"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.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The Art of Bacterial Warfare
My friends know my obsession with microbial symbiosis; this artilce 'Stopping Infections: The Art of Bacterial Warfare" has more fun info, for example: "Most bacteria are well-behaved companions. Indeed, if you are ever
feeling lonely, remember that the trillions of microbes living in and
on the average human body outnu...mber the human cells by a ratio of 10 to
one. Of all the tens of thousands of known bacterial species, only
about 100 are renegades that break the rules of peaceful coexistence
and make us sick."