Issue #53
May 31, 2012

Enviropig: The Near Catastrophe You Don’t Know About

Pigs’ digestive systems can’t process phosphorus. This might seem a fairly useless piece of trivia, but in instances when many pigs are all housed in one place it’s actually quite important. When phosphorus passes through their systems and piles up, it ends up in soil and waterways. This leads to algae bloom, seriously depleting oxygen levels in nearby bodies of water and killing most life there. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada think they have the answer. They’ve give ... Read More

How Much Money Do You Need?

I am not a rich man. Far from it. I try to live within my means. But I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be wealthy, to no longer have to worry about my bank balance. ... Read More

Genetically Engineer Your Own Shoes

More and more companies are offering opportunities to customize your own kicks. Nike led the charge allowing you to pick your own colors and textiles, and later companies like milk & honey have al ... Read More

Climate Change: Blame It On The Rain?

There are few things more exhilarating than the flash and crash of a summer thunderstorm. Perhaps this is the motivation for the more than 100 scientists who will spend this summer chasing lightning a ... Read More

Naturally Colored Cotton Makes A Comeback

When you picture a cotton crop, what do you see? Row upon row of budding white fluffy balls? When it comes to your typical cotton crop today, that’s pretty accurate. Here’s the thing. Cotton wasn ... Read More

Climate Change Fighting Rodents... Seriously

Last summer, I was camping just downstream of a beaver dam. The rest of my party, who all hail from Australia, had never seen a beaver before, so we paddled over to the dam and just watched them work. ... Read More

Life in Prison: A Lesson From Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor, the infamous Liberian warlord, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for arming murderous rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for blood diamonds. While the verdict was re ... Read More
Issue #53
May 31, 2012