Biofuels in the News in Japan

December 18, 2008 / No Comments

Biofuels are in the news in Japan. A Japanese research group is claiming a first - a cleaner/greener production of biodiesel fuel - the "non-catalytic superheated methanol method." "At a pilot plant the group was able to continuously produce 400L of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), a biodiesel fuel, out of 500L of raw material oil every day." They also succeeded in ...

Rare White Lion Cubs Born at Belgrade Zoo Reminds Us There is Hope

December 16, 2008 / No Comments

Whenever I want to be reminded there is hope for the world, I look for a baby. We have a 10-month old now who is full of life and desire and curiosity and anticipation and and.... Staff at Belgrade Zoo are showing off two new white lion cubs. They are the first of their rare species to be born in Belgrade. ...

10 Amazing Halo Images that Gamemakers Like Halo 3 Can’t Compete with

December 16, 2008 / No Comments

The halos we think are magnificent are not the kind that comes in a box - think Halo 3 - but the ring of light that can be seen encircling and extending outwards from the sun or moon. The halo is created ( I love this word) when the sun or moonlight is refracted when passing through ice crystals. There ...

Suzuki Commmits to Environmentally Friendly Cars, Quits World Rally Championship

December 16, 2008 / No Comments

Suzuki Motor Corp of Japan has made a decision between spending upwards of $50 million a year to participate in the World Rally Championships for the sake of name recognition or spend that money on Research & Development to make more environmentally friendly cars. The decision is in favor of producing more environmentally friendly cars! Hats off to Suzuki for taking the ...

Shivers Down Your Spine: Melting Ice Caps Welcome Tourists to Antarctica

December 15, 2008 / No Comments

The very fact that 46,000 cruise ship passengers have been able to make their way to Antarctica - places which would have been inaccessible 20 years ago, are good examples of the effects of global warming at the South Pole. While the world still argues about how real or unreal the threat of global warming is, the effects though are giving ...

10 Stunning Images and Legends of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

December 14, 2008 / 9 Comments

Alex came across some beautiful images of Aurora Borealis (northern lights). They are called aurora australis In the southern hemisphere. I thought it might be interesting to throw in some of the appearances of the aurora in mythology that I found at wikipedia. In Bulfinch's Mythology, Thomas Bulfinch claimed in 1855 that in Norse mythology: The Valkyrior are warlike virgins, mounted upon ...

Steve Chu to Lead Obama’s Energy Team: Hope For US Environmental Policies

December 14, 2008 / No Comments

Whether you are a political or an environmental analyst, the word you'll likely use to describe Barrack Obama's new environment team at the White House is green. From a political point of view, the team led by Steve Chu - director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and a Nobel laureate in Physics, doesn't seem to have any experience ...

Colony of Rare Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkeys Uncovered in Vietnam

December 13, 2008 / 2 Comments

Every time we talk about why each threatened species got so close to disappearing forever, the inevitable answer seems to be human activity (be it habitat destruction or excessive hunting). The Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys are one of the rarest primates on Earth. Though only 200 of them exist, new hope emerged as another group of angry-looking monkeys has been found in ...

Penguins in Santa Claus Outfits

December 12, 2008 / No Comments

Here at GP we love all of God's creatures, except for maybe spiders and snakes and such (still want them safe though). We especially love animals that are cute. What we don't like it when people make fools out of animals. I mean, c'mon. We make fools out of ourselves easy enough. Why do we need to make fools out ...

Grus Nigricollis Protected in Tibet

December 12, 2008 / No Comments

Black-necked cranes (Grus Nigricollis) can be seen flying over the Lhasa river valley near Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. There are around 7,000 Grus Nigricollis perched in the natural reserve this year. Image by Jayanth Sharma Though the bird is endangered its number has been rising by 3.9 percentage annually over the past few years due to a series of protection ...