Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Peace in the Middle East: Could Alternative Energy Be the Solution?

June 4th, 2008

I have been thinking about the situation in the Middle East and also the rise of oil prices, peak oil, and the problem of a world economy based on energy scarcity rather than abundance. There is, I believe, a way to solve the problems in the Middle East, and the energy problems facing the world, [...]

A Bottle That Purifies Enough Water for a Year

September 16th, 2007

This is a really great invention — a hand held water bottle that can purify a year’s worth of water. It removes not only parasites and bacteria, but also viruses. It was just announced recently at a defense industry tradeshow and was a big hit among military commanders who need a better way to get [...]

Russian Scientists Discover Radiation Absorbing Mineral

September 7th, 2007

Russian scientists in the Khibinsky Mountains in the Arctic Circle have made an important scientific discovery. They’ve found a new mineral which absorbs radiation.     It does not yet have an official name and is known only as number 27-4. It can absorb radioactivity from liquid nuclear waste. Read the rest here.

Scientist Says "Never in Our Imagination Could This Happen." Famous Last Words?

August 19th, 2007

Whenever a scientist says something like, don’t worry our new experiment could never get out of the lab, or don’t worry the miniature black hole we are going to generate couldn’t possibly swallow up the entire planet, I tend to get a little worried. The problem is that just about every time a scientist has [...]

Plans for a Lunar Ark to Save Humanity

August 19th, 2007

Researchers at the International Space University (ISU), of which I am an alumnus, are proposing an interesting initiative to build an ark on the moon to preserve human civilization and biodiversity, and the Internet, in the event of a catastrophe on earth, such as a comet impact, nuclear war, etc. This project is similar to [...]

Networked Genome — New Finding Shatters Current Thinking

August 15th, 2007

A new finding has discovered that the human genome may be highly networked. That is, genes do not operate in isolation, but rather they are networked together in a far more complex ecosystem than previously thought. It may be impossible to separate one gene from another in fact. This throws into question not only our [...]

Steorn Set to Demo "Free Energy" Device Tomorrow

July 4th, 2007

Steorn, the Irish company that claims to have invented a mechanical device that generates unlimited free energy with no fuel, is scheduled to demonstrate their device publicly for the first time in London tomorrow. A panel of 22 independent world experts has been recruited to study the device. It should be an interesting demo!

Children of Men Needs to Be Seen

January 7th, 2007

Go see the film Children of Men — it’s a bleak, brilliant, entirely convincing vision of the near future — and has great action too. Here’s a YouTube video that makes the case for why this film should win an award.

Minding The Planet — The Meaning and Future of the Semantic Web

November 6th, 2006

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All Seafood Gone by 2050 — Overfishing and Overpopulation

November 3rd, 2006

New research suggests that all the world’s ocean seafood stocks will be gone by 2050… WASHINGTON (AP) – Clambakes, crabcakes, swordfish steaks and even humble fish sticks could be little more than a fond memory in a few decades. If current trends of overfishing and pollution continue, the populations of just about all seafood face [...]

A World Without Elephants

October 28th, 2006

This is so sad. Elephants are increasingly being wiped out due to encroachment by nearby human populations, and also by inept human attempts to help them — and of course by poaching. As their species is increasingly backed into a dead-end corner, and as older elephants are separated from their herds, younger elephants are developing [...]

Zooming Out in Time

October 16th, 2006

For an interesting read — download this wonderful presentation on zooming out in time as a way to predict the future. It’s from a talk given at the Long Now Foundation. Nice visual slides illustrate how the world changes over vast timescales.

Dolphins are Smarter Than We Think

September 6th, 2006

This is an interesting article about recent evidence of deep thinking by dolphins: At the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi, Kelly the dolphin has built up quite a reputation. All the dolphins at the institute are trained to hold onto any litter that falls into their pools until they see a trainer, when [...]

You've Heard about Global Warming … Now Comes "Global Cooling"

August 27th, 2006

Russian scientists are now predicting a period of "Global Cooling" will begin in 2012. Well at least the good news is that Al Gore can make a sequel. And I guess this means San Francisco will have even colder summers…er winters…now? But all jokes aside, this is something to track. The term "global warming" is  [...]

US Rice Supplies Inadvertently Contaminated

August 21st, 2006

It has just come out that supplies of rice in the USA have been contaminated with a gene that was not approved for human consumption. 

