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CFP: Pharmaceuticals out of Bounds

4s/EASST Conference Barcelona 2016 (August 31 – September 3, 2016) Pharmaceuticals out of Bounds When birth control hormones are found in drinking water and fish in streams contain Prozac, it is time to acknowledge that pharmaceuticals have gone rogue. If illness is the “new normal” (Dumit 2012),...

These plastics were collected by BabyLegs in the Mystic River, Boston. The squares on the page are 1 cm x 1 cm.

Redefining pollution and action: The matter of plastics

Complementary to the previous post: Max Liboiron, who studies plastics as a form of modern waste, has a new article out explaining why we must pay attention to the specific physical characteristics of the matter composing the discards at the heart of our studies of them. The...

Nautilus: Issue 007 Waste Endings and beginnings

In this issue we turn to the science of waste. We follow it as it leads us from the complications and trials of physical refuse, through to the new technology and art that we create in response to waste, and finally to waste’s role at the center of some of nature’s broadest narratives, including evolution and black holes. In thinking about waste, we find ourselves thinking about beginnings and endings, in all the corners of our world—a kind of “lovely ballet,” indeed.

Recycling as a Crisis of Meaning

In laymen’s terms, recycling is “good for the environment.” It involves “doing your bit” to help “save the Earth.” Yet recycling requires high expenditures of energy and virgin materials, and produces pollutants, greenhouse gases and waste; it creates products that are “down-cycled” because they are not as...