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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde hypothesizes that we can use the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark tress to replace street lights. After learning about biomimicry, a method of imitating models and systems found in nature to solve complex design issues, he began working with the...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Shubhendu Sharma, a young industrial engineer who formerly worked for Toyota, was inspired by the production-line efficiency.  Inspired by the staggering statistic that we lose about 36 football-field’s worth of forest in any minute, he founded Afforestt with the idea that forests can be produced just as efficiently. He...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
As California enters its third year of drought, efforts to increase water storage include some unlikely solutions.   Researchers believe that by thinning out the overgrown Sierra Nevada forests, they may be able to increase water flows into the Central Valley. Roger Bales, a UC Merced engineering professor, says that this...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Last year, the National Association of State Foresters partnered with the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation to inform children nationwide of the importance of forests and forestry jobs under the theme “Work in Process.”  This year’s theme couldn’t be more perfect – “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future” refers to...
Monday, March 31, 2014
Springtime is the best time to tap your trees for maple, but this season, the end product might look a little different.  “Vertical Water,” a new brand name for the sap that comes from a tree which is then typically boiled down to make maple syrup, is being marketed as a new health drink.  Slightly thicker and sweeter than...
Monday, March 31, 2014
Researchers have created a greener, safer alternative to BPA using lignin, the compound that gives wood its strength.  Of the 70 million tons of lignin byproduct generated each year, about 98% is incinerated to generate small amounts of energy.  Nothing this, Kaleigh Reno, a graduate student from the University of Delaware...
Friday, March 28, 2014
In a 2-1 decision on Wednesday, March 26th, the 9th district court of appeals reversed a previous court decision which had invalidated a 2003 USDA regulation exempting the Tongass National Forests in Alaska from the 2001 Roadless Rule. The ruling remands the issue back to the District of Alaska District Court to decide if...
Friday, March 28, 2014
Using “the light of a million suns” – X-rays produced by synchrotron particle accelerators – scientists have examined the chemistry of fossilized plants.  The team found that the distribution of copper, zinc and nickel was almost identical, concentrated in distinct biological structures, like the the veins of the leaf or...
Friday, March 28, 2014
The emerald ash borer is a forester’s nightmare: the much detested insect was first detected in 2002 and has since felled over 100 million ash trees.  Aside from the obvious damage and injuries caused by falling trees, the barren streets and parks have been linked to a more long-term problem: higher rates of death from...
Friday, March 28, 2014
The EPA came out with a proposed rule this week that would clarify and extend their regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule redefines what constitutes as “waters of the US” (WOTUS) and gives more clearly defined limits on what the EPA can regulate as a US waterway. The proposal is...

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