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Announcing Sacred Mounds, a novel of Magical Realism and Historical Fantasy from Jim Metzner, with a foreword by Hutke Fields, principal chief of the Natchez Nation.
Cyclonic hordes of insects, a telepathic despot, body-swapping sex - just a few of the surprises Salvador Samuels encounters when he is swept back to pre-colonial times, walking in the moccasins of a blind Indian - who, in turn, has been transported into Salvador's body in present-day America. Sacred Mounds Book Cover Four hundred years apart, they are bound by a mission to rescue our world, aided by the mysterious presence of the mounds. Thousands of these ancient earthworks once dotted the landscape of North America. We still don't know why they were created. Sacred Mounds suggests they are as important today as when they were made over a thousand years ago. Sacred Mounds weaves the stories of two men, each a stranger in a strange land. With the help of two remarkable women, they must find a way to save our planet and return home.
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Kids' Science Challenge: Skateboards - Envirofriendly pt. 1: The Pulse of the Planet daily radio program offers free legal online mp3 downloads, exploring the world of sound in nature, culture and science, with audio adventures, world music, extraordinary sound portraits, science diaries, and nature ring-tones; an amazing sonic experience.

Airdate: Feb 16, 2009
Scientist: Michael Bream

Kids' Science Challenge: Skateboards - Envirofriendly pt. 1

Kids' Science Challenge: Skateboards - Envirofriendly pt. 1
Skateboard manufacturing may not truly be "earth friendly," but engineer Michael Bream looks for ways to lessen his company's impact.


music, ambience skateboards

“It’s more a matter of becoming friendlier to the environment, or maybe more truthfully stated, having less of a negative impact.”

We’re listening to the sounds of a skateboard park. Skateboards are made from hard wood usually maple. And that said, is it possible to create a green skateboard one that’s manufactured with a low environmental impact. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

“We’re constantly working on ways of just reducing our impact on the environment.”

Michael Bream is founder of Gravity of Gravity skateboards.

“It’s kind of aa misnomer when you see somebody advertising a product and they say it’s environmentally friendly, because the truth of the matter is anybody who really manufactures anything that uses resources, it’s not environmentally friendly.”

[skateboard ambience]

“Right now, we’re trying to focus on recycling materials and working more with woods that come from managed forests, because we understand by making anything made out of wood, you know, it has to come from trees. There’s just no alternative, but there’s several different levels of impact that we can have, you know, based on what kind of woods and where we get them from and what we do with the scraps and the level of volatile organic compounds in the glues that are used and things of that nature.”

Do you know a third to sixth grader who has an idea for designing an environmentally friendly skateboard? Have them check out the kids’ science challenge at kidsciencechallenge.com. Kids whose ideas are chosen get to collaborate with engineers like Michael Bream to see their dream turned into a reality. That’s kid science challenge dot com.

Pulse of the Planet is made possible by the National Science Foundation. I’m Jim Metzner.