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October 2014

Bird Friendly Turbines - October 14, 2014
Wind turbines are a great source for alternative energy. They're less great, however, for birds. Annually in the U.S., about 40,000 birds have close encounters of the fatal kind with wind turbines -- including collisions, and electrocutions. ...

Pachyderms: Pint Sized Surprise - October 13, 2014
Today's creature feature is on a petite pachyderm that has dark gray to reddish brown skin and abundant hair that is finer and softer than a "normal" elephant. And, it stands only six to eight feet tall. But, don't let its size...

What’s In A Suriname? - October 10, 2014
And now a good news, bad news, good news story. First, the first good news. Surveys conducted in the northern Amazon nation of Suriname by Conservational International's Rapid Assessment Program recently identified 24 unknown species as we...

Green Roofs - October 9, 2014
Remember Carole King's song, "Up on the Roof"? You know... When this old world starts a getting me down And people are just too much for me to face I'll climb way up to the top of the stairs... ...and mow the lawn? I don&#...

New Tool May Help Save Endangered Plants - October 8, 2014
Unless you like plants, you might find them rather boring. After all, they don't seem to do much. And, they're not cute and cuddly. But in fact, they are of vital importance: They provide food and shelter for nearly all living things! Th...

Callendar Effect, Affects Change - October 7, 2014
Wouldn't it be great to have a freeway named after you, a galaxy - or, maybe a complex formula for calculating carbon dioxide's effect on climate change? Scientist Guy Stewart Callendar wrote a paper in 1938 titled "The Artificial P...

Biodegradable Car - October 6, 2014
Henry Ford had the right idea. Back in the early 1940s, he developed the world's first "bio-car." Actually, it was a prototype displayed once at a motor show in Dearborn, Michigan. The car's plastic panels were made from soy be...

More Power To Cattle - October 3, 2014
Attention feed lot operators. Panda Energy International in Hereford, Texas, wants your manure. But only the good stuff. What's the difference? Well, if you're using manure as fuel, it should contain less than sixty percent dirt and t...

Patent For Better Insulation - October 2, 2014
There's a fungus among us that could become a more environmentally-friendly way to weatherize your home, or business. Eben Bayer, a recent graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has patented a process for making insulation using: Mushro...

Take Home Box - October 1, 2014
Here's a home that's truly "outside the box" -- or inside, depending on where you stand. They're made out of recycled steel shipping containers. Yeah, and they're looking pretty good. Those big shipping containers you...

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