Technology

"Revolutionary Oil Skimmer Nets $1 Million X Prize"

"A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it's the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois. And the design won the company a rich prize from the X Prize Foundation.

Oil is attracted to plastic. And water is not. That, in essence, is the basis of Elastec's new skimmer.

Source: NPR, 10/19/2011

"Molasses Used in Cleanup of Polluted Sites"

"For more than half a century, International Molasses Corp. has sold its product to bakeries and manufacturers that use the sticky syrup in cookies and candy.  But recently, the Saddle Brook company found a new and unexpected market — at contaminated industrial sites, where the molasses literally gets pumped into the soil."

Source: North Jersey Herald News, 10/12/2011
November 7, 2011

E3 2011: The Latest in Renewable Energy Innovation, at the U of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment

E3 (Energy, Economy and Environment) is the Upper Midwest's premier renewable energy conference. This year’s E3 conference showcases current technologies, environmental benefits and market opportunities in renewable energy, specifically focusing on renewable energy success stories from corporations and individuals around the world, as well as within the University of Minnesota.

November 4, 2011

CanGEA's Geothermal Power Forum & Reception in Calgary

CanGEA's 4th Annual Conference and Investment Forum will include various panels and presentations by leading speakers from the geothermal energy industry in Canada and internationally.

February 8, 2013

DEADLINE: AP-Google Journalism & Technology Scholarship

The Associated Press and Google offer a national scholarship program intended to foster digital and new media skills in student journalists. The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, administers the program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years old. Feb 8, 2013 deadline.

"Tumbling Satellite Expected To Miss North America"

"A defunct NASA satellite the size of a bus that is expected to fall to Earth on Friday will likely miss North America, NASA said.

The agency's 13,000-pound (5,900 kg) Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, has been slowly tumbling from orbit since its mission ended in 2005. It is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere and break apart on Friday."

The UARS satellite played a historic role in investigating the atmospheric chemistry behind the stratospheric ozone hole, and has been replaced by more advanced instruments gathering additional data.

Source: Reuters, 09/23/2011

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