Last week I checked out Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. (Thanks Aunt Pat!) This is one of those exhibits that features “plasticized” authentic human specimens including whole-body Plastinates, organs and translucent body slices, letting one see inside actual human bodies. Plastination is the method of halting decomposition to preserve anatomical specimens for scientific and medical education. It extracts all bodily fluids and soluble fat from specimens, replacing them through vacuum-forced impregnation with reactive resins and elastomers, and then curing them with light, heat or certain gases, which give the specimens rigidity and permanence. All of the donors had agreed before their deaths that their bodies could be displayed for public education purposes. Pretty nifty, I say. It was a little strange at first, but after about 5 minutes I was incredibly fascinated with what I was seeing. If one of these exhibits ever come to your town, be sure to check it out. On to the Reads…
Why buy expensive products when you can get the same job done with a $2 bottle of hydrogen peroxide that you can find at any grocery or drugstore? It’s cheap, it’s effective, and it involves less packaging , win/win/win.
While BP faces litigation and steep fines, it is also gaining money from one of the US government’s stimulus programs. Over the next several years, as much as $308 million in federal funds, $175 million of which is directly from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will flow to a power plant outside of Bakersfield, California.
Belgium is considering whether to allow a new method of disposing of human remains that is being billed as a greener, less carbon-intensive alternative to cremation. Funeral directors in northern Belgium want the country to give the green light to resomation, a water and alkali-based process that turns bodies into a mix of liquid and minerals. Resomation uses less energy than cremation and emits significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
You may not be a car enthusiast. You may not even be 100% environmentally-conscious in your transportation choices. But neither of those points matter here, because once you take a look at these forms of chic eco transportation, you might decide it’s time for a change. (As a car nut, I love these rides…)
Solar photovoltaic systems have long been painted as a clean way to generate electricity, but expensive compared with other alternatives to oil, like nuclear power. No longer. In a “historic crossover,” the costs of solar photovoltaic systems have declined to the point where they are lower than the rising projected costs of new nuclear plants.
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