Carbon nanotubes are among the most extraordinary materials ever constructed, capable of revolutionizing industries from solar energy to space travel. But for all their futuristic promise, nanotubes pose a grave environmental health threat, and have been linked to lung cancer. Will nanotubes change the world for better, or for worse?
Archive for June, 2012
Maybe it was the first time I rode on a sakayan, a handmade pontoon boat; or perhaps it was when I sat down to hire my research assistant; or possibly it happened when I first saw bags of live, brightly colored reef fish being offloaded from boats into a truck, destined for sale to a pet store: somewhere along the way, more »
Have you ever been in northern Quebec in bug season? Black flies, horse flies, deer flies, moose flies, then a fifteen minute “bug window” – usually just before dusk, during the changing of the guard – followed by mosquitoes and no-see-ums. I’ve spent my summers in northern Quebec canoeing and portaging, splitting firewood and scouting rapids, and the bugs have more »