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GM facilitates the Composting of 3000 pounds of Used Coffee Grounds

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(Best Syndication News) - Recycling has become more of a trend at companies. General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) has included this philosophy of recycling, in their manufacturing, but they also have this ideal in their office locations as well. One such example is GM’s Warren Tech Center in Michigan, which has managed to compost around 3,000 pounds of used coffee grounds.

John Bradburn, who is a General Motors manager of waste-reduction efforts, implemented the used coffee-ground composting project at the building where he works. He explained that every week, two 10 gallon containers full of used coffee grounds are taken by employees of the Real Estate and Facilities group and are brought home to be used for composting around their home. Initially, Bradburn was surprised to see how many coffee grounds the office went through.

Venus to pass between the Sun and Earth this summer

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(Best Syndication News) - A once in a lifetime event will happen on June 5 and 6, 2012 when Venus will pass across the Sun when Earth is aligned to see this. The event will show up as a small black dot on the Sun’s surface from our earthly point of view. Millions will be able to see this event.

The current issue of Physics World, Jay M Pasachoff, an astronomer at Williams College, Massachusetts, discusses this special Venus alignment and the event through history. Astronomers used this occurrence to develop knowledge of the how the planets orbit the sun and the paths that they travel.

Ford investigates the use of Retired Money as Green Alternative to Petroleum

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(Best Syndication News) - Ford uses recycled materials to build their automobiles and plans for more in the future because of the rising cost of petroleum. Currently the automaker uses soybeans, denim, Kenaf, plastic bottles, and recycled tires in their vehicles. The company is looking into using retired currency, dandelions, coconuts, and corn stalks, and sugar cane for their vehicles.

Currently, Ford uses a soybean-based foam material for their seat cushions, seat backs, and head restraints. By using the soybean-based product, they estimate saving around 5 million pounds of petroleum yearly. Old used tires are recycled into gaskets are used in the engine on most Ford vehicles.

How do Scientists count Penguins from Space?

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(Best Syndication News) - Scientists did not want to have to go to the lengths of enduring bitter -58 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures to get up close to count the number of emperor penguins inhabiting Antarctica. The good news is that scientists, for the first time ever, used Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images, along with some ground counts and aerial photography, to find out that the population of penguins have almost doubled from previous estimates. The study was published in the journal PLoS ONE today.

Scientists from University of Minnesota Polar Geospatial Center co-authored the research with partners from the British Antarctic Survey. The way they got the satellite images to be precise enough was in using a technique called pan-sharpening, which increases the resolution of the images. This helped them to determine the difference of a penguin versus a rock. To cross-reference their satellite penguin count the scientists also used ground counts and aerial photography.

Free Electronic Recycling offered at Staples Stores Nationwide

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(Best Syndication News) - Everyone has had a piece of electronic equipment fry out on them, and then wonder what to do with it. Instead of stacking up an electronic graveyard in the garage to collect dust, consumers can bring it to a Staples store nationwide to get it recycled for free.

Staples accept all brands of office electronics for recycling and they do not require that they were purchased from them. The electronics that Staples will take are desktop PCs, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, external hard drives, and small servers. They will also take computer printers, desktop copiers, faxes, and all-in-one printer/fax/copier equipment. Peripherals such as computer mice, keyboards, modems, routers, networking devices, and PC speakers are also taken for recycling. Paper shredders, streaming devices, landline phones, and battery backups are taken. Finally, they also will take mobile phones, GPS equipment, MP3 players, digital camcorders, and digital cameras.

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