How to have a Green Christmas Each year, 50 million Christmas trees are purchased in the U.S. Of those, about 30 million go to the landfill. And added to this is the carbon cost in transporting all these trees to the landfill. Much of the environmental costs associated with the holidays can be reduced by simple awareness and some pre-planning. • Reuse or recycle gift packing materials Bubble wrap can be stored for reuse, or recycled. Foam packing chips are not as easily recycled; if you don't want to store this material for reuse, take it to a shipping center like Mailboxes. etc, who will accept it for their own use. Note: Never burn Christmas tree branches in your fireplace.
Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don't Fire Us? Smart machines probably won't kill us all—but they'll definitely take our jobs, and sooner than you think. Illustrations by Roberto Parada This is a story about the future. Not the unhappy future, the one where climate change turns the planet into a cinder or we all die in a global nuclear war. This is the happy version. The result is paradise. Maybe you think I'm pulling your leg here. But they're not. What do we do over the next few decades as robots become steadily more capable and steadily begin taking away all our jobs? Suppose it's 1940 and Lake Michigan has (somehow) been emptied. By 1950, you have added around a gallon of water. At this point it's been 30 years, and even though 16,000 gallons is a fair amount of water, it's nothing compared to the size of Lake Michigan. So let's skip all the way ahead to 2000. But wait. IF YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF BACKGROUND in computers, you've already figured out that I didn't pick these numbers out of a hat. And that's exactly where we are.
Future Shock Term Toffler argued that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a "super-industrial society". This change overwhelms people. He believed the accelerated rate of technological and social change left people disconnected and suffering from "shattering stress and disorientation"—future shocked. In the introduction to an essay entitled "Future Shlock" in his book, Conscientious Objections, Neil Postman wrote: "Sometime about the middle of 1963, my colleague Charles Weingartner and I delivered in tandem an address to the National Council of Teachers of English. Development of society and production Alvin Toffler distinguished three stages in development of society and production: Agrarian, Industrial and Post-industrial. The first stage began in the period of the Neolithic Era when people invented agriculture therefore people passed from barbarity to a civilization. Fear of the future A generic, disposable lighter.
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Sci-Fi-Nano-Future-Blog By examining decades’ worth of stored bacteria samples, researchers have determined how a benign organism evolved into a deadly pathogen that causes necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria disease. Using genetic sequences from more than 3,600 strains of bacteria, scientists were able to see that it took only four steps to create the unusual microbe that spreads rapidly and destroys the body’s soft tissue. Their report was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Necrotizing fasciitis is caused by several types of bacteria, most commonly group A Streptococcus. (See images of Streptococcus and other microbes in the “Small, Small World” photo gallery.) An international group of researchers sequenced the genomes of group A strep bacteria in samples that had been collected from as early as the 1920s. A Long Search for Answers Jacqueline Roemmele was one such unlucky person. The new discovery “is very exciting,” Roemmele said.
L'Observatoire des Tendances How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land? | One Block Off the Grid: The Smart New Way to Go Solar posted by Dave Llorens on January 4th, 2011 What’s One Block Off the Grid? One Block Off the Grid makes it easier and more affordable for homeowners to go solar by negotiating great solar deals on their behalf. Since 2008, One Block Off the Grid has hosted hundreds of deals on solar in over 40 U.S. states and helped thousands of homeowners go solar. We’ve been featured in dozens of publications and programs including The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today, Marketplace, Wired, and GOOD Magazine. By Dave Llorens
World's first lab-grown burger is eaten in London 5 August 2013Last updated at 15:50 ET Food critics give their verdict on the burger's taste and texture The world's first lab-grown burger has been cooked and eaten at a news conference in London. Scientists took cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle that they combined to make a patty. One food expert said it was "close to meat, but not that juicy" and another said it tasted like a real burger. Researchers say the technology could be a sustainable way of meeting what they say is a growing demand for meat. The burger was cooked by chef Richard McGeown, from Cornwall, and tasted by food critics Hanni Ruetzler and Josh Schonwald. Continue reading the main story Analysis Pallab GhoshScience correspondent, BBC News The world's population is continuing to increase and an ever greater proportion want to eat meat. And then of course there is the taste. "This is meat to me. Food writer Mr Schonwald said: "The mouthfeel is like meat.
The Great Debate Contributors: Matt Ridley The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves Matt Ridley turns from investigating human nature to investigating human progress. In The Rational Optimist Ridley offers a counterblast to the prevailing pessimism of our age, and proves, however much we like to think to the contrary, that things are getting better. Over 10,000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. The availability of almost everything a person could want or need has been going erratically upwards for 10,000 years and has rapidly accelerated over the last 200 years: calories; vitamins; clean water; machines; privacy; the means to travel faster than we can run, and the ability to communicate over longer distances than we can shout. In this original, optimistic book, Matt Ridley puts forward his surprisingly simple answer to how humans progress, arguing that we progress when we trade and we only really trade productively when we trust each other. Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code
UndergroundHouse : Underground House The Purpose of this Group is to bring together as much information as possible for the building of an Underground / Earth Sheltered (ES) House that will be Self Heating / Cooling, Off Grid & Food Self Sufficient. There are two main objections to ES houses, which is that they are Dark & Damp, I intend to overcome these by: 1. Building a Back Yard Patio, conceived by Mike Oehler, onto the rear of the house, allowing in natural light, with the advantage of deflecting water away & to the sides into the underground drains. & 2. Installing an Insulated Watershed Umbrella such as John Hait’s system of Passive Annual Heat Storage (PAHS). To be food Self Sufficient, an ‘underground’/ Earth Sheltered greenhouse (similar to Mike Oehler’s designs) can be built at the side of the house, here small scale aquaculture & hydroponics can be carried out. Electricity can be generated using Wind Turbines & Hot Water with Solar Panels, these can be made & maintained much cheaper than commercial alternatives.
Soybean Car World's first plastic car Plastic car frame patent 2,269,452 (February 13, 1942) Soybean car frame patent, Fig. 2 The Soybean car, more recently referred to as the Hemp body car, was a car build with agricultural plastic and was fueled with hemp combustible (oil or ethanol). Although the formula used to create the plasticized panels has been lost, it is conjectured that the first iteration of the body was made partially from soybeans and Hemp.[A] The body was lighter and therefore more fuel efficient than a normal metal body. It was made by Henry Ford's auto company in Dearborn, Michigan, and was introduced to public view on August 13, 1941. History Henry Ford first put Eugene Turenne Gregorie of his design department in charge of manufacturing. Because of World War II all US automobile production was curtailed considerably, and the plastic car experiment basically came to a halt. Reasoning for a plastic car Car ingredients Quotes 
Fracture numérique : 25% des Français n’ont pas accès à Internet L’Observatoire des Inégalités, organisme indépendant d’information et d’analyse sur les inégalités, a mis en ligne début mai 2012 un dossier sur la fracture numérique en France intitulé Technologies de l’information : des inégalités qui se réduisent avec des données, chiffrages et pourcentages issus du dernier rapport annuel du CREDOC : La diffusion des technologies de l’information et de la communication dans la société française (2011). L’organisme souligne des points-clés sur l’équipement et l’accès français à l’informatique, à l’Internet et aux outils connectés. Diminution des inégalités d’accès 85 % des Français possèdent un téléphone portable, 78 % ont un micro-ordinateur et 75 % sont équipés d’Internet à domicile. La situation s’améliore pour les populations les moins diplômées : entre 2001 et 2009, le taux d’accès à Internet à domicile a été multiplié par 6,8 passant de 8 à 54 % chez ceux qui ont un diplôme inférieur au bac. Des disparités persistantes Licence :
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