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Feb 9, 2020

8 Year-Old Mexican Girl Invents A Solar Water Heater & Wins Nuclear Science Prize

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, robotics/AI, science, sustainability

Innovation comes from all ages, and this is further seen in the story of Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz, an eight-year-old girl from Chiapas, Mexico who invented an entirely solar-powered device for heating water. The impact her invention could have on others around the world is immense, and this has inspired the UNAM’s (National Autonomous University of Mexico) Institute of Nuclear Sciences to award her.

To those in developed countries, her invention may not seem all that revolutionary as access to warm or hot water is commonplace, but for those in many other areas of the world, including her town in Mexico, this would be a luxury.

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Feb 9, 2020

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Soil Makes Your Brain Happy

Posted by in categories: biological, food, neuroscience, sustainability


Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain as prozac, without the negative side effects and potential for chemical dependency and withdrawal.

It turns out getting in the garden and getting dirty is a natural antidepressant due to unique microbes in healthy organic soil. Working and playing in soil can actually make you happier and healthier.

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Feb 8, 2020

Plastic Eating Plants: Will they Save our Environment?

Posted by in categories: biological, food, particle physics, sustainability

Circa 2016 o.o

Americans dump 251 million tons of trash annually into landfills. Bike seat ripped? Toss it. Hole in the old garden hose? Get rid of it. Spandex not tucking in your tummy? Loose it and replace it. This linear process of extracting a resource, processing it, selling it than discarding it is creating a mound of trash dangerously equivocal to the ball of trash in Futurama episode 8 season 1.

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Feb 7, 2020

Kenya Installs The First Solar Plant To Turn Ocean Water Into Drinking Water As A Potential Solution To The Global Water Crisis

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About 2.2 billion people in the world do not have access to drinking water services that are managed safely.

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Feb 7, 2020

Congress Proposes Nationwide Network of Electric Car Chargers

Posted by in categories: government, sustainability, transportation

Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Andy Levin have introduced a new bill that would build a national infrastructure for electric vehicles.

The EV Freedom Act would allocate the resources for the U.S. to build a nationwide network of electric vehicle chargers within five years, Reuters reports. That would alleviate a major hurdle to widespread electric car adoption, making it far easier for the population to transition away from gas power.

Feb 7, 2020

Dr. Dean Ornish

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

Reverse disease following Dean Ornish’s program.

The Ornish channel is designed to help people improve their health through learning about sustainable lifestyle changes, while also connecting with others on…

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Feb 7, 2020

Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills

Posted by in category: sustainability

Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives.

Feb 6, 2020

Cuba’s rivers run clean after decades of sustainable farming

Posted by in categories: food, health, sustainability


Despite centuries of colonization and agriculture, Cuba’s rivers are in good health.

Sugarcane and cattle farming on the island date back to the late fifteenth century. To measure water quality in Cuba’s rivers today, Paul Bierman at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Rita Hernández at the Cienfuegos Center for Environmental Studies in Cuba and their colleagues sampled water in 25 river basins in central Cuba. This is the first time in more than 60 years that scientists from Cuba and the United States have joined forces to study the island’s hydrology.

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Feb 6, 2020

This Renewable Energy Device Powers 100 LEDs with a Single Drop of Water

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, sustainability

What if an umbrella could charge your phone? By tweaking well-known principles, scientists have created a highly efficient generator that can pump out lots of renewable energy with just a bit of water.

Feb 5, 2020

Scientists Release Genetically Engineered Moths for First Time

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, genetics, sustainability

The diamondback moth is a huge pest. It eats a variety of crops, but is largely resistant to insecticides, resulting in upwards of $5 billion in losses every year.

That could soon change, though, as an international team of researchers has created a strain of genetically engineered diamondback moths that could suppress the pest population in a sustainable way — and they just released them into the wild for the first time.

For the study, published Wednesday in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, the researchers engineered the moths so that when the males of the strain mated with wild females, the female offspring would die during the caterpillar life stage.

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