Hand held communications devices, space stations and men walking on the moon. Each of these was pure fantasy at one time in history. So, why not generating power from our roadways?
If a couple from Idaho have their way, the idea is about to become not just fantasy but reality. Solar Roadways, created by Julie and Scott Brusaw, is exploring the feasibility of building drivable roads using solar panels.
With the help of private funding and two phases of funding from the Federal Highway A…
Finding Energy in Our Groceries
When you think of businesses that can make an impact environmentally you probably don't think of a grocery store. Oil and gas companies, big box retailers, even paper mills and lumber yards probably pop into your mind. According to the grocery stores, they discard more than 2.7 million tons of food waste per year. The majority of that waste ends up in landfills where it decomposes and puts methane gas into the air, which we all know is not a good thing. In fact…
Our Editor, Aaron, walks into our daily writing meeting and the first words out of his mouth were literally, ”Do we like ANYTHING?" Immediately, I replied, "Moderately priced whiskey, home-made tortillas and shark fishing in a 12 foot plastic boat.”
“On the website, Gammill”, he said shaking his head, “Is there anything we like on the website?”
“Yes sir," I said perking up, “I like the pictures and the shiny buttons and the ... "
“I MEAN, we seem to constantly write about how bad things a…
I like to think of myself as a pretty savvy shopper. I cut the occasional coupon. I read product reviews on Amazon. I even once researched a pair of socks for 3 days to make sure that they were the right footwear option for my uses. You may scoff at that, but I’m telling you right now, losing a toe to frostbite or jungle rot will ruin your ballet career faster than you can say “Hey doc, does this foot look weird to you too?”
With that being said, even the savviest shopper like myself can…
About a year and a half ago, Shell Oil started drilling in Alaska. Two weeks later, they had their first accident. The Kulluk, a rig loaded with 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel, was being towed to Seattle, largely to avoid Alaskan state taxes, when it broke free of its tow line and drifted out of control before running aground. The 18-crew members aboard the rig had to be airlifted out by the Coast Guard amid 50-mph winds and 18-foot swells. Luckily, no oil spilled. The Kulluk had undergone a…