Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

April 15, 2014 by  
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Astronaut’s pee already gets recycled into water on space missions, but now NASA has found a way to transform their urine into fuel. Scientists have devised a process called forward osmosis that extracts ammonia from the astronaut’s urine so that it can be combined with fuel cells to produce clean and renewable energy . Read the rest of Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: astronaut urine , eco design , forward osmosis , green design , nasa , NASA pee power , pee as drinking water , Pee Power , Pee to energy , recycling pee , recycling urine , sustainable design , urine converted as fuel

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Fracking May Have Polluted Wyoming Aquifer, EPA Investigation Finds

November 11, 2011 by  
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Newly presented data from the EPA shows fracking chemicals have indeed contaminated Pavillion, Wyoming wells.

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Panda Poo Could be Key to Cheaper, Cleaner Biofuels

August 29, 2011 by  
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Scientists from Mississippi State University have discovered that panda poo could hold the answers to faster, cleaner and cheaper biofuels. It has long been suspected that animals like pandas that each giant amounts of tough plant matter every day have bacteria in their digestive systems that are especially efficient at breaking down the cellulose in plants into nutrients. The hope is that those bacteria could make a big difference in the production of biofuels from tougher, non-food plants, like switchgrass, corn stalks and wood chips.  After collecting panda feces from the Memphis Zoo for over a year, researchers found that was definitely the case. So far the scientists have identified several types of digestive bacteria from the feces. Some are similar to those found in termite feces, but the study has shown the bacteria in the panda feces could be even better at breaking down cellulose than those in termites. Based on this study and others, the researchers believe that the panda gut bacteria could convert 95 percent of plant biomass into simple sugars.  The enzymes in this bacteria are so potent that they can eliminate the need for heat, acids or high pressure processes in the manufacture of biofuels. Eliminating those processes would make biofuel production less energy intensive, faster and, of course, cheaper. Researchers are working on identifying every bacteria present in panda intestines in order to single out the most potent of the enzymes.  Those enzymes could be put into yeasts through genetic engineering, which would allow for the mass production of those enzymes for the biofuel industry. via Physorg

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How can I reuse or recycle not nice homebrewed beer?

May 6, 2011 by  
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We’ve had an email from Simone: My hubby and I have been homebrewing for a couple of years but our last batch was not nice at all! We’ve got 40 bottles of it but don’t want to drink it ourselves and don’t think it would be fair to force it on others either! Is there anything to be done with it other than pouring it away? Since I’m obsessed with gardening these days, the first idea that springs to mind is slug traps – they’re not fussy about the quality or taste of the beer

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One-Fifth Of Juvenile Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Killed by BP Oil Spill

October 20, 2010 by  
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Map of the length of time oil was in the Gulf.

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Honda Crowned Greenest Automaker

October 8, 2010 by  
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The Union of Concerned Scientists released their annual “green” ranking of automakers , and for the fifth year in a row, Honda has taken top honors. The study looked at 2008 models because that was the most recent year that had complete data from the EPA and Transportation Department.  The group analyzed the top eight automakers selling cars in the U.S. on both fuel economy and emissions for the entire fleets.  Good fuel economy and low emissions had to hold strong across all sizes of vehicles to get the best scores.  Results were also weighted based on sales

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New Jet Engine Design Offers 25% Fuel Efficiency Increase

October 7, 2010 by  
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A small startup company is developing a new kind of jet engine that has the promise of being smaller, lighter, and more fuel efficient than current jet engines, and can significantly reduce the emissions from jet engines, as well. The new engine developed by R-Jet is called an orbiting combustor-nozzle (OCN) jet

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Can You Run a Car on Tim Hortons Coffee?

July 10, 2010 by  
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Credit: TorontoCityLife So coffee helps wake people up in the morning. And java from the Tim Hortons chain isn’t too bad. But can Canadian coffee make your car go?

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Bike Moves: Cyclist Carries Entire Booth For Green Living Show on Cargo Bike

April 26, 2010 by  
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There were lots of interesting bikes at Toronto’s Green Living Show ,(more below the fold) but Reba from the Urbane Cyclist carried it one step further: Her entire 10×10 booth was brought to the show in one trip by cargo bike and trailer. She has a little help from a Bionx electric conversion (seen at Green Living two years ago ) but still, that is a lot to carry. ..

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Roll Your Own Traveling Library

April 26, 2010 by  
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TreeHugger shows a lot of ideas for mobile living. Books are often a problem for those on the move; they are heavy.

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