to help. The organization is currently accepting applications for community-focused projects aimed […]

November 14th

Golf Balls Take 1000 Years to Decompose

Golf is a popular leisure sport in the United States and Europe among the middle and upper class.  Golf courses are often criticized by environmentalists for their use of water, fertilizers, and pesticides.  Sure, golf carts are electric vehicles; however, “The extensive use of pesticides on golf courses raises serious questions about people’s toxic exposure, […]

November 13th

457 Different Chemicals Released into Air by School Cleaning Supplies

A new study by Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that the typical variety of cleaning products used in schools released 457 different chemicals into the air. The environmental health watchdog says that these common cleaning supplies can expose our children to chemicals which have been linked to health problems such as cancer and asthma. According […]

November 12th

Was UK Man Fired for Belief in Climate Change?

Tim Nicholson, former Director of Sustainability at UK real estate firm Grainger PLC, is suing his former employer, charging that they discriminated against him because of his belief in climate change. According to reports, the rift between Nicholson and Grainger management began when Rupert Dickenson, chief executive at Grainger, left his Blackberry in the office […]

November 11th