It's the Little Things
As regular readers will recall, these energy-sipping bulbs have an Achilles Heel, the small portion of mercury in vapor form.
A neurotxin, a cracked bulb may not a Superfund site make, but having mercury vapor sailing around your home is not something we want to inflict on our already body overburdened children.
Enter Brown University professor (trumpets sound) and student Natalie C. Johnson.
In this article in The New York Times, it was reported they may have discovered a material that can capture the mercury vapor from a broken tube.
After experimenting with tiny particles of sulfur, copper, nickel, they discovered that selenium -- "nanoselenium" to be exact -- found particles of a certain size "were capable of binding with almost all of the mercury from a lamp," according to the Times.
So keeps your eyes peeled for lamps wrapped in cloth infused with nanoselenium. In the meantime, recycle those bulbs. Home Depot now takes them for free.