Posts Tagged 'Waste'

Milking the System for All It’s Worth

HP Seeks To Power Data Centers With Cow Manure.

The Times (UK) (5/23, Dey) reported Hewlett-Packard “is working on plans to power its data centres using energy generated from cow manure.” Company researchers “want to build computer warehouses on dairy farms where they would be hooked up to power plants fuelled by waste.” According to the article, “just one cow produces enough waste every day to power the televisions in three typical households. A large dairy farm, with about 10,000 cows, produces enough to run one of the firm’s typical data centres and meet the energy needs of the farmer, the HP scientists believe. If it works, the scheme could potentially solve two of the world’s looming environmental problems at a stroke:” the disposal of farm waste and large amounts of energy needed to cool off data centers.

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Picky about Trash

Robot Sorts Plastic Recyclables From Trash.

The Daily Telegraph (UK) (3/2, Demetriou) reported on a “device, created by Mitsubishi Electric Engineering Corp and Osaka University researchers, [that] identifies different plastic materials among rubbish and sorts them into piles.” The robot “uses five laser beams and sensors to detect a range of different plastics for recycling purposes.” Plastic recycling in Japan is comparatively limited, and the new device “aims to boost plastic recycling levels by identifying six different types of plastics that can be recycled and sorted from general rubbish collections.”

Reposted from the March 3, 2010 ASEE First Bell.

The Fun Theory

Is it possible to change people’s behavior for the better by making something fun?  Take a look at The Fun Theory site and judge for yourself — it might just be fun!  This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better.  Be it for yourself, for the environment, or something entirely different, just so long as it’s change for the better.  Current examples include:

  • Bottle Bank Arcade Machine
  • Piano Staircase
  • World’s Deepest Trash Bin

And between now and November 15th you can enter The Fun Theory competition to submit YOUR fun, behavior-changing idea — and possibly win 2,500 euros!  See The Fun Theory Award web page for details and entry form.

Have fun!

Database of the Week: Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management

This multidisciplinary database provides comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences, including energy resources, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, water resource issues and waste management.  Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 6,000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications from 1967 to the present.

Deep Indexing

ProQuest Deep Indexing: Environmental Sciences supplements the Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database and related files with access to deep indexing for tables, figures, graphs, charts and other illustrations from the scholarly research and technical literature for selected records.  Records from the database appear with searches of the Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database and related databases to provide an additional path for discovery.

For additional information, please see the ProQuest Deep Indexing: Environmental Sciences factsheet.  You can learn more about this database from its Factsheet or begin searching the database at CSA Illumina.

The Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Database is one of many information resources brought to you by the Brown Science and Engineering Library!  Ask for a demonstration of this database or about other resources that can help you work faster, smarter and better!

(Use of this database from this address restricted to University of Virginia users only.  Please contact a librarian for assistance, if you are having trouble connecting.)

Waste Not, Want Not

The Waste Online web page provides information about all kinds of waste, rubbish, trash, garbage or what-have-you.  Check out their information sheets on various kinds of waste materials and how to recycle them.  Although the site provides a fairly comprehensive overview of all kinds of waste and recycling options, keep in mind its British point of view (e.g. variant spelling and terminology) and that the documents it aggregates are maintained (or not) by their respective authors and may not always be entirely current.


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