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Assuming we did colonize Mars, could we garden there? Based on scientific data revealed by Pathfinder and other space missions, the answer turns out to be a qualified yes. Farming even a tomato plant on Mars would be the equivalent of raising a redwood grove on a raft in the Pacific: it’s theoretically possible and technically achievable — just not practical.
As we daily see new pictures of the tiny roving robot exploring our neighbor planet, NASA scientists don’t discount the possibility that a form of primitive life — perhaps plant life — may already exist on Mars. Or perhaps existed at one time and is now extinct. One of the researchers exploring this angle is Dr. Jack Farmer, who works in the exobiology branch of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View.
“It wouldn’t be like a plant you would grow in your garden,” suggests Farmer. “It would probably be a microbial organism, something tiny and single-celled and maybe photosynthetic. Farmer is an exopaleontologist, following up tantalizing leads such as the meteorite thought to be from Mars that appears to have chemical signatures indicative of life forms. “We’re going to be getting a piece of that meteorite here at Ames,” he says.
One of the reasons Pathfinder’s roving robot is looking at rocks is to see if they might be the type to hold a fossil record of ancient micro-organisms that may have once lived. Its more important role, says Farmer, is to lay the groundwork for a mineral analysis of Martian soil.
If there is life on Mars, Farmer suggests, it’s down below. Deep down, below a layer of ice that appears to cover the surface of Mars like a frozen tundra.
“If we were going to look for living organisms, we’d need to go deep below the surface, several kilometers down just to get through the ground ice,” says Dr. Jack Farmer, “It’s a job that would probably require humans, with big drilling rigs”
On the next few missions, roving robots with tiny scoops take what samples they can, and an orbiting surveyor scheduled to reach Mars this fall tunes up a thermal emission spectrometer to discover minerals below the ice. Farmer also hopes future missions will pinpoint areas where the ice is thinner, where thermal gas vents with a concentration of water vapor indicate liquid water below the surface — a likely spot where living organisms, …
Phil Adkins only wanted a way to stop his employees from dripping chemicals all over his farm.
He was disgusted with wasting expensive pesticides. He was determined to both save a dollar and elevate safety. On HIS farm. What he invented – Empty Clean – was so efficient and so needed that Adkins is now responsible for elevating safety and alleviating waste on farms in three countries.
Empty Clean, in fact, works so well that in 1993 Agricultural Engineering Magazine named it one of the Outstanding Innovations in Product or Systems Technology when it compiled its list of the Top 50 Contributions to Agriculture.
Not bad for a first-time inventor who only wanted to find a better way to empty and clean pesticide containers.
“Mainly,” Adkins says, “the people working for me were wasting too much chemical and not getting the containers clean.” So he started tampering with the process.
Before Empty-Clean, the workers opened the pesticide container, climbed on top of the sprayer, and poured it in. “They were spilling it all over their shoes and everywhere else,” he says.
Empty-Clean eliminates much of the hands-on work with pesticides. “It takes the chemical out of the container and puts it in the spray vehicle,” Adkins explains. “It does it without having to pick (the chemical) up or pour it or splash it or whatever.”
With Empty Clean, the chemical flows from the container to sprayer via a hose. A hand-held portable unit both empties and pressure-rinses pesticide containers at ground level. A portable round pad captures any spills in a 100 mesh-screened sump to prevent waste and ground contamination. The power source for the unit is the discharge hose on the farmer’s nurse tank pump and requires 30 – 50 PSI.
The farmer only has to cut the hose coming from his nurse tank pump and attach Empty-Clean. Then, with his pesticide container on the containment pad and at ground level, he removes the cap, inserts the hose, and turns on Empty-Clean. It removes the pesticide and pressure rinses the container with clean water, sending the entire contents, including the rinsate, into the spray rig.
The Empty-Clean process is efficient, economical and easily explained. But not even Adkins can fully explain the process that led to the invention.
