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The World Has a Fertilizer Problem. Bioengineered Corn Could Save Us
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
Can Factories Become Good for the Environment?
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.
Floating Cows and Manure Robots
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
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
Photo courtesy Team Ascento
She Heard the Call of Wolves
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
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
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
The world’s first solar-powered car gets up to 450 miles of range on a single charge.
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Pop-up Wetlands Helping Migrating Shorebirds
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
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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