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Dinner guests chew on modern day obesity panics and the obsession with our eating habits. Fellow diner and author of Panic on a plate, Rob Lyons casts a critical glance at the very notion of ‘junk food’ and argues that there is no such thing. Instead, he suggests, we are now living longer, healthier and better lives as a result of industrial scale food production and the availability of fast food. Do you agree?Dinner guests chew on modern day obesity panics and the obsession with our eating... more
Three versions of an old junked Ford truck (I think) taken last weekend near Crested Butte.Three versions of an old junked Ford truck (I think) taken last weekend near Crested... more
In space, no one can hear you clean. But given the astonishing amount of trash in orbit around our planet, it's a chore that needs to be done no matter how quietly.
According to NASA over half-a-million pieces of trash, from decommissioned satellites to discarded bits of rocket parts, are orbiting around Earth every day, raising the danger of catastrophic collision with each future venture into outer space. With that in mind, a team of scientists from one of Europe's tidiest countries, Switzerland, recently announced plans to deploy a series of junk-collecting satellites to remove some of the dangerous space debris currently floating high above our heads as part of a project called CleanSpaceOne.
“It’s time to do something to reduce the amount of debris floating around in space,” says Claude Nicollier of the Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne. “Most debris comes from satellites that are no longer in use – typically they have run out of energy and their solar panels or batteries don’t work; when they collide it creates lots of debris.”
So how does one go about cleaning up space, humankind's seemingly immeasurable sweep-under rug? With self-destructing janitor satellites, of course. Taking a cue from nature's best grippers, Swiss researchers devised small orbiters which find and clasp onto intersteller trash before plummeting back towards Earth where both would be destroyed during the heat and friction of re-entry.
Given the amount of trash in space, and the potential damage to expensive satellites and spacecraft such debris could inflict, the scientists can see a future ripe with their astro-janitorial assistants.
“Space agencies are increasingly finding it necessary to take into consideration and prepare for the elimination of the stuff they’re sending into space," Swiss Space Center Director Volker Gass told SwissInfo. "We want to be the pioneers in this area.”
If the idea of tentacled litter-busting satellites sounds like quite an imaginative solution for cleaning up space junk, it's certainly not the most far-fetched. In the last few years, a range of creative suggestions have been put forth to keep mankind's final frontier from looking like a dump -- from using giant gold balloons to gather junk or just firing lasers at it, to recycling that debris into new satellites altogether, the ideas have bordered on science fiction -- but then again, so does the notion that we've trashed space so much that this has become a problem in need of a solution.
http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/outer-space-no-one-can-hear-you-clean.htmlIn space, no one can hear you clean. But given the astonishing amount of trash in... more
Source: Space.com - http://www.space.com/12819-space-junk-cleanup-giant-net-tether.html
Us Earthlings always have discussions on how we can get rid of our assorted junk. We don't do very well; dumping it in the ocean, having massive landfills, etc. We have made improvements over the past 10 years, but I'd like you to think up.
Ever since people have started shooting up into space, we often look at what humans do up there rather than what's left. But as of now, we have a lot of "leftovers" from our visits to the final frontier. Small fragments of space debris and metal caught in Earth's orbit and hurling around at speeds of more than 17,000 MPH or (28,200 KPH).
This debris poses the risk of bumping into the useful crap we have, such as GPS satellites, cellular satellites, TV and spy satellites, even the International Space Station could face some trouble because of this.
A group of smarties over at Star Technology and Research have proposed the idea. It's nothing too hard to wrap your mind around, basically send up a ship named Eddie...err (EDDE) with a giant net to capture some of the lower-orbiting debris and get rid of it. I mean, just because space is a huge vacuum, doesn't mean it's just gonna clean up after us.
More can be read here: http://www.space.com/12819-space-junk-cleanup-giant-net-tether.htmlSource: Space.com -... more
Scientists in the US have warned Nasa that the amount of so-called space junk orbiting Earth is at tipping point.
A report by the National Research Council says the debris could cause fatal leaks in spaceships or destroy valuable satellites.
It calls for international regulations to limit the junk and more research into the possible use of launching large magnetic nets or giant umbrellas.
The debris includes clouds of minuscule fragments, old boosters and satellites.
