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Dispatches : Sep 2010

Power Your Home with Jellyfish Juice

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A team of Swedish scientists found a way to produce solar power using jellyfish goo, New Scientist reports.

Green fluorescent protein produced by the jellyfish Aequorea victoria (pictured above) can be used to create solar cells. "When exposed to ultraviolet light," New Scientist explains, the protein "absorbs photons and emits electrons, which travel around a circuit to produce electricity."

Algae also has the ability to produce electricity, however the algae energy device currently in use is only 0.1 percent efficient. Current solar cells that don't use jellyfish or algae are between 10 and 15 percent efficient, but the materials needed to make them are costly.

Learn more about the possibility of using sea life to produce energy--and maybe one day power your home. 

--Erin Beresini

Photo courtesy of Mnolf on Wikimedia Commons.

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Andy Schleck Kicked Out of Tour of Spain

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Two-time Tour de France runner-up, Andy Schleck, was sent home from the Tour of Spain for breaking team rules, the BBC reports.

Team Saxo Bank's manager, Bjarne Riis, ousted Schleck and his teammate Stuart O'Grady just before Tuesday's 10th stage. The reason? The two riders went out for a drink after dinner, and that's against team rules. Schleck was in 77th place when he was dismissed; he decided to do the race to help older brother Frank, who was in 13th place when Andy was cut.

The Schlecks announced in late July that they were leaving Team Saxo Bank at the end of this season. A few days later, three-time Tour de France winner, Alberto Contador, announced he would be joining Riis's team next season.

--Erin Beresini

Photo of Andy Schleck in the 2010 Tour de France. Courtesy of Mike Knell on Flickr.

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Video: Heuga Can Do

Heuga Can Do Trailer from Larkin Flynn on Vimeo.

This past June I had the chance to hang out in Aspen with Mike Marolt—cpa, dad, high altitude skier, and filmmaker. On that Saturday night in the bar of the Hotel Jerome, Marolt couldn't stop talking about Jimmie Heuga, the subject of his newest film.  An Olympic gold medalist diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Heuga changed the way people lived with the disease. At a time when the conventional thinking was to rest, Heuga engaged in vigorous activity. With the trailer now out, I thought it time to ask Marolt a few more questions about Heuga's story.

1) How did you learn about Jimmie Heuga?
I met Jimmie when I was 8 years old and when I got out of college and established my career as a cpa, he challenged me to pick a fight.  Any fight would be great and that everyone needs to pick one, but he asked me to pick MS.  I was on the Heuga Center for MS board for years (Now it’s the Can Do MS Center. Jimmie is still the founder).

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New Adventure Stuff You Should Read

New blogs and writers pop up constantly on the web. Here are a few new adventure related sites, reporters, and stories from this summer worth a read.

The Adventure Life Gear Blog
Steve Casimiro and crew started this new section of The Adventure Life back in June. They put gear through the wringer, comment on recent industry news, and post on new stuff they're salivating over.

ESPN Freeskiing
Former Outside assistant managing editor Megan Michelson started working for ESPN.com a month ago. In that time, she's wracked up a slew of great blogs, on topics from heated chairlifts to avalanche docs. Most notably, as part of the web site's Thinkers series. 

Gulf Oil Spill
Take your pick: The AP, Science, Nature, Mother Jones, and The New York Times have dedicated resources towards covering the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Yes, this is environmental story, but it effects every sort of recreating, from swimming to fishing to eating.

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