Marija Dundović

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Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

A Billboard That Condenses Water From Humidity

Peru's University of Engineering and Technology has designed a billboard that creates clean drinking water from atmospheric humidity.<p><b>At the edge of the Atacama Desert</b>, one of the driest places on earth, Lima, Peru, receives almost no rainfall. About 700,000 people have no access to clean water for …

Abu Dhabi

Energy-Generating Floor Tiles Make US Debut at NYC Prep School

Pavegen's floor tiles underfoot at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Kent | Image credit: Pavegen<p>Related:<p>“Imagine if children running, …

Bioglow's Starlight Avatar is the World's First Light Producing Plant

Taking a cue from fireflies, scientists have created the world's first light producing plant, and you can have one for your very self. Bioglow's …

Organisms

Awesome Spray Painted Illusion of a Hovering Tree Cut in Half

Graphic designer Daniel Siering and art director Mario Schuster (aka Mario Shu) have taken a solitary tree in Potsdam, Germany and transformed it into a split, hovering trunk with nothing more than some paint and tin foil. To create the illusion, Siering and Shu wrapped a section of the tree in …

A Car That Runs on Coffee, Like You (+Video)

The coffee car uses coffee-bean chaff, which is a by-product of the roasting process, as its fuel source. The chaff is broken down into carbon …

Coffee

Our Favorite Science And Technology Reads From 2013

The best long-form stuff we read this year<p>It was a great year in reading, but no one could've caught all of the amazing science and technology stories. So we've rounded up a few--from <i>Popular Science,</i> as well as plenty of other places--and placed them here for your convenience. Enjoy, and feel free …

Natural Gas

Coral surprise shows some are 'true survivors' - Futurity

A surprising discovery shows that two coral species previously thought to be one have developed different ways of surviving those harsh environments.

Tiny Beauties: Life's Smallest Wonders As Seen Through a Microscope

Honorable Mention: Proboscis of a blowfly.<br>Michael Gibson—Olympus Bioscapes<p>1 of 20<p>The universe's wonders are all around us -- you just have to look …

3 Ways Improving Your Diet Can Protect the Planet

The food choices you make daily affect your health, but they also have a major impact on the planet.<p>Increasing consumption of locally grown organic …

Big Food’s Secret Plan to Kill GMO Labeling

With the disappointing results now in from I-522, the initiative in Washington State that would have required labeling of genetically engineered food …

Groundbreaking Report Exposes Chemicals Linked to Cancer in Feminine Care Products

A new report by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) details how the feminine care industry sells products containing unregulated and potentially …

Mexico Bans GMO Corn Effective Immediately

A Mexico judge has placed an indefinite ban on genetically engineered corn.<p>Effective immediately, companies like Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer will no …

Watershed Moment Needed at Global Climate Talks

Next week’s global climate talks in Warsaw, Poland need to be guided by a new sense of urgency. After more than 20 years of talking about climate …

Breaking Free From Our Carbon Entanglement and a Dinosaur Industry

<b>By John Elkington</b><p>As I head off to Colombia, I have been thinking of the mining industry, a key contributor to the country’s economy. Threats to the …

Top Execs On The Power Of Good Mistakes

Mistakes–as long as they’re not thoughtless–can do your business more good than bad. You just need to make sure they’re the right kind of mistakes.<p>Who thinks creativity blossoms in an environment where mistakes are banned?<p>Not me, not you. Not anyone who wants to generate a steady flow of ideas in …

10 Amazing Things Kids Have Said About Past Lives

Many children seem wise beyond their years or like “old souls,” but some have said things that truly seem to hearken back to previous lives.<p>Parents …

Ani-gram-it: The game teaching science/anatomy STEAM style

<b>WHY ANI-GRAM-IT?</b><p><i>Ani-gram-it</i> takes evolutionary biology in bite sized chunks, that even a preschooler can answer, by asking you to make animals by …

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

Faces are sculpted by 'junk DNA'

Researchers have started to figure out how DNA fine-tunes faces. In experiments on mice, they have identified thousands of regions in the genome that act like dimmer switches for the many genes that code for facial features, such as the shape of the skull or size of the nose.<p>Specific mutations in …

Where Did Humans Come From?