Archives for February, 2007
Manhattan was besieged by a fusillade of ice pellets this morning. Weather like this always makes me think of home.
More than 175 million roses are sold in the U.S. in the the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. From seedling to shipping crates, a cocktail of chemicals protects those blooms. It takes a lot of lethal pesticides to say, “I Love You.”
Tune in to daily podcasts from the route up Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and, at 19,340 feet, the highest peak in Africa. Hosted at seedmagazine.com, the series is following day-by-day progress of a team made up by: Will Cross, mountaineer and traveler Jimmy Gould, Seed board member Jo Anderson, environmental biologist
According to a recent poll conducted by ACNielsen, in cooperation with the Sydney Morning Herald, 78 per cent of Australians would be willing to drink recycled sewage water, including toilet water, provided that it was treated to drinking water standards.
Marine biologist (and Harvard Ph.D.) Randy Olsen gave up his tenured professorship to pursue a career in film. Some might call this a rash move–but it gave Olsen time to create one of the more talked-about scientific documentaries of the decade.
Most people would rather have five dollars now than ten dollars next month. One Billion Bulbs is doing its best to retrain these hoarding instincts.
An estimated 14,000 buyers from 7,000 retailers will descend on New York City this weekend to attend The American International Toy Fair. Thirteen hundred exhibitors–Richard Simmons among them–will be present to pedal their wares.
More than 85 evangelical Christian leaders have banded together to form the Evangelical Climate Initiative, a group aimed at mobilizing conservative Christians against climate change.
Researchers at Purdue University have created a portable refinery that converts food, paper and plastic trash into electricity. The prototype biorefinery generates approximately 90 percent more energy than it consumes.
It’s New York Fashion Week, and all eyes are on the models. This time, though, they are facing a new kind of scrutiny. In 2006, Madrid’s Fashion Week made headlines for banning models with a body-mass index of less than 18.5–in other words, a 5’9″ model must weigh more than 124 pounds. The resolution followed…