Some computer models show the amount of orbital rubbish "has reached a tipping point, with enough currently in orbit to continually collide and create even more debris, raising the risk of spacecraft failures," the research council said in a statement on Thursday.
Hopes of limiting the amount of space junk in orbit suffered two major setbacks in recent years.
In 2007, China conducted an anti-satellite weapon test which destroyed a decommissioned weather satellite, smashing the object into 150,000 pieces larger than 1cm.
Two years later, two satellites - one defunct and one active - crashed in orbit, creating even more debris.
"Those two single events doubled the amount of fragments in Earth orbit and completely wiped out what we had done in the last 25 years," said Donald Kessler, who led the research.
There are 22,000 pieces of debris large enough to track from the ground, but smaller objects could still cause serious damage.
The International Space Station must occasionally dodge some of the junk, which flies around the Earth at speeds of up to 17,500 mph (28,164 km/h).
In June, some debris narrowly missed the space station, forcing its six crew to go to their escape capsules and prepare for an emergency evacuation back to Earth.
The situation is critical, said Mr Kessler, a retired Nasa scientist, because colliding debris creates even more of the junk.
"We've lost control of the environment," he said.
The report makes no recommendations about how to clean up the field of debris.
But it refers to an earlier study for the Pentagon's science think-tank, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa).
The Darpa report, dubbed "Catcher's Mitt", suggested a range of technologies, including harpoons, nets and an umbrella-shaped device that would sweep up the debris.
The aim would be to push the debris further towards the earth where it would burn up, or into a higher but safer orbit.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14757926Scientists in the US have warned Nasa that the amount of so-called space junk orbiting... more
Three times a year Brimfield Massachusetts hosts the largest outdoor antique show in New England. This colossal event features over 5000 dealers from all over the country within a one....http://www.vintageandflea.com/home/2011/8/19/countdown-to-brimfield.htmlThree times a year Brimfield Massachusetts hosts the largest outdoor antique show in... more
DENVER -- It's a special kind of underwear -- with a strategically placed fig leaf design -- and a Colorado man says it'll get you through the airport screeners with your dignity intact.
Jeff Buske says his invention uses a powdered metal that protects people's privacy when undergoing medical or security screenings.
Buske of Las Vegas-based Rocky Flats Gear says the underwear's inserts are thin and conform to the body's contours, making it difficult to hide anything beneath them. The mix of tungsten and other metals do not set off metal detectors.
The men's design has the fig leaf, while the one for women comes in the shape of clasped hands.
It's unclear whether it would lead to an automatic, more intrusive pat down by federal Transportation Security Administration officials.
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/weird-news/article_54a07764-f648-11df-882f-001cc4c002e0.htmlDENVER -- It's a special kind of underwear -- with a strategically placed fig... more
This photo of Kylie Minogue posing with a teddy bear has been banned from Facebook. The company sent an email saying: “We do not allow photos that contain nudity, drug use or violence.” I kinda feel weird to ask, but i don’t get it… who READ MORE:
http://yesbitch.net/2010/celebrities/kylie-minogue-banned-from-facebook/This photo of Kylie Minogue posing with a teddy bear has been banned from Facebook.... more
The Mediterranean diet of olive oil, pasta, tomatoes and fish is to be awarded Unesco World Heritage status to safeguard it from the onslaught of junk food and foreign impostors, Italy's agriculture minister said.
link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/7960206/Mediterranean-diet-to-be-awarded-Unesco-status-says-Italy.htmlThe Mediterranean diet of olive oil, pasta, tomatoes and fish is to be awarded Unesco... more
Moody's, citing risks on an EU/IMF bailout package, cut Greece's credit rating to junk status on Monday, pushing the euro down, although analysts expect little market impact from the widely expected cut.
The agency downgraded its Greek rating by four notches to Ba1, placing it one notch into junk status. The outlook is stable. Moody's also downgraded Greece's short-term issuer rating to not-prime from Prime-1.
Moody's had repeatedly said it was considering a multi-notch rating cut for Greece, which has been hammered by markets and suffered series of rating cuts since it revealed in October that its finances were in a much worse state than previously thought.
