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US Scientists Create ‘Artificial Life.’

In India, Science on May 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm

It’s no longer science fiction. This is real. Read the full post at BBC for the who’s, what’s and how’s.

These two quotes in the article grabbed our attention regarding the extremes of how good or bad this new invention is.

“If we can really get cells to do the production that we want, they could help wean us off oil and reverse some of the damage to the environment by capturing carbon dioxide.”

“These could be used in the future to make the most powerful bioweapons imaginable. The challenge is to eat the fruit without the worm.”


Data Centers Powered By Cow Dung Are Possible.

In Environment, India, Science on May 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Chandrakant Patel, a scientist at HP Labs in Palo Alto, calls [it]”a symbiotic relationship between manure and IT.” Patel, who recalls collecting buffalo droppings for fuel as a boy in rural India, says the ancient practice of burning manure for energy can be updated with new technology, in a process his team has outlined in a paper they’re presenting this week at a conference on energy sustainability, convened in Phoenix by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. (full post here)

Ancient civilizations have so many green answers to modern day problems. But do we have the will to try them?

Chandrakant Patel is an HP Fellow and director of the Sustainable IT Ecosystem Laboratory at HP Labs. The laboratory is focused on the creation of a sustainable IT ecosystem with the goal of driving the reduction of carbon emissions throughout the global economy.  Patel’s supply and demand side approach in creating a sustainable IT ecosystem builds on his pioneering work in the late 1990s on holistically managing available energy as a key resource in data centers. (Read his bio here)

Indian Innovation At Work – Students Design Solar-Powered Helmets.

In Education, India, People Making A Difference, Renewable Energy, Science on May 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Young innovators of green technology that saves lives too….that’s a whole lot of good ideas off to the right start!

Pragnesh Dudhaiya and Aalok Bhatt, two students at the at the Nirma University of Ahmedabad in India to put together a wind- and solar-powered helmet for bikers. (Source: CRAVE, CNET Asia Blog)

Gene That Lets You Live To 100 Found.

In Health, India, Science on May 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

SCIENTISTS have discovered the “Methuselah” genes whose lucky carriers have a much improved chance of living to 100 even if they indulge in an unhealthy lifestyle. (Times online)

We have to ask why? Why would anyone aspire to live that long?

Tea Estate Turnaround. All Thanks To Vriksh Ayurveda (Organic Farming)

In Environment, India, Science on May 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm

BBC has a profile on Gossainberie Tea Estate in Assam that is well on its way to a turnaround thanks to Vriksh Ayurveda, India’s ancient plant medicine. What we in the 21st century call going organic, and not relying on chemical fertilizers.

So India’s experiment with the green revolution (subsidizing fertilizers to the point of overuse) has failed. And as the western world is just recently realizing the benefits of organic agriculture, India has been sitting with this wealth of ancient wisdom for centuries.

The answer is somewhere in between as the BBC profile show – modern management methods with ancient agricultural practices. Now how to deprogram farmers in India addicted to fertilizers is the question.

Production at Gossainbarie tea estate has gone up since it started using organic manure