Monday, July 30, 2012

Quote from Clay Johnson, author of "The Information Diet"

We industrialized our agricultural firms, consolidating them into multinational, billion dollar publicly traded corporations. As a result, they no longer have nutritional responsibility, they have fiduciary responsibility. And that fiduciary responsibility makes them not create healthy calories, but cheap, popular ones.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Aeroponics (using mist in place of full submersion)

LED lights are far more efficient than incandescents, but enough light to drive photosynthesis will still require significant power, so one still might ask where the power is going to come from.

Farm Bill in House a Giant Leap Backwards

See this EcoWatch article, and visit their Farm Bill page for related articles.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

TE+ND Rover in Boca Bearings competition

In case you've forgotten, here's a video that provides a clear explanation of the concept behind and the mechanical workings of the TE+ND Rover.

For more, check out their page on the competition website. You can vote using either a Facebook ID or email address.

Oh, by the way, Prospero is also a contestant.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Field Robot Event 2012 in Video

The first video in this playlist is a presentation given last year at the announcement of the event. The rest were taken at the event itself, and show the nature of the competition as well as something of the level of sophistication of the competitors.