National Parks, Landscape Art & American Imagination

It’s not unknown knowledge that pollution is a problem in our world today. But the extent to which this poses is threat may be surprising. New research shows that natural ocean processes such as wind, drag, turbulence and wave height can push the plastic deep down where it remains unnoticed by scientists examining the ocean’s surface. “Plastic bags strangling sea sponges. Beer bottles colonized by sea lilies. Such images of ocean pollution aren’t usually associated with the remote, icy waters of the Arctic, but snapshots of the seafloor suggest the northern region is becoming increasingly littered with plastic.” (Megan Gannon, LiveScience).

Underwater cameras are regularly used to capture deep sea activities in order to analyze the presence of different inhabitants. Scientists constantly study the biodiversity throughout the oceans. But what seems to be a reoccurring appearance is the unwelcome sight of trash and pollution on the ocean floor. These appearances are not…

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a summer lifestyle

I hate finding bobby pins everywhere. Or Q-tips at the bottom of your bathroom cabinets. If your bathroom is small like mine, you probably don’t have a lot of counter space to hold hair clips, tweezers, cotton balls, etc. I saw this project done on a couple other blogs, and decided to take it on… turned out pretty great. Below are step by step instructions – and photos! – for how to do this. One note: I spent exactly $25 on everything. Next time, I’m going to use recycled jars, which should reduce the cost like $8- $10.

Final product:

What you’re going to need:

1. A drill – if you don’t have one, buy one. Mine cost $60 – it plugs into the wall, which means crappy batteries won’t be an issue. Trust me.. invest in one, and you will not only be pleased with your purchase, but damn…

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Stories by Williams

electronicsIt is no secret that research into nanotechnology is bearing fruit these days. Back in February, both Standford and MIT unveiled implantable devices which would be capable of delivering drugs directly into the human blood stream and detecting health problems. However, despite all the progress being made in terms of nano-miniaturization, there are still numerous barriers which need to be overcome.

For example, having microelectronics in the body, while initially beneficial, might prove problematic with time. What’s to happen when they are finished their jobs, become obsolete, or simply stop working after awhile? As anyone who’s ever owned a computer, PDA, mobile device or laptop can tell you, the stuff breaks! And if it does happen to live past its warranty, chances are it will be obsolete in six months… tops!

Such machines need a way to be removed, but given their size (o.oooooooo1 meters), that’s not exactly practical. And…

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Nature Made Simple

With Halloween upon us we are just a few short days away from the brunt of the holiday season! What are you doing this year to make your holidays greener?

Even Halloween can be made green. All those plastic baskets, the junk candy with all those yucky GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), the “cheap” costumes, makeup and more can easily be replaced! A great guide for Halloween whether you use it this year or next can be found at http://www.greenhalloween.org/2011nongmoguide.pdf. They have great substitute ideas for non-gmo treats.  The main site http://greenhalloween.org/ has great info on decorations, costumes and so much more.

But this blog is centered on the next holidays; mainly Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why? Because these two holidays are the biggest hits when it comes to green holidays.

Let’s start with Thanksgiving. This is the easy one. Many people already prefer to use locally farmed fruits and veggies…

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