"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 - Human gut microbes hold 'second genome'
"Basically, we are a walking bacterial colony" say the scientists behind this latest report. Interestingly that is precisely what I was telling Mr. Beard's 9th grade classes when I gave my two presentations on our research in Seattle last week. The plot thickens...