The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables

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Want to throw down some sick underground beats using vegetables that actually grow underground? Get back to your musical roots by jamming on the BeetBox , a simple musical instrument powered by a Raspberry Pi with a capacitive touch sensor, audio amplifier, wooden box, and six of your favorite tubers. Created by Scott Garner , the drum machine is an exploration of the interaction between nature and technology. Read the rest of The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arduino , beetbox , beets , drum machine , pygame , python , raspberry pi , scott garner , sparkfun

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Want to throw down some sick underground beats using vegetables that actually grow underground? Get back to your musical roots by jamming on the BeetBox , a simple musical instrument powered by a Raspberry Pi with a capacitive touch sensor, audio amplifier, wooden box, and six of your favorite tubers. Created by Scott Garner , the drum machine is an exploration of the interaction between nature and technology. Read the rest of The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arduino , beetbox , beets , drum machine , pygame , python , raspberry pi , scott garner , sparkfun

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Cornell Soothes Stressed Out Students by Installing Grassy Lawn in the Olin Library

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Brazilian Fast-Food Chain Cuts Waste By Serving Up Burgers Wrapped In Edible Paper

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A Brazilian fast-food chain has introduced a clever solution for customers tired of having to unwrap their hamburger before eating it: edible packaging . As part of a marketing campaign designed to position their burgers as literally irresistible and reduce paper waste headed for the landfill, a restaurant chain called “Bob’s” recently experimented with a burger wrapping made from edible paper.  According to PSFK , the campaign was so successful that not a single customer threw away the wrappings, which meant a lot less trash to haul out to the dumpster. I’m sure you’re wondering exactly what this so-called edible packaging is made from and what it tastes like. Unfortunately, those details are a little hard to find.  Comunicadores  reports that agency NBS created the packaging, and that the specially wrapped burgers were only available in Bob’s restaurants for a limited time. Most edible papers are made from sugar or rice, so its conceivable that those ingredients also come into play with the NBS packaging. As you’ll see in the video it’s possible to apply condiments and stuff the burger in your mouth wrappings and all, so it can’t taste that bad. Although the gastrointestinal wisdom of eating an unwrapped hamburger is questionable, there’s no denying that this type of packaging could be great for the environment. Remember when public pressure forced major fast food chains to abandon Styrofoam boxes for the paper wrap and paperboard boxes used today? While it’s better for the environment, paper packaging still come with a huge carbon footprint and creates mountains of unnecessary waste. Edible packaging is biodegradable and compostable, reducing the amount of litter that must be carted off to the landfill. via DesignTaxi

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Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards

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If you drive a Ford C-Max or a Ford Fusion Hybrid , you might want to double check the fuel economy of your car. Two of Ford’s hybrids, the C-Max and the Fusion, fell short of fuel economy targets when tested by Consumer Reports , said the Detroit automaker on Friday. But Ford isn’t shying away from this potentially embarrassing issue, saying that it wants to work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the way it determines fuel efficiency, claiming that the current testing methods leave too much to chance and produce erratic results. Read the rest of Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Consumer Reports blows whistle on Ford hybrids , environmental protection agency , EPA testing methods for fuel economy , Ford C-MAX , ford fusion , Ford hybrid vehicles , Ford hybrid vehicles fall short of EPA targets , miles per gallon , Raj Nair , vehicle fuel economy , vehicle fuel efficiency , vehicle fuel performance

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14 Last Minute Gifts for the Green Procrastinator

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Ingenious 14-Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

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When most of us were teenagers, we were more worried about an embarrassing outbreak of acne or who to ask to homecoming than the challenges of developing nations. After witnessing children in India drinking from a stagnant pool of water, 14-year-old Deepika Kurup from Nashua, New Hampshire was inspired to help “find a solution to the global water crisis.” After much research, she developed a solar-powered purification system in her backyard that eventually earned her a $25,000 award from the The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge . Entering while she was still in the 7th grade, she took first place in the competition. So, just how does this ingenious invention work? After spending three months pouring over PhD papers during her vacation, speaking with her 3M mentor, and testing her inventions with contaminated water from the Nashua wastewater treatment facility, Deepika Kurup came up with a system that could cheaply and easily purify water containing harmful bacteria. Her process involves exposing titanium oxide and zinc oxide to sunlight, which initiates a chemical reaction that forms hydroxyl radicals and super oxides. These compounds are able to oxidize organic substances into water and carbon dioxide. After counting the levels of coliform bacteria before and after she applied her system with 3M Petrifilms , she found that her system had significantly reduced the amount of coliforms from 8,000 down to 50 and E. coli from more than 1,000 down to none in less than 8 hours. In one hour, she was also able to degrade methane blue, oxidizing it faster that most current processes. Unlike most purification methods that rely on UV lamps that require electricity, nasty chemicals, or pricey filtration systems, Kurup’s composite which also incorporates cement and 3M Glass Bubbles , costs half a cent per gram. Applied through both a photocatalytic rod and reflector film, she was able to achieve this amazing results with an amazing amount of efficiency and consistency. Now high school freshman, Kurup hopes to apply for a patent for her system and start a nonprofit to help deploy her innovation. Passionate about science, she is striving towards becoming a neurologist. + The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Via Co.EXIST

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