Legendary Air Force Thunderbirds Give Camelina Jet Biofuel a Workout

thunderbirds use biofuel

It’s showtime for camelina, a modest, weedy little plant that has started to make a big splash in the biofuel world. The U.S. Air Force took camelina under its wing a couple of years ago and tested it out on the A-10C Thunderbolt II, and it must have done pretty well because for the first time ever a camelina based jet fuel has been used by the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s official aerial demonstration team. The decision to use camelina for the Thunderbirds is significant because it underscores the U.S. military’s evolving mission of bringing new sustainable technology to the civilian world. Appropriately enough the first show with camelina took place for the Joint Services Open House last week at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

For More: Legendary Air Force Thunderbirds Give Camelina Jet Biofuel a Workout – CleanTechnica: Cleantech innovation news and views.

Welcome To Nature Reel

Hey everyone, welcome to our new site! Sarah and I came up with the idea to share interesting stories, links, and ideas that we find  on the internet that impact our communities near and far. Primarily we will be focused on positive content that centers around the environment, sustainability, and other words of activism. We may also post tips, tricks, and general geek wisdom that may be beneficial to your everyday life in this fast paced world of technology as the yin to the natural yang.

The site is in the beginning stages and will have a facelift in the near future as we continue to build on our ideas.

May 26th Natural Step Webinar

May 26th Natural Step Webinar

Enlisting Others: Bringing About Participation in Sustainable Community Planning with guest speaker Sarah James

via May 26th Natural Step Webinar.

This is a great organization for people that are interested in promoting and creating sustainability in the Fox Valley.      I am looking forward to coordinating a booth with students from the Fox River Academy at the upcoming “Green Market” that will be taking place once a month at Appleton’s local Farmers Market.

I will keep in touch with our growing progress!


Arbor Makes Pop Art Adorned Skateboards Out of Bamboo and Sustainable Wood

arbor Hybrid skateboard

arbor Hybrid skateboard

Skateboarding has always been a green way to get from point A to point B – whether boarders think that’s an important point or not. The folks over at Arbor are making this alternative mode of transportation even more green by making decks, trucks and wheels of sustainable materials like bamboo. The boards are just as durable as wooden decks, and have awesome art options just like regular decks.

For more: Arbor Makes Pop Art Adorned Skateboards Out of Bamboo and Sustainable Wood | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

Turtles follow the sun even before they have muscles

turtle embryo

turtle embryoAlthough turtles have a limited control over their internal body temperature, they do respond to temperature differences in complex ways. These include things like basking in the sun to raise their temperatures, responding to the cold by hibernating, and even determining the sex of their offspring via the ambient temperature that the eggs develop as. So, it’s not a shock to find out that turtles start physically responding to temperature differences before they even hatch from an egg. What is surprising is that these responses occur before there’s much in the way of a skeleton or nervous system to support it.

For More: Turtles follow the sun even before they have muscles.