The term "cyborg" literally means "cybernetic organism" -- a being constructed of both mechanical and organic material. Although traditionally confined to the realms of science fiction, modern medicine and in particular prosthetics have made the term applicable to a number of human beings. Many people who could technically be labelled part-cybernetic, part-organic, have become so as the result of complex medical procedures, usually stemming from medical necessity. Some, however, chose to grant themselves cyborg status in the name of scientific advancement.
Discovery of red tide in the Galveston Bay and South Padre Island areas of the Texas coast has promted leades of the award-winning Red Tide Rangers to schedule training for volunteers who want to join the first responders.
Far from the new fangled concept that many see it to be, sustainable tourism has been a developing notion since the 1960s and the green movement. With people slowly growing to understand the consequences that their lifestyle inflicts upon the environment, it’s a term that envelopes an industry committed to reducing environmental and cultural impact whilst generating income for the locality. To put it simply, it’s an idea that preserves the world. An idea that means your grandchildren will be able to experience the same beautiful locations that you have had the privilege of visiting.
Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity.
Focusing on the huge market we usually refer to as "Corporate America," the folks who run nonprofit Global Reporting Initiative [GRI] in Amsterdam organized a concentrated effort to encourage more U.S. companies to adopt the GRI G3 framework for their sustainability reporting.
Focal Point USA officially opened for business in New York City early in 2011 with great fanfare -- including a hosted reception and bell-ringing exercise at the New York Stock Exchange. From 2010 to 2011, the number of U.S. sustainability reports including a GRI content index has grown almost 50 percent. In 2011 alone, 345 reports were published, of which 273 used the GRI framework, according to our research. And the number is growing as we continue to find more reports to add to the total.
Beyond the structural devastation and slower-than-hoped-for recovery, Hurricane Ike renewed a perennial debate on Galveston island: how to balance the needs of coastal dwelling Texans – a tough bunch who won’t give up their land to Mother Nature or development policy without a fight — with the threat of a rising ocean and the coastal destruction accompanying it.
Physicist Stephen Hawking suggests that our ongoing efforts to colonize space could ultimately save humanity from extinction. As it stands, Earth is our only biosphere — all our eggs are currently in one basket. If something were to happen to either our planet or our civilization, it would be vital to know that we could sustain a colony somewhere else.
And the threats are real. The possibility of an asteroid impact, nuclear war, a nanotechnological disaster, or severe environmental degradation make the need for off-planet habitation extremely urgent. And given our ambitious future prospects, including the potential for ongoing population growth, we may very well have no choice but to leave the cradle.
We're obviously not going to get there overnight — but here's how we could do it.
Seaturtle.org provides internet surfers with the ability to track tagged sea turtles around the world. It's just one of the resources available at the group's website. Initially created as "Turtle Tidings" in 1996, seaturtle.org was founded out of a desire to support research and conservation efforts in the sea turtle community.
New York TimesCornell prof: West Nile outbreak will get worseSyracuse.comSyracuse, N.Y. -- A Cornell University expert on mosquito-borne diseases says this summer's hotter than normal weather may be fueling the spike in West Nile virus cases.
The worst drought to hit the US in at least half a century may have created one of the smallest dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico in years, a recent survey shows. Dr. Steve DiMarco, who studied hypoxic areas off Texas during Texas Sea Grant-funded projects in recent years, said the state is currently dead zone free and the hypoxic area off Louisiana is less than half the size it was a year ago.
Twitter enables users worldwide to keep pace with all things green – and allows organizations to broadcast reliable, current global CSR and sustainability news. If you aren’t already, make sure you follow these top 50 ‘Green Birds’ for the latest CSR and sustainability news and information.
A survey of teachers from the United States and Canada found that one out of four educators who used live animals as part of their science curriculum released the organisms into the wild after they were done using them in the classroom.
Yet only 10 percent of those teachers participated in a planned release program, increasing the likelihood that the well-intentioned practice of using live organisms as a teaching tool may be contributing to invasive species problems.