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Less Bad vs. Good

Changing our energy infrastructure from one that contributes to climate change to one that is renewable and sustainable poses enormous challenges technically, politically, socially, and economically. There isn’t going to be a single solution, but a combination of technological changes, policy changes, efficiency gains, and adaptations to local environments will likely go a long way…

The Symbiotic Household

With The Symbiotic Household, Elliott P. Montgomery seeks to find answers to problems caused by climate change. Low-cost, low energy solutions are proposed through complex genetic engineering of domesticated insects–“What better way to deal with a future need than with a future technology?” The project is deliberatively provocative; “By offering a problematic answer, I want…

Peepee Power

There’s a terrific new article in New Scientist about some of the ways scientists are working on turning pee into energy. There’s a lot of pee in the world all going to waste, often at huge cost to the environment in terms of energy used to collect and purify waste water. Methods that can produce…

Biology, Energy, Safety

Biosafety has been on everyone’s mind this week after the announcement of the J. Craig Venter Institute’s successful transplantation of a synthetic genome. What horrible pathogen will future bioengineers be able to design? What unforeseeable environmental catastrophe will befall us upon the release of genetically engineered bacteria? These are hugely important questions as research in…