Emiliano Quijano

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40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

Urban agriculture is clearly taking off around the world — in backyards, on rooftops and on local farms.<p>But just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery.<p>Now, a study published in the journal <i>Environmental Research Letters</i> has an answer: Somewhere around …

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives

<i>Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and food writer for the New York Times, is the author of “How to Cook Everything Fast.” Michael Pollan, who teaches journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, is the author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Ricardo Salvador is a senior scientist and</i> …

Here's One Thing The U.S. Does Export To China: Carbon Dioxide

Yesterday marked a historic climate change agreement between the U.S. and China, which together account for about 45% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.<p>The U.S. promised to reduce its carbon emissions by 26-28% from 2025 levels, while China said it would refigure its energy mix so that its …

The EEB & Flow

There are several popular approaches to the goal of finding generalities in ecology. One is essentially top down, searching for generalities across …

RT @TimSykesEA: We use locally sourced hazel faggots #RiverRestoration - support rural economy, traditional skills & woodland ecology http://t.co/KMlISrfyJx

Did treats convince cats to live with people? - Futurity

Cats are newer additions to human homes than dogs, and are only "semi-domesticated." New research shows how life with people has shaped their genomes.

Pets

Crisis in Mexico: The Protests for the Missing Forty-Three

In a televised press conference on Friday, Mexico’s Attorney General, Jesús Murillo Karam, announced that the forty-three missing students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School had been executed and incinerated in the municipal dump of Cocula. He added one important qualification: the fragmented …

World’s largest geothermal plant commissioned in Kenya

Alfanar has closed the financing for the construction and development of a 50MW solar PV plant which will be located in the proposed 1.8 GW Benban …

Riding an E-Bike Built Like a GoKart Is as Fun as It Sounds

What if you could enjoy the benefits of a bike and the benefits of a car at the same time? Sojourn Labs, a Toronto-based startup, is prototyping a …

How to Take Clear Shots of a Light-Polluted Milky Way (Photos, Video)

Spotting the Milky Way on dark, cloudless nights can be a challenge for anyone, but trying to see it through the haze of light pollution in a crowded …

Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden now recycles or reuses an incredible 99 percent of its waste, an improvement on the already impressive 2012 figure of 96 percent. The country …

Sustainability

Tracking a Secretive Snake on the Prairie

One of the most mysterious creatures around is finally having its cover blown.<p>Researchers at the Chippewa Prairie in Minnesota are using radio …

What’s the deal with this U.N. Climate Summit?

The most important thing for you to know about the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit is what it isn’t.<p>The meeting, to be held at the U.N.’s New …

New Hydrogen Production Method Could Help Store Renewable Energy

Scientists at Scotland's University of Glasgow say they've found a new way to produce hydrogen from clean, renewable energy sources.<p>In a paper published in September in the journal Science, the researchers explain how they've created a system that can produce hydrogen 30 times quicker than ever …

Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World's Rivers

Vincent Callebaut, visionary behind the Lilypad and Dragonfly, has created a whale-shaped floating garden designed to drift through the world’s …

Landscaping

This Bizarre Organism Builds Itself a New Genome Every Time It Has Sex

<i>Oxytricha trifallax</i> lives in ponds all over the world. Under an electron microscope it looks like a football adorned with tassels. The tiny fringes …

Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Sand Babel is a twisting, solar-powered, 3D-printed skyscraper built from desert sand. Inspired by tornadoes and mushroom rocks found in deserts, the …

3D Printing

A System to Cut City Traffic That Just Might Work

Traffic sucks. Congestion is bad for the environment, health (see: Beijing), and maybe most importantly, our sanity. One solution gaining in …

Europeans drawn from three ancient 'tribes'

<b>The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports.</b><p>Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East.<p>But another, mysterious population with …

Anthropology

RT @Kelly_Heber: Presenting my research on Malaysian and Indonesian villages and Coral reef management at 12:30 in bdg 7 @MIT http://t.co/u…

Guardian launches 'augmented reality' specs to offer immersive liberal insight

You can already access the Guardian in ways that were unimaginable two decades ago: on your desktop or laptop computer, a tablet, e-reader or …

Why shop mannequins need to be like real women

They are plastic, in uncomfortable poses and wearing horrible wigs, but an army of Swedish mannequins are being held up as a shining example of the …

Marks & Spencer