After coming within a breath of $1.23, its highest since early June, the euro slipped after Moody's cut Greece's credit rating to about $1.2215 before recovering somewhat.
Other markets were little affected by the move, with CDS unchanged at 740 basis points according to Markit Intraday.
"We've been trading with this for a long time now and just the fact that the agencies finally recognize reality doesn't have too much impact," said Sebastien Galy, senior currency analyst at BNP Paribas.
Analysts said they were more concerned by risks of contagion from Greece's debt crisis, which has sent shockwaves through markets worldwide, to other indebted euro zone countries such as Spain and Portugal.
Greek government bonds will remain eligible as collateral for loans despite Moody's move after the European Central Bank decided last month to suspend its minimum threshold for Greek debt.
READ MORE AT LINK - CIVIC ANIMAL!!!Moody's, citing risks on an EU/IMF bailout package, cut Greece's credit... more
Lost in the recent headlines was Al Gore's appearance in Denver at the annual meeting of the Council of Foundations, an association of the nation's philanthropic leaders. "Time's running out (on climate change)," Gore told them. "We have to get our act together. You have a unique role in getting our act together." Gore was right that foundations will play a key role in keeping the climate scam alive as evidence of outright climate fraud grows.... http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/346-believe-in-global-warmingLost in the recent headlines was Al Gore's appearance in Denver at the annual... more
Throughout the ages, artists have transformed the most humble objects into veritable works of art that now adorn the walls of the world's most illustrious museums. Can the same be said of "plastic portraits" which strive to shine new light on the very material that has degraded our natural environment?
http://www.greenwala.com/community/blogs/all/4878-Still-Life-With-Post-Consumer-PlasticThroughout the ages, artists have transformed the most humble objects into veritable... more
Don't you love it when -- just when you're about THIS CLOSE to abandoning all hope of witnessing any more originality in the eco-art world -- someone gallops onto the scene with their strategically wielded chunky reclaimed dumpster plastic to save the day?!?! Yee-hawwww!
http://www.greenwala.com/profiles/elizah-leigh/blog/4816-Ugly-Post-Consumer-Junk-Arranged-Into-Awe-Inspiring-Eco-Art-SculpturesDon't you love it when -- just when you're about THIS CLOSE to abandoning... more
Our penchant for producing garbage has literally spun out into orbit, prompting the question: "When and HOW will we clean up our act?"
http://www.greenwala.com/community/blogs/all/4499-Dump-Now-Worry-Later-Our-Trashy-Planetary-ImpactOur penchant for producing garbage has literally spun out into orbit, prompting the... more
Says artist Gabriel Dishaw (who works primarily in the medium of junk like old bolts and nails and scrap metal): "This piece was a continuation of my previous piece JUNK DUNK (Right) I wanted to attempt this approach again, with a more refined and detailed outcome. I used very little wire and more glue to keep the piece more clean, and less bulky. I also added new details, a hinged tongue and nike logo's on both the tongue and back of the shoe. On previous models I used a real nike sole to build of off. With this piece I started from scratch and build the sole from circuit boards."
They look pretty awesome. But would probably be difficult to run in.Says artist Gabriel Dishaw (who works primarily in the medium of junk like old bolts... more
You've got to have a big imagination and lots of patience to create a fire breathing robotic donkey-reptile -- that's what artist Lyle Rowell spent four months doing.
His 1,900-pound mechanical creature, named Lrry (pronounced "Larry") consists of various car, motorcycle and airplane parts, Rowell found while digging through old bits of junk. A two-cyclinder, 26 horsepower engine from a beat-down Citroën car, is used to power Lrry. Movement of the two front legs are caused by a chain-driven cranckshaft that is connected to a modfied gearbox, which has a built-in drive axle.
The fire breathing ability of Rowell's robot is achieved with the use of propane. Fast movement and fire don't go well together, so Lrry can only reach a top speed of 0.6mph.You've got to have a big imagination and lots of patience to create a fire... more
Enjoy some of my fine picks from across the board this weekend, and PLEASE come PLAY along. Post your junk and happenings right here on EVENTS AND FESTIVALS!!Enjoy some of my fine picks from across the board this weekend, and PLEASE come PLAY... more
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects... more