“I just kept working on a better way and one day it all happened,” according to the 60-year-old farmer from Cordele, …
Want to declare independence from garden chores this summer? A good way to start might be to shave the time it takes to mow your lawn or trim your flower beds, by adding a hardscape border between the two.
A flat, paved edging four to six inches wide will accommodate the wheel of your lawnmower so you can cut a fast, clean edge — no more messing around after the fact with clippers and string trimmers.
Setting a six-inch border around an 50 x 50 foot lawn reduces your mowing surface by 100 square feet, but the real time saver is that you won’t have to go back later to trim. If you have a small, mostly decorative lawn, adding a “mow band” makes it easier to navigate your mower in tight corners, without crushing flowers or grass. Decorative edging such as brick (perfect for a city garden) will emphasize and set off your emerald oblong of turf like the jewel it is.
A brick border can be installed in a weekend and is especially easy if your lawn edges have straight lines. Simply remove the turf and excavate to four inches. Lay down a strip of weedblocking fabric and a bed of sand to set the bricks in, and wedge them in tightly, as if you were making a narrow little path.
For a more casual edging, use narrow, flat flagstones or set 12-inch square quarry tiles as the transition between your grass and a raised patio or raised flower beds. You won’t have to excavate as deeply — but you should use the weedblocking fabric and sand to settle the tiles or flags firmly.
For curved lawn edges, professional landscape contractors can pour you a sinuous ribbon of concrete — nothing else looks so crisp. As a visual effect this can make your lawn look like a deep green pool, cool and inviting in the hot summertime. Ornamental grasses, iris, and lacy, hardy papyrus Cyperus papyrus planted so they will arch across the mow-band heightens the pool effect.
If your garden was professionally installed, you’ve probably got header boards (also called bender boards) between your turf and flower beds. These are thin, pliable sheets of wood, squeezed three or four sheets wide, usually set in to a depth of a few inches to prevent grass from spreading into your shrubs and perennial border. These do a good a …
Photography which was invented over 150 years ago is in the misdt of a radical transformation. The merging of camera and computer technology will eventually break the bond between photography and film. Current technology will allow you to take digital pictures at medium resolution but the cost is steep. A digital camera that will capture enough data to produce an adequate 8×10 print will easily set you back $8000. That’s in addition to a computer for processing your images and a high quality dye-sublimation printer for output which could easily match the camera cost. To top it off the stability of dye-sublimation prints isn’t great. The bottom line is that technology has a long way to go before film will become obsolete.
Today’s technology does however provide powerful tools for imaging with computers. It has allowed me to merge my favorite hobby (photography) and my profession (computer engineering). My principal goals are to have a digital reference/database of my images and to produce video slide shows (VSS) to share my images with friends. As long as my “spare” time permits the production of this newsletter is relatively easy given the tools/toys at my disposal. All of my original images are still on traditional film (mostly slides). Utilizing a Nikon Coolscan (current street price $1400) I can scan 35mm slides or negatives at resolutions up to 2700 dots per inch (dpi) which is roughly the same as a photo-CD. 2700 dpi produces enough data to produce an adequate 8×10 print. It would be nice in theory to scan all images at maximum resolution but practicality dictates otherwise. A scan at maximum resolution with the Coolscan can take 10-13 minutes and produces a 25 megabyte Windows bitmap file. My patience and disk space would vanish quickly doing this. For my current requirements I generally scan at 300-600dpi depending on the cropping of the original image. The files are typically 400-700k bytes.
Producing VSSs is my primary activity since scanning all my images to produce a comprehensive reference is a pipe dream. The first step in creating a VSS is just as hard as creating a traditional slide show. You have to edit your images down to the select few you want to show the world. Once this is done then the scanning process can start. This is by far the most time consuming part. I limit my scans to 300-600dpi due to …
The Earth’s oceans teem with biodiversity, a veritable underwater rain forest that supplies countless foods, medicines, and raw materials. About 9,000 species of fish are exploited for food and constitute the primary source of protein for many coastal societies. Now bioprospectors, who search for new pharmaceutical drugs by analyzing the chemical compounds of plants and Rhinopias fishanimals of the world’s forests, are exploring marine environments.
