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May 8, 2017

New artificial photosynthesis process converts CO2 in air to fuel

Posted by in categories: energy, food, sustainability

A win win, assuming it can be manufactured en mass and at a reasonable price.

Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo and his team of students created a way to use LED light and a porous synthetic metal-organic frameworks (MOF) material to break down carbon dioxide into fuel. (credit: Bernard Wilchusky/UCF)

A University of Central Florida (UCF) chemistry professor has invented a revolutionary way to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from air by triggering artificial photosynthesis in a synthetic material — breaking down carbon dioxide while also producing fuel for energy.

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May 5, 2017

Eating bogies is good for teeth and overall health, scientists conclude

Posted by in categories: food, health


It might be wise to look away now if you are eating or have a weak stomach, but scientists have discovered that ingesting bogies is good for teeth, and overall health.

Scientists at a number of universities including Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say parents should not discourage their children from picking their noses because they contain ‘a rich reservoir of good bacteria.’

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May 4, 2017

Food substitute Soylent raises $50 million amid recalls

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Soylent green anyone?

The startup, whose products are popular among busy Silicon Valley techies, has issued four recalls in the last 18 months.

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May 3, 2017

Google is betting this robot that sucks apples off trees will replace human workers

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

Orchard owners say they need automation because seasonal farm labor is getting harder to come by.

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    Apr 29, 2017

    Ontario to roll out basic income in three cities

    Posted by in categories: economics, food, government, habitats

    Ontario will provide residents in Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Lindsay with free income, part of the government’s plan to test whether the extra funds will help improve their job prospects and quality of life.

    The idea is to give the province’s working poor, unemployed and homeless residents an income to pay for their basic needs of food and housing.

    About 4,000 recipients will be randomly chosen from the three regions. One group will start receiving the so-called basic income as soon as this summer, and the remainder will be part of the control group, which will not receive any payments, according to a provincial spokesman. A single person could receive up to $16,989 per year. A couple could get up to $24,027 annually.

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    Apr 29, 2017

    Parkinson’s linked to gut bacteria

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

    For the first time, researchers have found a functional link between the bacteria in the gut and the onset of Parkinson’s disease, one of the world’s most common debilitating brain disorders.

    A team of scientists from several institutions in the United States and Europe showed how changing the bacteria in the guts of mice affected the manifestation of Parkinson’s symptoms — even including bacteria taken from the guts of humans with the disease.

    The findings suggest a new way of treating the disease: The best target for treatment may be the gut, rather than the brain. The researchers hope the new information can be used to develop “next generation” probiotics, more sophisticated than the sort of probiotics found on the shelves of health food stores today.

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    Apr 28, 2017

    This Skyscraper Concept Would Heal Icebergs and Eat Carbon Dioxide

    Posted by in categories: climatology, food, sustainability

    The “reverse climate change machine” is an honorable mention in the Evolo Skyscraper Design Competition.

    A one-stop skyscraping shop for urbane living and fighting climate change called the HEAL-BERG is among the selected entries in eVolo’s annual Skyscraper Competition, which invites the world’s designers to “challenge the way we understand vertical architecture.” The mammoth pearlescent structure would simultaneously cool Antarctic ocean water, scrub carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and generate electricity with saltwater and wind turbines, creating what the designers call, a “reverse climate change machine.”

    Luca Beltrame and Saba Nabavi Tafreshi created HEAL-BERG as a response to a potential future in which, “climate was changing at a rate exceeding most scientific forecasts; oceans warming, air pollution and climate change were caught in a discernible self-boosting loop. In the speculative world they’ve created, it’s 2039, 21.5 million people are being displaced annually due to climate change and, “the complex patterns representing the world were doomed to collapse.”

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    Apr 27, 2017

    Designing the hanging gardens of Mars

    Posted by in categories: business, food, space

    NASA is all about solving challenges, and the goal of having a prolonged presence in space, or a colony on Mars or some other world, is full of challenges, including the necessity of growing food. Scientists at Kennedy Advanced Life Support Research are working on the Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse Project to try and meet that challenge.

    The Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse Project (PLMGP) is all about growing vegetables for astronauts during extended stays on the moon, on Mars, or anywhere they can’t be resupplied from Earth. Beyond growing food, the Project aims to understand how food-growing systems can also be a part of systems.

    We’re working with a team of scientists, engineers and small businesses at the University of Arizona to develop a closed-loop system. The approach uses plants to scrub carbon dioxide, while providing food and oxygen,” said Dr. Ray Wheeler, lead scientist in Kennedy Advanced Life Support Research.

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    Apr 21, 2017

    Shanghai planning huge vertical farm, looking to change the way it feeds its 24 million residents

    Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

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    As Shanghai continues to expand outward, replacing agriculture with urbanization, a US-based design firm is looking to reimagine the way that Shanghai grows food to feed its 24 million people.

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    Apr 20, 2017

    Is Beet Juice the Secret to Staying Young?

    Posted by in categories: food, life extension, neuroscience

    Beets are a common sweetening ingredient in the juices you’ll find at most health food stores, but a recent study found another reason to drink the bright red juice: It has anti-aging benefits.

    Researchers at Wake Forest University knew that exercise has positive anti-aging effects on the brain, and were looking for ways to increase those benefits.

    “What we showed in this brief training study of hypertensive older adults was that, as compared to exercise alone, adding a beet root juice supplement to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what you see in younger adults,” W. Jack Rejeski, co-author of the study, told EurekAlert.

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