Save the Planet, Eat Your Pet.  Two New Zealand academics have written a book about the ecological/environmental impact of pet ownership.  According to this description:  "The eco-pawprint of a pet dog is twice that of a 4.6-litre Land Cruiser driven 10,000 kilometres a year, researchers have found."   The book Time to Eat the Dog,  by Brenda and Robert Vale, is not listed on Amazon.  So, for the time being file under "too good to fact check."  (Revisited in 2014:  the book does exist.)

posted October 22, 2009, 11:30 a.m.


Nanotechnology in Agriculture.  New research shows that seeds exposed to carbon nanotubes germinated earlier and produced larger plants than non-exposed seeds.  "Those effects may occur because nanotubes penetrate the seed coat and boost water uptake." 

posted October 22, 2009  11:30 a.m.