Tips for Starting Over and Rebooting Your Life
Practice green gadget living by applying the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) and the bonus R (rethink) to all the electronic and energy-consuming devices in your life. Doing so can help you reduce your carbon footprint for the good of the planet and for the good of others. But some folks might not be living the greener gadget life that they could be living. What do you do about it You share what you do, and spread the information so that others know what to do. Sharing with others how to practice the four Rs can be as simple as making suggestions in these venues
Controversy exists over whether we should allow new life-forms to be patented. Without patent protection, companies would be reluctant to develop useful new organisms. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued patents for oil spill-eating bacteria and pesticide-resistant crops. Some have sought to patent portions of the humane genome that were sequenced without even knowing their function. However, these patent claims have been denied.
The success Pasteur enjoyed with pasteurization prompted his subsequent research focus on microbial metabolism, by which he finally laid the spontaneous generation premise to rest. Using swan-necked flasks (Figure 10.5), he showed that sterile solutions would not yield any germ growth unless reexposed to the particles within contaminated air (proving that it was not the air itself that generated new life).
These biochemical benefits, therefore, are global in coverage while being evolutionary in impact. Dating back roughly 10,000 years, applied biology had an absolutely seminal impact on the advent of civilized human life, enabling our nomadic hunter-gatherer predecessors to adopt an entirely new life-style tied to their newfound abilities with beneficially controlling and manipulating biology.
In Chapter 15, I explain how getting rid of personal information before disposing of unwanted computers and gadgets protects your identity from possible theft by potentially unscrupulous buyers or benefactors. Permanently erasing contacts, phone numbers, pictures, e-mails, and other personal information from cellphones, smartphones, and other portable gadgets is generally fast and simple.
Active dispersal involves the expenditure of energy by the organism. Passive dispersal occurs due to the movement of material the organism is attached to or caught in (e.g., wind or water). Passive dispersal can be truly passive with no energy expended, or an organism may prepare morphologically and physiologically for passive dispersal by entering a new life stage. Stages for dispersal are typically more resistant, dormant, or mobile than growth stages. The fruiting bodies and spores of fungi and myxococci are examples of elaborate life stages for passive dispersal. Passive dispersal of bacteria with water flow can occur if the bacteria are not adsorbed onto immobile soil particles or protected by soil structure. Fecal coliforms applied to the soil surface with manure can move several meters and contaminate ground or surface waters in some situations, particularly when preferential flow paths limit interaction of the water and cells with the soil. Cell size limits the passive...
With this chaos come some of the most powerful cyclonic storms in the Southern Hemisphere. Moving along Poseidon's Reach, these storms can cause huge amounts of rainfall and damage to the Pacifica Archipelago. Some manage to feed systems in the Northern Hemisphere, giving new life and strength to cyclones there.
The primeval world was oxygen-free and remained so until about 2.3 billion years ago. The level of atmospheric oxygen started rising at that time due to introduction of the photosynthesis and reached values compatible with aerobic life a few hundred million years later. The organism responsible for this significant change in the composition of the atmosphere was cyanobacteria. Oxygen is deadly toxic to anaerobic organisms, but new life forms aerobic microorganisms were able to cope with the new challenge of oxygen.
A phrase in biology that describes the continuous usefulness of most elements in nature. Cradle-to-cradle is a concept introduced by architect William McDonough, FAIA, in his book of the same name. It prescribes that at the end of a product's useful life it should be used as a postconsumer resource and given new life in the form of new products and materials or recycled into new products and materials or alternative uses.
Looking deep into the geological past, we find that the end of the Cretaceous Era and the start of the Tertiary Era is marked by the presence of a vast number of fern fossils and little other evidence of life. This phenomenon is known as the K T boundary fern spike. At that time, the devastation caused by the impact of a meteor nearly 10 km in diameter in Yucatan, Mexico, wiped out most living species on earth. Scientists believe that some fern species survived the fires and dense cloud cover around the world because ferns are very tolerant of shade, and their underground rhizomes can survive fire, sending up new shoots that will grow in soil covered with ash. The death of most other plants and animals gave these ancient pteridophytes a competition-free environment in which they flourished briefly before a succession of new life appeared in the Tertiary.
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