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Decentralized Solar = Energy Democracy

Coal fired plants are one of the largest sources of pollution world wide, accounting for most of the CO2 created for electricity, and large amounts of mercury and notorious coal ash. Coal is popular because it’s cheap to mine and burn, plus there is a lot of it in certain countries. Solar power has classically been regarded as eco-conscious yet costly alternative to cheap fossil fuel power but that paradigm might be starting to change.

The Sound of Science: towards robust monitoring of the optic and acoustic environments

There is a companion article at TopOc which takes a more detailed look at the science of environmental sound and light

If you look up at the sky, and it seems to glow orange and drown out the stars, you're looking at light pollution.

The ArkFab Earthship Breaks Ground - Great News from the GTech Green Phoenix Project!

ArkFab's Earthship

Green Phoenix, an ArkFab umbrella project operating out of Georgia Tech, continues to develop innovative urban food production. They're putting out a call for volunteers to help with construction:

Peachtree Creek

CO2 Trouble: Arkfab's First Feature Length Report

A companion article at TopOc discusses the importance of correct documentation and an unexpected observation I made while crunching numbers for this research.

Announcing ArkFab's First Working Paper : Thermodynamics and Poker

There's a more technically oriented discussion at TopOc

The current version of the paper can be found here.

Tragic News

Liam Rattray, who founded the ArkFab project, died on May 30. A drunk driver hit his motorcycle, throwing him into oncoming traffic. The whole story is here.

Ocean Acidification: A Short Video

At a local community center, ArkFab gives a short talk and chemistry demonstration about the environmental chemistry of carbon dioxide.

The Political Economy of Antiscience

When it became clear that CFCs, a class of halocarbon refrigerant, were degrading the layer of ozone which protects us from ultraviolet radiation, the industries manufacturing the halocarbons began to turn their gears:

Experimental Flat-Panel Photobioreactor

With funding from the Center for Biologically Inspired Design I designed and built an open source experimental algae photobioreactor. Open Source Hardware plans will be released when I complete the research report.

How to grow gourmet mushrooms in your back yard

On February 20th this year I seeded a 20ft. garden bed mulched with 30lbs of wheat straw with two quarts of Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster) mushroom spawn. Less than 8 weeks later on April 13th I harvested my first flush of mushrooms, about three ounces. This is how I did it with some notes on you too can easily incorporate tasty mushrooms into your home garden.