Monthly Archives: November 2010

NASA press conference to discuss an “astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life”

NASA press conference to discuss an “astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life”

The details are being kept under wraps until NASA’s 2 p.m. EST news conference on Thursday but a press release on the NASA site indicates the conference will discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life … learn more→

Sustainable Food and Farming: Reflections

Sustainable Food and Farming: Reflections

What questions or thoughts do you have about this series of 12 blog posts? … learn more→

World migrants could total 405 million by 2050

World migrants could total 405 million by 2050

Migrants who have crossed borders in search of work and a better life could exceed 400 million, or nearly 7 per cent of the present global population, by 2050, said a report issued this week. The report, by the Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration (IOM), said movement within countries is also climbing as people move … learn more→

Growing vaccines from seed

Growing vaccines from seed

Two robots glide up and down narrow aisles in a unique factory, tending to and delivering plants to and from growth modules to processing stations. A science fiction film about the future, where people can no longer produce enough food because of the ravages of nuclear war, overpopulation, or some other devastation? No, these robots … learn more→

Building a green campus

Building a green campus

Last Monday, I attended my first UMD for Clean Energy meeting. The group’s purpose is to advocate for sustainability on and around the campus. As an environmental science and policy major, I had been wanting to check it out. Discussion focused on East Campus, a proposed development to be built across Route 1 by the … learn more→

School accredits McDonald's degree

School accredits McDonald’s degree

Manchester Metropolitan University has added another huge brand – McDonald’s – to a growing list of partners in providing corporate degrees. The University’s Business School already provides qualifications for Tesco and Booth’s. McDonald’s new Foundation Degree for managers is a two-year course which will be accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University, and marks the fast-food company’s … learn more→

2011-2019: Are we approaching the second-coming of the 1920s?

2011-2019: Are we approaching the second-coming of the 1920s?

The 1920′s was a decade that exemplifies America’s misguided version of capitalism … learn more→

Umbilical cord blood as a source of stem cells for therapeutic use

Umbilical cord blood as a source of stem cells for therapeutic use

Umbilical cord blood is a source of stem cells which may have future therapeutic uses in a range of conditions from stroke to heart disease, diabetes to leukeamia … learn more→

Distress over Pakistan floods runs deep

Distress over Pakistan floods runs deep

I have just met a young boy who spent 9 hours in the flood – he’s not spoken since. I’m at Sabzi Mandi Camp in Hyderabad in Sindh, originally a vegetable market now filled with tents and people who are unable to go home because their villages remain under water. The boy stands close to … learn more→

CU-Boulder is first campus to rank 'Gold' in national assessment of environmental leadership

CU-Boulder is first campus to rank ‘Gold’ in national assessment of environmental leadership

The University of Colorado at Boulder is the first in the nation to rank “gold” for its environmental leadership through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Ratings System, or STARS. “This accomplishment is the result of a lot of hard work by countless people in all areas of campus,” Vice Chancellor for Administration Frank Bruno said … learn more→