"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
Houston, we have a problem
We lost the Cryosat 1, which was to monitor changes in polar ice thickness, to a malfunction on the Russian launchpad in 2005, now we lose the CO2 hunter -- climate skeptics must be delighted that we'll now have to wait even longer to get the definitive data. Isn't it weird that we don't seem to have such failures for... trivial telecom satellite deployments. Gremlins?