“Little Pac-Mans that break down molecular bonds”

In an April 27, 2008 story, The New York Times reported that Fort Bragg, California, is considering the use of mushrooms to break down dioxin in its contaminated coastline’s soil, based on a recommendation by Paul E. Stamets, author of “Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World“, who pointed out that at least two dioxin-degrading species of mushroom indigenous to the Northern California coast could work, the turkey tail and oyster mushrooms.

10 year anniversary of the paper-alternative to the aluminum soda can

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the invention of a carbonated soft drink can made of paper. British scientist Richard Freeman and his colleagues at Scientific Generics in Cambridge used four thin layers of cardboard with seems rotated by at least 90 degrees out of phase.

This was reported by CNN on 19 August 1998.

Does anybody have an update as to its success (or lack thereof) in other countries?

Earth’s 6th Great Mass Extinction is happening right now

Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Harvard, considered by some as a world-leading authority on Biodiversity, estimates that approx. 30,000 species per year (in other words: three species per hour) are disappearing from our planet Earth.

A recent article at DailyGalaxy provides a more detailed analysis.

In his book “The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth” his common sense discourse urges for unity between science and religion to save living nature.

Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components

The National Association of Home Builders in cooperation with Bank of America Home Equity has published a Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components.  Given both the environmental and financial impact of the purchase decisions we make, this might be well worth reading.