Monday, November 24, 2008

The 411 on Earth911

I came across this useful tool for spring cleaning (anytime). finds the most convenient way to recycle, well, pretty much anything. I just found a location 2 minutes away from home to recycle my dead motorcycle battery. All I needed to enter was my zipcode and product category.

Looks like they also have a website for water quality monitoring at local beaches... useful to check in with before trying out a new surf break.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

If you thought your shelters were good...

Shelters come in all shapes and sizes, but it's not often that you get to see one designed by ants. Granted the narrator is no David Attenborough, but try NOT to be amazed when you see the results of excavating the 10 tons of concrete scientists poured into a leafcutter ant colony. For those impatient types, it starts getting good after 4:00.

The ant colony covers an area of 538 square feet, much bigger than any tent we produce. (via