"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
BBC News - Engineers 'can learn from slime
Doncha just love the problem solving abilities of self-organizing networks? From microbial intelligence to urban planning, I continue to believe that the best solutions are found when we let the algorithms that have evolved over billions of years work their magic; connecting community catalysts allows such algorithms ...to flourish, and the work we are doing in Alaska helps confirm this notion!