Thursday, December 10, 2009

'Ziggy' Artist Draws Fight Against Cancer

"Ziggy" comic strip author Tom Wilson aims to raise $1 million for Livestrong through sales of his memoir and in honor of his late wife.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Want to be an Innovator? New E-Book Series Tells You How

The series, Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value, offers advice on how to be an innovative thinker, how to inspire innovation within an organization, understanding the process of innovation, and more.

Read more, in the December 2009 issue of Today's Engineer.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Engineering — The Silent "E" in K-12 Education

What is the future of precollege engineering education in the United States? What learning opportunities do engineering curricula provide to students? How can policy-makers bring meaningful changes to this country's educational programs? These are just a few of the questions addressed in the new NAE report, Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects.

Read more, in the October 2009 issue of Today's Engineer.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Keeping Down with the Jonses: Challenge Your Neighbors to an Energy-Bill Reduction Contest

Here's a recent Green Tech column that got a lot of notice.

Looking for new ways to save energy around your house? Try talking to your neighbors...

Read the rest here.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Extinction Countdown @ Scientific American

Continuing my big link catch-up...

One of the best places to find my environmental writing these days is at Scientific American, where I contribute around 3 "Extinction Countdown" articles a week to their "60-Second Science" blog. I cover endangered species all around the world, including quite a few that aren't getting any press anyplace else.

I'll link to some of my favorite recent articles soon, but meanwhile, here's my main page. Check it out!

60-Second Extinction Countdown @ Scientific American

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

E-Book Examines the Economic Value of Innovation

Here's another recent article, "E-Book Examines the Economic Value of Innovation," from the August 2009 issue of The Institute.

There's lots more where that came from, so stay tuned for more updates!

What Will Plug-In Hybrids Mean for America?

Whoops! I've been errant in updating this blog for -- double-whoops! -- about six months. I guess I've been too busy writing to post all of the links here!

Anyway, here's link # 1, "What Will Plug-In Hybrids Mean for America," an article for the July 2009 issue of Today's Engineer. Featuring interviews with several top technology minds, as well as Senators John Kerry and Lamar Alexander.

More links soon!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Perils, Pitfalls and Pleasures of Blogging

The Perils, Pitfalls and Pleasures of Blogging
Does blogging on your own time put you in any risk from your day job? Can it damage your career, or could it help? And if you decide to blog, what steps should you take to protect yourself?

From the February 2009 issue of Today's Engineer.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Green Science stories at

I recently started contributing weekly "green science" stories to Here are links to my first dozen or so articles:

A bevy of GreenTech Columns

It's been many months since I provided links to my three-times-a-week GreenTech column. To make up for that, here are some of my favorite stories from the last few months:

Survey Shows Consumer Electronics Industry Thinks 25% of Consumers Don't Want Green

Put Your Computer to Use for Good When You're Not Using It

Green Your Phone with Renewable Energy Credits

iPod Green: Try a Sustainable, Handcrafted Wood Sound

Cell Phone Industry Hangs Up On Vampire Power

Greenpeace Grades the Electronics Makers on Climate Leadership

The Best Christmas Gift of All: Rechargeable Batteries

Save Money and Energy -- Unplug Your Gaming Consoles!< Top 10 Things to Ask When Buying 'Green' Electronics

Do You Know How to Recycle Your Old TV?

How Businesses Can Save 25% on Energy Costs: HP Introduces Tech to Cap Power Use of Data Centers

Even Rechargeable Batteries Need Recycling -- Do You Know How?

Sometimes the Greenest Technology is Elbow Grease

Support Green Charities by Recycling Your Empty Toner Cartridges

Five Green Devices Every Home Should Have

Calculate Your 'Water Footprint'

Energy-Efficient Freezers Help You Store Organic, Local Food All Year Round

New HP Laptop Uses 97% Less Packaging

5 Ways to Green Your PC -- Without Spending a Penny

Books vs. eBooks: Which Are Greener?

Google Goes Geothermal. Can You?

Free Software Cuts PC Power Consumption

Meet the FCC's New Chief Technologist

Over the next few years, the United States will face a number of tough questions regarding the future of telecommunications, including spectrum sharing, broadband Internet, delivering services to rural areas, and the impact of peer-to-peer networks.

One man helping to answer these and other questions is an IEEE member: Prof. Jon M. Peha, the new Chief Technologist at the Federal Communications Commission.

Read more in the November 2008 issue of Today's Engineer

Monday, January 5, 2009

Extinction Blog, Oct-Dec 2008

More catch-up links!

October, 2008

Bush Admin spins its move to protect 48 Hawaiian species
Extinctions predicted for fish, red panda
2008 Red List of Endangered Species: A 'bleak picture' of the world's biodiversity
Breeding failure could doom turtle to extinction
Canada fails to protect grizzlies, killer whales
Poaching puts African fauna and flora at risk of extinction
Rare frog delays extinction for another year
Today is the last day to save the Endangered Species Act
Six degrees of kangaroo extinction
Salvation (and media attention) for endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales
Countdown to a rare plant's extinction
Rare coral cross-breeds to survive
The dilemma of the disappearing dingo
More violence threatens mountain gorillas in Congo
Wolves in the cross-hairs -- again!
The race to save Mexico's 'water monster'
Can international cooperation save the vaquita?

November, 2008

Elkhorn and staghorn corals gain added protections
Brazil's endangered species list triples in size
25% of Atlantic sharks at risk of extinction
Rabies outbreak threatens world's rarest wolf species
Hawaii gets digital TV early to protect endangered birds
A call to save the 'desperate dozen'
Endangered salmon vs. popular pesticides
Will Bush rush through changes to Endangered Species Act?
Sawfish recovery could take 'centuries'
Greed driving bluefin tuna to extinction
It takes time and money to declare a species 'endangered'

December, 2008

In war-torn Congo, a pleasant surprise
What is killing India's endangered gharials?
Australia's white possum possible victim of climate change
United Nations declares 2009 'Year of the Gorilla'
Cheetah racing toward extinction
Last 7 wild Asian buffaloes waiting for extinction
If a tree falls in a forest, so does every species that depends on it
Worst nesting season ever for endangered albatross
Bush Administration slashes Endangered Species Act
Kenya adds antelope species to its endangered species list
Terrible news for Tasmanian devils
Where to put the panther?
Why the U.S. Would Protect Penguins Under the Endangered Species Act
Slightly good news for world's rarest rhinos
'Moose Summit' warns of global warming dangers
Report: Global warming poisoning koalas

Experience Engineering Blog

It's catch-up time! I've been so busy the last few months I haven't had time to update this library blog. Well, here we go...

First up, the first four months of the Engineering Careers blog I write for Enjoy!