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Firefly Watch, a project of The Museum of Science, Boston

Schools versus Environment in Oregon.

Microscopic plastic beads from skin care products showing up in the Great Lakes and elsewhere.

The Wall Street Journal has a nice interactive feature called Waste Lands: America's forgotten nuclear legacy that includes maps and details on the history and current status of Manhattan Project sites.

From The Guardian, a very cool article on Steward Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog (and much more).

I continue my effort to downsize; please help me Get Rid of Stuff!.


Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo: not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offerred, without respect to their human consequences.
~Lewis Mumford ~


Carbon tetrachloride, sometimes known as Carbon tet, is a clear, volatile, synthetic liquid with a sweet odor. Historical uses for carbon tetrachloride included insect fumigant, aerosol propellant, dry cleaning solvent, and fire extinguisher.

carbon tetrachloride structural diagram
Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Unfortunately, carbon tetrachloride is persistent in the environment, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that it is likely to be a human carcinogen.