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Meet Goodr, the company using blockchain technology to reduce food waste

American consumers waste 133 billion pounds of food every year.<p>Not only would this wasted food help feed families struggling with hunger, food waste …

Sustainability

Food waste is going to take over the fashion industry

The startup Circular Systems is pioneering new tech to convert food crop waste–like banana peels and hemp stalks–into wearable fibers.<p>Around the world, people eat around 100 billion bananas every year. That creates around 270 million tons of waste–from peels to stalks–which are often burned or left …

Sustainability

Diabetes defeated by diet: How new fresh-food prescriptions are beating pricey drugs

At first glance Sami Inkinen, an elite triathlete and co-founder of the real estate company Trulia, and Rita Perkins, a grandmother of eight in …

Diabetes

We Are All Getting Dumber, New Science Proves, and No One Is Sure Why

Are our terrible diets, bad schools, tech obsession, or even increasingly trashy media to blame?<p>Whatever incredibly dumb things humanity got up to in the 20th century (and there were, as you know, some doozies), we all had at least one thing to crow about: as measured by IQ tests humans were at …

dumber

Google Duplex proves human language is the only API that matters

We live in an age where words matter more than ever, and saying the wrong thing can get you into a lot of trouble.<p>When Google demonstrated its Duplex digital assistant in May, it wasn’t even a word that upset people. It was an “uh.” People worried that the vocal tics Duplex used to sound more human …

Could big companies help boost 'flexitarianism'?

<b>From blending beef with mushrooms, to boosting plant-based menu items, companies are doing a lot to cut back on meat.</b><p>Earlier this week, when I wrote …

Food

AI is acquiring a sense of smell that can detect illnesses in human breath

Artificial intelligence (AI) is best known for its ability to see (as in driverless cars) and listen (as in Alexa and other home assistants). From …

Want to Live a Longer Life? Science Says You Should Change the Way You Walk

It seems it's wise to walk on the wild side.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Health advice is everywhere.<p>Why, you probably have a Fitbit or an Apple Watch permanently attached to you, so that it can nag you into your optimal …

lowerrisk

"Mind-boggling" Stanford research turns human blood cells into functional neurons

In breakthrough new research described as "somewhat mind-boggling," a team at Stanford University has developed a technique than can transform human …

Neuroscience

This Graphic Shows What Really Matters in Preventing Cancer

Living a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent cancer. (No cancer is <i>completely</i> preventable, though; genetics and bad luck are factors, too.) But …

The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone

There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris …

Carbon Dioxide

You think it and a robot sees it: The future is here with mind-reading AI

The first “this could change everything” AI story of the year comes to us in the form of (yet another) AI that’s supposed to read minds. This time however, there’s no parlor trick. We’re one step closer to being able to broadcast our thoughts to a screen, thanks to artificial intelligence.<p>Japanese …

Artificial Intelligence

Forests are growing again where human well-being is increasing, finds new study

Countries with high levels of human well-being are more likely to show increasing forest growth. That’s the finding of a new study by a group of Finnish scientists, published in PLOS ONE. Their work shows that countries exhibiting annual increases in the amount of trees typically score highly on …

Forests

A Crowd-Sourced Website Helps Preserve Indigenous Cultures

A new online publishing platform is working to preserve and share knowledge of the cultures and languages of indigenous communities. Cultural Codex, …

Spraying this material on desert sand will turn it into fertile land

For the past ten years, Desert Control has been testing a land treatment that promises to transform non-productive land into fertile soil. The …

Scientists are figuring out why fasting helps people live longer — and they say a pill may one day trigger the same benefits

Giving your gut a break now and then can deliver huge health benefits.<p>Calorie restriction, a practice adopted by people from Silicon Valley biohackers to Buddhist monks, has been found to have a long list of positive effects. Periodic fasting can help people ward off diseases like diabetes, high …

Light could make semiconductor computers a million times faster or even go quantum

A technique to manipulate electrons with light could bring quantum computing up to room temperature.<p>A team of researchers in Germany and at the …

Mini-antibodies discovered in sharks and camels could lead to drugs for cancer and other diseases

Helen Dooley admits that she often gets puzzled responses when she describes her work. "People say, ‘You bleed sharks for a living?’"<p>That's an …

The scientist still fighting for the clean fuel the world forgot - MIT Technology Review

In the closing weeks of 2008, the US Department of Energy invited politicians and press to a dedication ceremony for the Joint BioEnergy Institute in …

This Danish startup invented underwear you can wear for weeks without washing — here's how it works

Organic Basics<p><b>Underwear you can wear for weeks. It sounds like an idea contrived by a bunch of young males, and so it is.</b><p><b>Four Danish guys in their 20's have invented undergarment that only needs washing a couple of times per month.</b><p><b>The special ingredient is silver – killing 99.9% of all …

This Indonesian company wants to replace plastic with edible seaweed packaging

What to do about the plastic planet? The seas are steadily filling up with plastic, and it’s vital to find ways to address the problem. One way to do this is to move away from plastic usage towards more sustainable, eco-friendly materials. And that’s just what Indonesia-based company Evoware wants …

MIT study: 24-hour fasting regenerates stem cells, doubles metabolism

This gives credence to the 5-2 diet, which has recently gained in popularity thanks to a large celebrity following.<br>Read More

Stem Cells

Psychedelic drugs appear to fundamentally reorganize the brain — and they're starting to turn into approved treatments

Like a May shower, the studies on psychedelic drugs' potential therapeutic benefits came — first as a sprinkle, then a steady downpour. Between 2012 and 2017, the papers abounded. One, published in 2016, suggested that magic mushrooms might alleviate anxiety in cancer patients; another in 2017 …

Algae-covered swamp transformed into thriving wetlands producing clean water for Swan River

The Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary is just eight kilometres from the Perth CBD, flanked by busy roads and suburbia on three sides.<p>But once you are …

Plants 'talk to' each other through their roots

Plants use their roots to “listen in” on their neighbours, according to research that adds to evidence that plants have their own unique forms of communication.<p>The study found that plants in a crowded environment secrete chemicals into the soil that prompt their neighbours to grow more …

Biology

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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Biology

Humanity could be waste-free if we lived in a Circular Economy — here's how it would work

Read the full transcript below:<p><b>Teresa Domenech:</b> Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to really own a car, own a house, or own a phone. What if we just use what we need in the way we need it and then when we no longer need it or when we need something else we just change it easily.<p>Hello, my name …