links for 2008-04-22

  • Commercially legal crops of industrial hemp have been approved for the Australian state of New South Wales. The NSW Minister for Primary Industries reckons the approval could open up “the establishment of a new viable industry” for the state.
    (tags: environment)
  • It has a steam pressure cooker, so an hour’s drive and it’s done like dinner. After all, “Motor tours are much more pleasant when one is assured of a well-prepared meal at the end of the trip,” although the way people eat in cars these days, it might make
    (tags: gadgets)
  • Ethanol made from a prairie grass shows promise as a viable fuel that could be much more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient than corn ethanol, a new study says.
  • As former chairperson of one of the world’s largest oil companies, Lord Ronald Oxburgh has staked his future on this form of alternative energy. Oxburgh stresses that jatropha—a hardy plant from which his company, D1 Oils, extracts oil to make biodiesel
  • You’ve probably heard about mercury contamination in fish. But a new study says the toxin has climbed out of the water. Researchers from the College of William and Mary say landlubbing insects near the Shenandoah River have elevated levels of mercury in
    (tags: environment)
  • “Since the 1860⊘s many patents have been filed in the monowheel⊘’s name and today there are even rumors of a production monowheel in China, but as it stands there is nothing currently available. As we couldn’t buy a monowheel we made one.”
    (tags: travel)
  • He took carbon-fiber air tanks that are usually used by firefighters as part of their breathing equipment and connected them to two rotary air engines that drive the rear wheel. One of the benefits of using compressed air over batteries is that you can re
    (tags: travel)
  • Next time you find yourself standing in the grocery store, agonizing over whether your green conscience permits you to buy the garlic shipped in from China, relax. You’ll do more to reduce the greenhouse gas impact of your diet by taking the ground beef o
    (tags: environment)
  • AAMCO is… promoting alternative fuels by installing E85 conversion kits that allow vehicles to run on ethanol blends up to 85%. Their service centers will use kits provided by Flex Fuel US, called the FLEX-BOX SMART KIT™, which is the only ethanol con
    (tags: environment)
  • Earth-like planets have relatively short windows of opportunity for life to evolve, making it highly doubtful intelligent beings exist elsewhere in the universe, according to newly published research based on a mathematical probability model.
    (tags: science)
  • Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn wi
    (tags: humor)
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