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Aug 1, 2022

Better parks, cleaner rivers: How Pa. will spend a ‘generational’ $765 million for conservation and environmental programs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, food, sustainability

Under the state budget passed last week, Pennsylvania’s conservation programs will receive a one-time, pandemic-related federal booster shot of $765 million for state parks, forests, streams, open space, farms, and home energy efficiency — an amount one environmental advocate called “generational.”

The funding means three new state parks, one possibly in the Philadelphia region, as well as a new ATV park, though locations haven’t been announced. The money, which is in addition to regular yearly budget funding, comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a $1.9 trillion federal economic stimulus bill signed by President Joe Biden last year as part of COVID-19 relief.

The ARPA funds, combined with an additional $56 million from the state’s Oil and Gas Lease Fund, and a $12 billion state surplus, mean that agencies routinely faced with declining or stagnant spending plans are suddenly getting a big lift.

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Jul 30, 2022

Creating artificial intelligence that acts more human

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

A research group from the Graduate School of Informatics, Nagoya University, has taken a big step towards creating a neural network with metamemory through a computer-based evolution experiment. Their paper appears in Scientific Reports.

In recent years, there has been rapid progress in designing technology using neural networks that imitate brain circuits. One goal of this field of research is understanding the evolution of metamemory to use it to create artificial intelligence with a human-like mind.

Metamemory is the process by which we ask ourselves whether we remember what we had for dinner yesterday and then use that to decide whether to eat something different tonight. While this may seem like a simple question, answering it involves a complex process. Metamemory is important because it involves a person having knowledge of their own memory capabilities and adjusting their behavior accordingly.

Jul 30, 2022

New bioremediation material can clean ‘forever chemicals’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, engineering, food, health

A novel bioremediation technology for cleaning up per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, chemical pollutants that threaten human health and ecosystem sustainability, has been developed by Texas A&M AgriLife researchers. The material has potential for commercial application for disposing of PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals.”

Published July 28 in Nature Communications, the was a collaboration of Susie Dai, Ph.D., associate professor in the Texas A&M Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, and Joshua Yuan, Ph.D., chair and professor in Washington University in St. Louis Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, formerly with the Texas A&M Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology.

Removing PFAS contamination is a challenge

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Jul 30, 2022

Dr. Arye Elfenbein, MD, PhD — Co-Founder, Wildtype — Building A Better Food System

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health

Dr. Arye Elfenbein, MD, PhD, is the Co-Founder of Wildtype (, a biotechnology company which produces cultured seafood (with a focus on cultivated Pacific salmon) from fish cells, sustainably and cost effectively, with the nutritional benefits, but without common contaminants such as mercury, microplastics, antibiotics, or pesticides, and without relying on commercial fishing or fish farming.

Born in Israel and raised in Australia, Dr. Elfenbein combines his deep passion for medicine and unique childhood connection to the ocean to fuel Wildtype’s health and environmental mission.

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Jul 29, 2022

A Tiny Photonic Nose Captures Odor Fingerprints

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A bio-inspired detector the size of a US penny can identify the unique odor profiles of different gases, something that could help in detecting food freshness and product counterfeits and in designing new cosmetics.

Jul 28, 2022

What Actually Are Space And Time?

Posted by in categories: food, quantum physics, space

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If you like this video, check out writer Geraint Lewis´ excellent book, co-written with Chris Ferrie:
Where Did the Universe Come From? And Other Cosmic Questions: Our Universe, from the Quantum to the Cosmos.

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Jul 27, 2022

China plans to build world’s largest water canal from Three Gorges Dam to Shanghai

Posted by in categories: economics, food

To boost economic activity and food output, China’s ambitious project takes off and might take a decade or more to be completed.

Jul 26, 2022

Natural clean-up: Bacteria can remove plastic pollution from lakes

Posted by in categories: food, materials

A study of 29 European lakes has found that some naturally-occurring lake bacteria grow faster and more efficiently on the remains of plastic bags than on natural matter like leaves and twigs.

The break down the compounds in plastic to use as food for their growth.

The scientists say that enriching waters with particular species of bacteria could be a natural way to remove from the environment.

Jul 26, 2022

A newly discovered plastic-eating bacteria could save the water sources

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Jul 26, 2022

Better bus networks for fairer suburbs can cut emissions

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Zero-emission buses will help cut emissions but we also need to redesign suburban networks to get people out of their cars, says University of Melbourne expert.

Meatable has become the latest company to reveal a new cultured food product – lab-grown sausages, which could offer a more sustainable and ethical choice for consumers in the near future.

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