We have only begun to understand the benefits we can derive from the sea.
Like the rain forests, the underwater world, is severely threatened. The sad plight of marine animals such as whales, seals, otters, and sea turtle is well known. However, the on-going disappearance of coral reefs worldwide may carry far more serious consequences for marine biodiversity. Some of the highest-recorded diversity exists on coral reefs, where a multitude of corals, fish, sea anemones, starfish, and urchins make their home, breed, and shelter their vulnerable young.
Clearly, the seas are not inexhaustible. In some of the world’s greatest fisheries, including the Gulf of California and Georges Bank, fishermen have seen declines in their catches drastic enough to warrant fishing bans. Throughout the tropics, pollution, siltation, and the use of cyanide and dynamite fishing are wreaking havoc on coral reefs, among the richest marine ecosystems.
CI began its coastal marine conservation projects ten years ago in the Gulf of California, still one of our two main program areas in Mexico. Over the past few years, a host of new marine programs have been added, ranging from the Abrolhos Reef in Brazil to Tubbataha in the Philippines to the spectacular Indispensable Reefs in the Solomon Islands, where we carried out our first Marine Rapid Assessment expedition in 1994.
CI extended its biodiversity conservation programs to the marine realm because marine biodiversity is a major component of global biodiversity. The strawberry coralavailable habitats – from the ocean trenches 35,000 feet deep to the air above occupied by birds – truly dwarf terrestrial ecosystems in size. Furthermore, we finds that a major portion of animal life is found in the ocean. While only one phylum of animals is restricted to the land, fully 14 are found exclusively in the marine realm. Yet, our ignorance of marine biodiversity equals our ignorance of the deepest and most remote rain forests. It is estimated that our total knowledge of the terrain of deep ocean trenches is roughly equivalent to an area …
Paris. City of lights, city of beautiful women, city of good cheese and wine, city of the Moulin Rouge, city of Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame. Is that all? Well, wait and see.
I have been to Paris a couple of times but never really spent any time there just to stroll through the city and do the tourist things. A quick weekend-like stint of a day and a half wouldn’t hurt, I figured.
Air France brought me to Paris. That was an adventure by itself. I don’t give a damn about which airline I fly; usually the cheaper, the better. France has a bad reputation in many countries for being intolerant concerning the language used by tourists and for being impolite. But that is a just a reputation, or isn’t it? I put such opinions away as stereotypes that shouldn’t be trusted and naturally I always give all people the benefit of the doubt. One shouldn’t conclude too much from a few single experiences and some hearsay. The Air France staff taught me another lesson. Sometimes reputations are built on facts. The flight attendants snapped at me like Rotweilers with rabies would snap at a blind passenger hiding on board illegally. They make sure to let you know that they hate serving you. They skip you when it comes to meal time, they ignore it of course if you press that little attendant light and if you dare to lift your hand to point out that you didn’t get any food, they are deeply insulted, give you a demeaning look implying “who the hell do you think you are that you can wave at me” and keep ignoring you even more. My neighbor didn’t have any more luck either. He didn’t get a meal and when he asked for a glass of water later the answer was simple “not now” with the facial expression adding “get lost”. A lovely attitude. True politeness in its most pleasant form. It gets even better though. Somebody was on strike at Paris’ CDG airport and many flights were canceled. When I inquired who is on strike the following conversation started:
Me: Who is on strike?
She: Oh, everybody is on strike!
Me: Everybody? Is British Air on strike?
She: Oh, yes.
Me: Is Lufthansa on strike?
She: Oh, yes.
Me: Is it the pilots or the ground personal that is on strike?