5 Video Games With An Eco Spin

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Gamers, would you like a side of Global Warming with your post-apocalyptic environment? Here are five video games with an ecological focus. 1. A New Beginning This point-and-click PC game from Daedalic Entertainment featured an epic adventure in which you play as a group of characters traversing a world destroyed by Global Warming. The main purpose is to travel back in time to a period before major natural disasters wrecked the land and prevent the events from happening. 2. Spore Finally, a game in which you get to play the Creator of everything. Spore is basically the study of evolution… read more

Uncovering Under-Water “Mystery Circles”

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In the perilous waters of Amami Oshima, Southern Japan, sea beds lay inscribed with ornate circles of a once mysterious origin. Within these circles intricate sweeps and grooves create shapely mounds of sand that come together and part to constellate geometric works of art that mirror the symbolic art of ancient Celts just as much as they emulate crop circles. The “mystery circles” were first discovered 20 years ago, some 80 ft below the water’s surface. Images of the circles were captured by Yoji Ookata, a deep sea photographer, while diving in the southern tip of Japan’s coast. Having obtained his… read more

C02 – Glowing, Glowing Gone With Algae Lamps

C02 - Glowing, Glowing Gone With Algae Lamps

An interest in renewable energy is often the inspiration behind clever, and sometimes unusual, ideas that try to harness resourceful venues for their potential benefits. Examples of innovative attempts to turn everyday products into designs with naturally free power can be found in the following 2 lamp models. A parking area in Bordeaux, France is housing a prototype of an interesting streetlight concept. Biochemist Pierre Calleja has developed an edition of a street lamp that contains microalgae and a battery. The luminous green algae charge up the battery by way of photosynthesis, soaking up the sunlight during the daytime and eerily glowing in the… read more

Bioengineering a Glow In the Dark Light Bulb

Bioengineering a Glow In the Dark Light Bulb

Most of the time, when you read about something that has been genetically modified, it’s in reference to agriculture and food, and there’s a pretty strong sentiment in the green community about the undesirable effects of GMOs on the health of both humans and the ecosystem. But there are many other uses for bioengineering that don’t involve ingestion or the need to grow them out in the fields in mass quantities, including this one, which would take advantage of the ability for bioluminescence in microbes, in order to provide light for us. The Biobulb concept, which was picked as a… read more

5 Eco Films You Need To Watch Right Now

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You probably think you know quite a bit about our planet, but the truth is, you really don’t. These five films will blow your mind (which is such a cliche phrase, but totally applies in this case). Check it: Earth This BBC documentary is a long one to be sure, but definitely worth the time to sit down and take an adventure around our planet. Narrated by an epic cast including Patrick Stewart, James Earl Jones, and Ken Watanabe, ‘Earth’ is one documentary to remember. March of The Penguins Follow the annual journey of Emperor Penguins to their breeding grounds…. read more

Tips To Creating A Winning Science Fair Project

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Science Fair is a time of creativity, inventiveness, and educational prowess. It’s also a potential gateway towards receiving a college scholarship in the field of science. Finding the right idea to submit to your science fair isn’t always easy, especially if your resources are limited. Google and Intel teamed up to share their thoughts on what makes a truly winnable science fair project. We’ve broken down their tips into a few helpful steps to get you on your ways towards building a successful project. Step One: Start Brainstorming Early To gain a competitive edge against the others around you, start… read more

There’s A Grand Canyon Under Greenland

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The Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of the world’s oldest and largest natural marvels. Measuring 277 miles long, 18 miles wide at certain points, and a mile deep, the Canyon is mind-blowingly massive. Brace yourselves for yet another gigantic natural wonder; a newly discovered canyon under Greenland at least twice as long as the Grand Canyon. Buried under at least two miles of ice, this canyon was found while performing routine studies on the ice sheets to measure glacier melting.  

Seahorse Tails Inspire Robotic Arm Applications

Seahorse Tails Inspire Robotic Arm Applications

University of California, San Diego researchers have noted some interesting behaviors regarding seahorses. Since they are composed of bony sliding plates, their tails are extremely flexible. So malleable, in fact, that they can be flattened to half their normal size before causing irreversible injuries. This natural design has led to inspiration for medical use and other field applications. The team of scientists and engineers involved in the project are looking at the way seahorses move in order to replicate the motion in a robotic arm. Other animals were looked at for potentially copying their armored exteriors, but the seahorse was… read more

A New, Plastic-Eating Bacteria

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Students (and friends) Jeanny Yao and Miranda Wang, have recently discovered a bacteria that can degrade phthalates, a common plasticizer. The discovery was made while conducting research as part of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada, a national competition in science. All plastic, including the recycle-able varieties, are unable to biodegrade in a landfill. Plastic will break down, sure, but it never truly disperses once in the anaerobic environment of a landfill. Additionally, it will release large amounts of methane as it idly wastes away. Such is also the case with so-called “bio-degradable” plastic. This is a problem when you consider… read more

Let’s Name Extreme Storms after Climate Deniers

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With our current storm naming system, courtesy of the World Meteorological Organization, extreme weather events get named after people, somewhat capriciously. But what if someone’s name is Katrina, or Sandy, or any of the other monikers picked for extreme storms? What did they do to deserve the scorn of the world being heaped upon their name as every news outlet covers these natural disasters? A better way might be to start naming them after those politicians who continue to deny the science behind climate change, and obstruct any efforts to mitigate its effects. Just imagine if the 5 o’clock news… read more