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These hungry superworms happily munch through plastic

June 19th, 2020 at 2:23 pm » Comments Off

  A superworm can eat about eight times more than other plastic-ingesting insects. Recycling seems like a simple cure for our plastic addiction: just take the plastic we have and make it into new items. But problems abound. Current technology mostly creates plastic of a lower quality than it was before, many types of plastic […]



The Beetl robot is designed to pick up dog poop

October 30th, 2019 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

While I prefer to walk my dogs, there have been times when the weather has been bad, or I’m just too tired at the end of the day, and they end up pooping in the yard. If you let your dog do its business on your lawn, then this new invention could be a godsend. […]



Bug smuggling is big business

September 13th, 2019 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Demand for exotic pets and collectors’ items drives a flourishing illegal trade in beetles, spiders, and more. SPECIAL AGENT RYAN Bessey was in his office at the New Jersey branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Galloway, on September 23, 2015, when he took a call from a colleague in the intelligence unit. […]



Using CRISPR to resurrect the dead

July 8th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Gene-editing breakthroughs could allow us to bring extinct species, like the woolly mammoth, back from the dead. But should we? It really is worse than you think. We’ve gorged ourselves on fossil fuels, vacuumed up the Earth’s forests and spewed toxic gases into the atmosphere for years on end. The planet is getting warmer, we’re […]



Millennials are disrupting Thanksgiving with their tiny turkeys

November 22nd, 2018 at 4:28 am » Comments Off

Millennials kill again. The latest victim? Big Thanksgiving turkeys. Tiny turkeys are gaining popularity. Small birds are having a big moment. Tiny turkeys will increasingly grace Thanksgiving tables next week, thanks to the millennial generation’s ongoing campaign to remake American gastronomy. The holiday depicted by Norman Rockwell-Grandma showing off a cooked bird so plump it weighs […]



The foolishness of fail fast, fail often

September 19th, 2018 at 9:29 am » Comments Off

The head of human resources said to me, “We need to become more agile. We’re not lean enough. I want to see our culture shift to ‘fail fast, fail often.’” It was a great moment. For me at least. In my head, I was playing buzzword bingo, and with the use of “Agile,” “Lean,” and […]



World’s first floating dairy farm could be wave of the future

September 4th, 2018 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Floating farm project leader Mink van Wingerden beside the floating dairy farm plaform being built at Merwehaven in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. “It’s a logical step to produce fresh food on the water.” You’ve heard of offshore drilling platforms and offshore wind farms. Now a Dutch company is developing what’s being called the world’s […]



Inside the very big, very controversial business of dog cloning

August 12th, 2018 at 10:47 am » Comments Off

Recently born clones share an incubator. Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics. The surgeon is a showman. Scrubbed in and surrounded by his surgical team, a lavalier […]



The booming business of luxury chicken diapers

August 5th, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

It’s Instagram’s fault. Julie Baker never intended to become a figurehead of the luxury chicken-diaper industry. Before she launched her brand Pampered Poultry in 2010, she had never even heard of chicken diapers. Around 10 years ago, Baker was raising chickens with her daughter on their small farm in Claremont, New Hampshire when she first […]



Shared mobility is growing, but the ride-sharing economy still has a long way to go

April 20th, 2018 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

If you live in a US city, car-sharing services like Lyft and Uber might seem omnipresent. However, the ride-sharing economy still has a ways to go, at least according to consumer sentiment.



Who’s a good AI? Dog-based data creates a canine machine learning system

April 14th, 2018 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

We’ve trained machine learning systems to identify objects, navigate streets and recognize facial expressions, but as difficult as they may be, they don’t even touch the level of sophistication required to simulate, for example, a dog. Well, this project aims to do just that — in a very limited way, of course. By observing the […]



How close are we to a hamburger grown in a lab?

March 2nd, 2018 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

The creation of in vitro, or “clean,” meat involves extracting stem cells from animals The extracted cells are grown and multiplied in a lab to create meat Experts’ conservative estimates say clean meat will on store shelves by 2021



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