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Shapeshifting Materials Could Transform Our World Inside Out
(DISCOVER). From medicine to space travel, Chuck Hoberman’s shape-shifting is expanding scientific research.
60 Years Of SETI: The Search for Alien Life in the Cosmic Haystack
(DISCOVER) Are we alone in the universe? What six decades of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence can teach us about this profound and eternal question.
This VR Film Shows the Beauty Hidden in Africa’s Largest Slum
(SEEKER). “My Beautiful Home,” an immersive experience created by young filmmaker Romain Vakilitabar, uncovers the energy and sense of community inside Kibera, Kenya.
Can Factories Become Good for the Environment?
(CXO). Some barons of industry are building factories that give more to the planet than they take away, saving money and creating more productive spaces for workers in the process.
The World Has a Fertilizer Problem. Bioengineered Corn Could Save Us
(DISCOVER) Multiple scientists are working to grow corn that can fertilize itself, bypassing the need for nitrogen-based products responsible for polluting the environment. Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash
This Small Island Is Taking on a Big Problem — Climate Change
A grassroots movement on Mount Desert Island aims to achieve energy independence by 2030, and improve efficiencies in the island’s buildings, transportation, food systems, and waste streams. Photo by Miro Vrlik on Unsplash
Floating Cows and Manure Robots
(EXPERIENCE). A dairy farm on the sea Aboard the Dutch vessel that’s redefining agriculture. Photo by Floatingfarms.nl
A Vaccine that Could Spread Like a Virus
(EXPERIENCE). Researchers hope to prevent the next pandemic by stopping diseases in animals.
Lab-Grown Turkey Is on the Table for Future Thanksgivings
ellular agriculture combines the latest advances in tissue-engineering, material sciences, bioengineering and synthetic biology to make animal products from the cell up. Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash
A Team of Nine Undergraduate Students Builds Innovative Jumping Robot for Their Final Project
(MATHWORKS). Photo courtesy Team Ascento
The Quantum Internet Will Blow Your Mind
(DISCOVER). The next generation of the Internet will rely on revolutionary new tech — allowing for unhackable networks and information that travels faster than the speed of light.
This Quadriplegic Indy Racer Is Mobilizing the Disabled
(SEEKER). Former race car driver Sam Schmidt is part of an open-source auto project to give himself and other quadriplegics a new kind of mobility and freedom.
She Heard the Call of Wolves
(EXPERIENCE MAGAZINE). Mexican gray wolves are feared, hated, and imperiled, and have been at the center of a roiling controversy between people who want to save the animal and those who want it eliminated. Jean Ossorio, 75, has seen more of these predators than almost anyone. Photo by Alireza Afkar on Unsplash
A Cooler Cloud: A Clever Conduit Cuts Data Centers’ Cooling Needs by 90 Percent
(IEEE SPECTRUM). The company that created it, Forced Physics, plans to install the technology in a pilot plant in February.
Stargazers Fight to Save the Dazzling Dark
Meet some of the people dedicated to studying and preserving dark skies around the world and potentially capitalizing on them to boost rural economies. Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash
Mapping Fishing Vessel Traffic Analysis
(INSIDE SCIENCE). Analysis of vessel interactions reveals large potential for illegal activities, researchers say.
Solar Developers are Transforming Vast Energy Farms Into Pollinator Habitats
Seeding industrial-sized solar power installations with native, pollinator-friendly plants is cheaper than gravel or grass and provides important forage for wild pollinators and honeybees. Photo courtesy Prairie Restorations
Sunlight Fuels This Car
(MATHWORKS). The world’s first solar-powered car gets up to 450 miles of range on a single charge.
Pop-up Wetlands Helping Migrating Shorebirds
HOW STUFF WORKS
). In California’s Sacramento Valley, farmers are temporarily flooding rice paddies to give migratory shorebirds a place to feed and rest as they travel between Alaska to Patagonia. Photo by Praveen Kumar Mathivanan on Unsplash
Soaring ‘SuperTowers’ Aim to Bring Mobile Broadband to Rural Areas
(IEEE SPECTRUM). One tethered, autonomous aerostat flying at 250 meters can provide coverage for up to 10,000 square kilometers, an area that would normally require between 20 and 30 cell phone towers. Photo by Alteros
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