If you’ve ever considered picking backyard dandelion greens for your salad, or even if you haven’t, you may be intrigued by a recent research paper from the nexus of nutrition, food security and the urban foraging trend: Wild edible greens harvested in industrial, mixed-use, and high-traffic urban areas in the San Francisco East Bay area are abundant and highly nutritious. Even grown in soils with elevated levels of heavy metals, tested species were safe to eat after rinsing in cold water. Wild greens could contribute to nutrition, food security, and sustainability in urban ecosystems. “Wild greens,” of course, is the researchers’ term for what many among us might reflexively call “weeds,” ranging from the familiar dandelion, chickweed and sweet fennel to the more obscure cat’s ear and bristly ox tongue. (Why people so often name edible wild plants after animals or their parts — think lambs’ quarters, cattail, pigweed … [Read more...] about Edible urban weeds found to be safe, healthful, abundant — and they’re free
Abundance the future is better than you think
Ellen Ciurczak Hattiesburg American Published 12:32 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 SUMRALL — The sun is beating down on a 90-degree day at Mississippi's largest solar farm — a 52-megawatt facility located off Mississippi 42 in Sumrall. The sun's rays are vital to the operation of the facility, which provides electricity to Mississippi Power customers. It has generated more than 12.6 million kilowatt hours since June 2017 when it opened. That amount powers about 8,000 households, with the energy from the enterprise going wherever the demand is. All Mississippi Power customers benefit from it. Story continues after photo gallery. The amazing thing about the farm is that it also runs on the sun's energy. "It's all self-powered," said Tony Smith, Mississippi Power Renewable Projects manager, as he stands near a row of panels. "The solar charges a battery during the day that turns the panels at night." Smith looks out over … [Read more...] about What’s the future of solar power in the Pine Belt, as two local solar farms mark their first year?
“Water, once heated, produces steam and can propel that rocket for up to four years,” Abbud-Madrid says excitedly. “Think of [the asteroid] as a celestial gas station, with a convenience store attached.” He smiles, then adds, “Oh, thank heaven!” While the professor’s story about future astronauts making a pit stop at an asteroid on the way to more distant cosmic destinations may be fictional, it’s hardly implausible. In fact, Abbud-Madrid’s example is merely one way that humans are anticipated to utilize vast quantities of untapped resources in space. “Welcome to the nineteenth Space Resources Roundtable. Yes, my name is Angel Abbud-Madrid. Yes, that unpronounceable name that has been keeping your inbox flooded with requests and abstracts,” he says, earning laughs. “This is truly an exciting year in the era of space resources. It’s worldwide. It’s not just one country. Or one mission. … So … [Read more...] about At Mines, Angel Abbud-Madrid Is Leading the New Space Race
If I had my way, Fayetteville would stop promoting itself, stop winning national awards and hide from the rest of the world. But, I don't have much of a success record in getting my way. So all I, or any of us, can do is tell local elected officials and their staff how we think things should be in our town and region and hope for the best. One of the major quality-of-life decisions Fayetteville will finalize next year is a 10-year "Imagine Tomorrow's Parks" master plan for its city parks. And, one of the things town leaders have learned over the decades is it is wise to ask its citizens what they think then pay attention to their responses. To that end, this past month the city parks department launched 12 show-and-tell presentations. Their purpose was to show maps with park information to people across town so these informed residents can better tell city leaders what they want, where and why. Taking the parks department survey, accessed via http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/imagine, is … [Read more...] about FRAN ALEXANDER: Parks and the future
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times Supported by ByThe New York Times April 20, 2018 Days after the release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, was interviewed by Michael Barbaro, the host of the podcast “The Daily.” In a wide-ranging conversation, Mr. Comey, who was fired by President Trump last May, talked about his relationship with his former boss, the thinking behind his memos about their interactions, and his struggle with ego. The following is a transcript of the interview from the episode. [ Read highlights of the interview. ] MICHAEL BARBARO: Is everything sounding good? Yep? Just maybe tell us about how wonderful that photo experience was outside. JAMES COMEY: It was breathtaking — flashing, really. BARBARO: Yeah. [Laughs] COMEY: [Laughs] I said to you, I’ve never been … [Read more...] about ‘The Daily’ Transcript: Interview With James Comey