Amazon Desertification May Start Next Year — Global Warming Could Increase by 50% — Note to Self: Find New Planet

July 29th, 2006

Amazon Rainforest Faces Desertification Amazon rainforest ‘could become a desert’ And that could speed up global warming with ‘incalculable consequences’, says alarming new research The Independent (U.K.), July 23, 2006 The vast Amazon rainforest is on the brink of being turned into desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world’s climate, alarming research suggests. And the [...]

Electronic Smog

May 8th, 2006

Are you living in a cloud of electronic smog? New research has shown that fields from electrical wiring and devices in the home and office should be considered to be a form of pollution. Recent studies are finding that many cancers and other diseases may be directly related to exposure to these electrical fields.

Study Discovers Whale Song Syntax

March 30th, 2006

New research into the mathematical properties of whale songs reveals that they have a complex language: The songs of the humpback whale are among the most complex in the animal kingdom. Researchers have now mathematically confirmed that whales have their own syntax that uses sound units to build phrases that can be combined to form [...]

Doomsday Vault to House World Seed Bank

January 13th, 2006

The Norwegians are planning to create a deep underground vault near the North Pole to house a backup copy of seeds for all known varieties of crops. The goal is to ensure food supplies and enable humanity to regenerate in the event of nuclear war, global warming or other catastrophes. It’s a good idea. This [...]

Big Thinkers' Most Dangerous Ideas

January 4th, 2006

The Edge has published mini-essays by 119 "big thinkers" on their "most dangerous ideas" — fun reading. The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. What is your dangerous idea? An idea you think about [...]

Hydrino Power — A New Source of Energy?

November 6th, 2005

A new source of inexpensive, renewable energy that depends on a modified form of hydrogen has quantum theorists up in arms: they say it violates the laws of quantum mechanics. The inventors, on the other hand, claim they have extensive proof that it works. It seems too good to be true: a new source of [...]

NASA Makes Plans to Deflect Possible Asteroid Hit in 2036

October 31st, 2005

This just in… NASA has outlined what it could do, and in what time frame, in case a quarter-mile-wide asteroid named Apophis is on a course to slam into Earth in the year 2036. The timetable was released by the B612 Foundation, a group that is pressing NASA and other government agencies to do more [...]

Snow in Somalia – First Time in History – Global Warming?

June 2nd, 2005

It just snowed in tropical Somalia, for the first time in history. Is this further evidence of chaotic global climate change? Read the article here.

How to Save the Amazon Rainforest

June 2nd, 2005

I read the an article today about how Brazil is gradually losing the fight to save the Amazon. The worlds’ rainforests are a global resource — not only are they directly important to the air we all breathe, they also harbor a huge, still untapped, reservoir of species diversity which could be of profound importance [...]

Future Evolution of Human Species

May 15th, 2005

Here is a thought-provoking article that discusses several possible directions for the future evoloution of the human species. It includes comments by Richard Dawkins, as well as several scenarios with pictures of what humans might look like in the distant future.

New Ice Age Coming Much Sooner than Expected?

May 10th, 2005

Significant new research findings indicate that a new ice age may be starting sooner than anyone expected… CLIMATE change researchers have detected the first signs of a slowdown in the Gulf Stream — the mighty ocean current that keeps Britain and Europe from freezing. They have found that one of the “engines” driving the Gulf [...]

New Data Indicates Earth 3 Million Years Overdue for Mass Extinction

March 11th, 2005

A new study claims that life on earth emerges and is wiped out in 62 million year cycles. The dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago. That implies we are 3 million years overdue for a mass-extinction cycle. Or maybe we’re 3 million years into one? Data indicates that species are presently going extinct at an [...]

Study Finds that Second-Hand Smoke Dulls Children's Brains

January 4th, 2005

A new study has found that exposure to even low levels of second-hand smoke at home had a significant negative impact on children’s reading and math performance at school.

Interesting New Magnetic Motor Announced: Big Claims Made

December 1st, 2004

If you are interested in alternative energy, here’s something new to look at — a new magnetic motor based on ideas that originated with Nikola Tesla. The makers claim it is an "economical solution for the world’s power and energy needs." Well, we’ve heard that before, but it’s good to keep an open mind — [...]

Dolphins Save Humans from Shark Attack

November 23rd, 2004

Here is an interesting true story about how a group of humans were saved from a shark attack by a group of dolphins.