"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.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
BBC News - Forensic role for hand bacteria
"You are ALMOST as unique as your bacteria" it turns out! While we've all heard aphorisms like "the clothes make the man" and "you are what you eat" the reality is that what truly makes us unique is the particular congregation of bacteria that live on us -- in fact they turn out to be more predictive of who we are th...en our own genome, as indicated by the twin studies done to date. Hmmm... perhaps we really are mere "spaceships" for micro-organisms longing to leave the hypersea...