A&E suspended Phil Robertson of Duck Commander / Duck Dynasty fame for giving his opinion of homosexuality in a GQ interview. We support Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, and Phil Robertson / Duck Commander. We are boycotting A&E shows and advertisers, and are supporting Duck Commander directly. and ask our friends to do so as well! If you don’t support his opinion, at least support his right to have one!
In the next two decades, almost two billion additional people are expected to populate the Earth, 95% in developing or underdeveloped countries. This growth will create unprecedented demands for energy, food, water, transportation, waste disposal, and infrastructure. The role of engineers will be critical in fulfilling these demands but today’s engineers lack the skills and tools to address the problems that people in low income areas face.
Login to the 2013 Knovel Virtual Conference to watch Engineering in Sustainable Human Development: Challenges and Opportunities on demand. In this session, Bernard Amadei, PhD, NAE, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder and Founding President of Engineers Without Borders, will discuss the gap between today’s technological advances and the needs of the world’s majority. He’ll share how engineering for the developing world presents different challenges and requires a new way of thinking and approaching technical and non-technical issues.
Who should attend? Engineers who want to start the new year with a resolution to be more socially responsible by improving the livelihood of communities around the world through engineering and contributing to the building of a more sustainable, stable, and equitable world.
I designed a very inexpensive and simple to use water level monitoring project. Using an inexpensive microcontroller and ultrasonic sensor, there are no moving parts. Installed in the top of a tank, it monitors the distance to the water, and knowing the height and radius of the tank, displays the number of liters (or gallons) left in the tank. You can display the output on a LCD, or transmit it over your home network to your PC.
With alcohol fuel, you can become energy independent, insulating yourself from fuel shortages and price hikes. Alcohol fuel is “liquid sunshine” and can’t be controlled by transnational corporations. You can produce alcohol for less than $1 a gallon, using a wide variety of plants and waste products, from algae to stale donuts. It’s a much better fuel than gasoline (burns cleaner, and allows awesome power increases, due to compression increases and timing advances), and you can use it in your car, right now. Do not confuse this with “gasohol”! You can even use alcohol to generate electricity. Alcohol fuel production can be ecologically sustainable, revitalizes farms and communities, and creates huge new opportunities for small-scale businesses. Its byproducts are clean and valuable. Alcohol has a proud history and a vital future.
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Think for a moment about all the trash you produce in a day. If you’re like the average American, you generate 4.4 pounds of trash in just one 24 hour period. Instead of all that trash going into a landfill, help us ensure that more of it gets recycled and given a new life.
November 15 is America Recycles Day, and we’re working with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) to encourage the entire country to recycle more. Americans recycle just 35 percent of our waste, and we need YOU and your readers to help us change that.
Take the I Recycle pledge today, and tell us what you pledge to recycle more. You can make your pledge go even further through our America Recycles Day Thunderclap, which will post a synchronized message of support on the Facebook or Twitter accounts of all our supporters at the exact same time on America Recycles Day. All it takes is one click!
Help us make as big of an impact as possible with our recycling campaign. Here’s what else you can do:
· Share our America Recycles Day Thunderclap with your social media followers. The more people that spread the word, the more people we will reach.
· After you have signed the America Recycles Day pledge encourage your readers to do the same. Ten lucky people who take the pledge will win a park bench, made from recycled materials, of course!
· Direct your readers to IWantToBeRecycled.org to find the nearest recycling center near them. The website also contains facts on what materials can be recycled and what they can become in their new lives.
Thanks for supporting this important campaign!
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We have been involved with Bio Methane digestion for about a decade or so, and we were honored to work with Al Rutan, The Methane Man for several years before he died. By no means am I a methane guru, but I have friends who are. I’d like to introduce “The Complete Biogas Handbook“, by David William House.
Reviews by Experts
“Hoo BOY, is it complete! …So lots of the numbers you need are here, and many hard-won tips are shown from often bitter experience.… The book’s main value is in showing how to do things that have been glossed over or ignored in other books, such as burning methane in a gasoline engine. If biogas interests you enough to consider making a generator, this book is your next assignment.”
J. Baldwin, The Next Whole Earth Catalog
“This readable book provides a comprehensive survey of the theory and practice of biogas production. The author discusses the scientific terms used, the substances (such as manure and plant matter) which can produce biogas, and various types of biogas generators.”
Mother Earth News
“House… has written a thorough introduction not only to biogas plants but to the ancillary problems such as gas utilization, engine/generator interfacing, refrigeration, and similar topics.”
Alternative Sources of Energy
“…bringing together material of importance that has hitherto been spread far and wide.”
Steve Smyser, Organic Gardening
“I ordered your book several months ago and have been very excited to find one single source with so much great information in it. It is, without a doubt, the best book out there on small digesters! Bravo, sir! I am currently writing a fact-sheet on micro-digesters and their potential for sustainable farms in the U.S., and your book will be at the top of the recommended reading section.”
Rich Dana, an Energy Specialist working for the National Center for Appropriate Technology
Read more including free chapters at http://www.completebiogas.com/index.html
A few years ago I designed a online battery load calculator, but Trojan (one of our favorite off grid battery manufacturers) came out with a good configuration tool. This calculator is a tool to help you determine the model and quantity of Trojan batteries needed for your renewable energy or backup power system. The calculator recommends batteries based on your inputs and the results are ranked according to cycle life performance.
Check it out at http://www.batterysizingcalculator.com/
My name is Lloyd Godson (www.lloydgodson.com); the 2007 Australian
Geographic Adventurer of the Year for living underwater in my BioSUB. The BioSUB was the world’s first self-sufficient underwater habitat that utilised a plant based life support system. You can read an article about it which appeared in the Australian Geographic magazine here:
In 2010, I spent two weeks living underwater in the Atlantis by Sealife Aquarium in LEGOLAND Germany while setting a new Guinness World Records for generating the most electricity by human power underwater. I have also pedalled a human-powered submarine through the Greek Islands!
I am currently living in Port Macquarie, Australia and have started working on a new community-based adventure project titled ‘Sea Stars of STEM’. The aim of the project is to encourage young people from around the world to undertake Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.
The idea behind Sea Stars of STEM is to present school children with an exciting challenge (in this case to design and build an underwater habitat fit for a superhero) and guide them through it from concept to delivery with some industry support. I’ve found an amazing school here in Port Macquarie (Newman Senior Technical College) that has the facilities and capabilities to tackle the challenge with their students. They also happen to have a Marine Discovery Centre located onsite:
In order to help raise the funds I need to get things going, I have created a peerfunding campaign on StartSomeGood that I could really use your support on: http://startsomegood.com/superhero. So far I’ve raised $13, 642 of my $33,000 Tipping Point target. With just 21 days remaining, I urge you visit the link, watch the video and contribute toward my project in any of the following ways:
1. Pledge your support.
2. Share it with your network or with specific people that you believe would be interested in supporting this Community-based Science and Technology project.
3. Give me a shout out on your social media along with the link.
Thanks kindly for your help. If you would like any additional information please let me know and I would be happy to give you a call or answer any of your questions via email. Let the challenge begin!
M: +61 455 813 281