Two-bit Guru | Friday Link List: Organic Bhutan, soda cap siding... | Photo of snow on a trellis.

“When you direct your attention to what could go wrong, it often does.” ~Two-bit Guru~

In this week’s link list: Bhutan goes totally organic, a video about the total amount of water on Earth, using soda caps as decorative siding in Siberia, a 15 year-old develops a method for detecting cancer, a car that parks by itself, and an Earth friendly super supercapacitor.

  • Wouldn’t it be nice if an industrial society had the smarts and the cohonies to become the first to produce all of its food organically? If that were so, we know the USA wouldn’t be the one, nor probably any European country. We could go on here but the first country to go all in organically is the small (one million population) Himalayan country of Bhutan. Since they are a Buddhist nation, growing organically is philosophically a good fit. Maybe the industrial world could use a strong dose of Buddism?
  • Before you reach for a bottle of water you might want to take a look at this 48-second video that graphically shows just how little water there is on earth. Perhaps the picture wouldn’t be so scary if we had the good sense to develop a proper respect for, and connection with, nature, like the folks in Bhutan.
  • You might think life in the Siberian Taiga would be a drag but not if you’re Olga Kostina, a retiree who collected 30,000 plastic caps from soda bottles and nailed them to the side of her house. That’s one way to use up the refuse of industrial society and get decorative siding at the same time, at least if you’re as creative as Olga.
  • Here’s a 15-year-old who developed a paper sensor that detects pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer in 5 minutes for, get this, 3 cents. Today’s kids! I’m not about to tell you what I was doing when I was 15, but it wasn’t doing research at John Hopkins University.
  • How about a car that drops you off at the entrance to the parking garage and goes on to park itself with directions from your smart phone. When you come back you don’t have to look for your car, just summon it with the smart phone. I guess there are more serious things we could be working on, like industrial society’s destruction of planet earth. Oh, well.
  • You probably already know that graphene is the thinnest and strongest material on earth but, even if you knew that, you probably didn’t know that it can be used to make a super supercapacitor, and if you don’t know what that is, well, you flunk Basic Electronics. A super supercapacitor can become a super superbattery that is pretty dang remarkable. These guys made the graphene part in a DVD player. And it’s also compostable. Earth friendly as can be. If you’ve seen enough of the video you can read more about it here.