Alternative energy: A natural solution?

Want to make alternative fuel? Need to get electricity directly from organic slop? Bacteria may have the perfect answer.  The Why Files explores the concept.

From Highway to Home

Read the full article in Metropolis Magazine.

Using recycled materials from the Big Dig, Single Speed Design creates a house of monumental proportions.

'Green' is key in building

Read the full article in the Boston Globe.

Students learn benefits of building it ‘green’ and view new techniques.

Food Service Technology Center

The Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) is the industry leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing. The FSTC, operated by Fisher-Nickel, inc, has developed over 30 Standard Test Methods for evaluating commercial kitchen appliance performance.

In addition to being a clearing house of information on equipment performance, the FSTC also has expertise in commercial kitchen ventilation and building energy efficiency, including lighting, glazing and HVAC.

Study: Arsenic Inhibits Body's Ability To Repair DNA

Read the full story at Water & Wastewater Products News. Read the full research article from Environmental Health Perspectives.

Arsenic in drinking water is associated with a decrease in the body’s ability to repair its DNA, according to a study on the impact of arsenic exposure.

Bacteria With 'Sweet Tooth' For Waste Focus Of Hydrogen Energy Project

Read the full story at Environmental Protection Magazine.

Bacteria that can munch through confectionery waste could be a valuable source of non-polluting energy in the years ahead, according to research announced on May 23.

In a feasibility study funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (a UK agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences —, scientists at UK’s University of Birmingham ( have demonstrated that these bacteria give off hydrogen gas as they consume high-sugar waste produced by the confectionery industry.

Pennsylvania Analysis Finds Mercury Levels 47 Percent Higher In Areas Near Power Plants

Read the full story at Environmental Protection Magazine.

Sample results from Pennsylvania’s two longest-running mercury deposition collection sites reinforce other state and national studies that show the neurotoxin tends to concentrate around local emission sources, creating “hot spots” of contamination, state officials announced on May 13.

Climate change: All in the game

Read the full story by Thomas Pfeiffer and Martin A. Nowak at (Nature 441, 583-584 (1 June 2006))

It is in the public interest to keep Earth’s climate on an even keel — the public, in this case, being all the world’s population. Are you prepared to stake your own reputation on helping to improve matters?

Climate Change: The Arctic tells its story

Read the full story by Heather Stoll at (Nature 441, 579-581 (1 June 2006))

The Arctic is one of the sensitive pressure points for Earth’s climate. A new sediment core reveals much more about the region’s role in a long-term transition from ‘greenhouse’ to ‘icehouse’ conditions.

Field Trials of Ethanol-Powered Vehicles Go Worldwide

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Scania, manufacturer of ethanol-powered commercial vehicles, is supplying the city buses for use in the BEST (BioEthanol for Sustainable Transport) consortium’s initial field trials of ‘ethanol as a vehicle fuel’ to take place in La Spezia, a coastal city in northwestern Italy.

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