With so many products -- from hand soap to dish detergent -- boasting about their antibacterial properties, it's easy to think that all bacteria are bad for you.
But the world of bacteria isn't so black and white: some bacteria help, some hurt, and some
Whether I am talking about making compost as a form of animal husbandry, or musing on the analogy of compost as a yogurt for the soil, I am known for being more than a little bit geeky about the life in my rotted biomass.
Earlier this week, I wrote a post wondering whether we should think of composting as animal husbandry—given the vast array of living organisms that exist in a compost heap. Now I am wondering whether the same term
Whether looking at the selective flush and letting it mellow or recycling our poop for sustainable farming, it's no secret that I believe rethinking the way we handle our bodily waste—both human and animal—is
Dr John Todd's work creating living machines, or ecomachines, as a form of natural water treatment has long been of interest to TreeHugger. Back in 2005 Collin interviewed Dr Todd about his views on ecological design,
Getting some outdoor time is not only good for the soul, it's probably good for the mind. Research from The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, suggests that exposure to a natural soil bacterium called Mycobacterium vaccae can increase learning behavior.
Researchers went all the way up to the Arctic to study the droppings of polar bears who have little to no contact with humans in order to find out if the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs among animals are the
Some things have no business being packed up and shipped at all, like software serial numbers. But until we learn to teleport fragile objects, we're going to have to protect them for the journey. This ambitious concept called Bacs harnesses the
Sharklet Technologies, a Florida-based biotech company, has figured out a way to capitalize on shark skin - specifically on the way parasites and bacteria can't stick to sharks. The trick is in the pattern of the skin's surface.
Oct 15th is Global Handwashing Day, and since I happen to be in the handwashing business, I wanted to examine the simple act of washing our hands from a design perspective. When you apply a design lens to how we wash our hands, you
As we wait for answers on the source of the current H1N1 influenza outbreak, TED looks below the surface with a short interview with global health and emerging disease expert Laurie Garrett. Garrett is the author of
During the last weekend in April, a group of volunteers laid the final necessary pieces into Withers Estuary to reintroduce oysters to their native ecosystem. The project is part of the Withers Estuary Community Collaborative