Disney Creates Magic We Can Use

A while ago, I wrote a post about generating electricity through the use of trees. In the end, I imagined replacing our current wires-and-steel power plants with lush green forests. Well, apparently we are getting one step closer to replacing inanimate products with biological products. A research team at Disney (yes, Disney, I’m not sure … Continue reading Disney Creates Magic We Can Use

A Fresh Take on Environmentalism

I tend to stray away from using labels to describe myself; frankly I tend to avoid describing myself if at all possible. Call it a fear of commitment or conflict, or wishy-washiness, but I find that labels encourage limited thinking, it immediately boxes you in and generalizes you into a large group of supposedly like-minded … Continue reading A Fresh Take on Environmentalism

Modern-day Weather Machines

It’s certainly been a pretty hot summer this year. In fact, it’s been so hot, us Midwesterners are probably experiencing the worst drought in decades. Although it has rained a little bit these past few days, Summer 2012 has mostly been populated with +100 degree Fahrenheit days, cloudless skies and yellow grass. Crops are withering … Continue reading Modern-day Weather Machines

Straight out of Fantasy: Firefly-inspired Lights

I thought I would write a short little post about a recent innovation that I came across. Scientists at Syracuse University have figured out a way to harness the bioluminescence of fireflies to produce energy-free lights. The process requires the use of nanorods and a technique known as Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer (BRET). Research is … Continue reading Straight out of Fantasy: Firefly-inspired Lights

Benefits of Green Infrastructure

After finishing my last essay of the year, I have now completed my Freshman year at university. And just like so many other engineers, after I finish writing, I can’t help but use my free time to keep writing! (Which is, of course, a joke. Apparently engineers who actually like to write are few and … Continue reading Benefits of Green Infrastructure

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We get our energy from a variety of sources, some more environmentally harmful than others. There’s fossil fuels, natural gas, hydropower, geothermal, solar power, wind power, biomass, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some other commonly used forms of energy production. Energy is what keeps not only machines and technology running, it’s what keeps us living … Continue reading Powered by Elec-tree-city

Surrounded with Solutions

Despite being on this planet for roughly 200,000 years, we humans still know very little about Earth. Sure, we've discovered many governing principles of physics, biology and chemistry, but we still lack information on a lot of specifics regarding our lovely planet. Even though our population is growing rapidly, there are still many places on Earth that … Continue reading Surrounded with Solutions