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How electric tuk-tuks could become a 'virtual power plant' for this country

The streets of Dhaka are filled with constant clamor. Among the chorus of honking horns and ringing bells, roaring cars and rattling rickshaws, you can hear the electric hum of the city's three-wheeled open taxis, called tuk-tuks, as they weave…


How 'lab-grown' meat could help the planet and our health

What if there was a way to eat meat without farming and killing billions of animals per year, contributing to the climate crisis and risking high cholesterol levels?


Countries agree historic oceans treaty to protect the high seas

Nearly 200 countries have agreed to a legally-binding treaty to protect marine life in international waters, which cover more than half of the planet's surface, but have long been essentially lawless.


Newly discovered chemicals are so deadly to fungi they are named after Keanu Reeves

It's not every day that effective fungus-killing compounds are discovered, so researchers in Germany knew their recent find needed a special name. Identifying and testing three natural compounds that proved lethal to fungi, they were so impressed…


Electric buses are driving a silent revolution in Nairobi

During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in Nairobi, Kenya, something improbable happened: a mountain appeared. To curb the transmission of the virus, authorities called on the city's thousands of private bus operators to cease trading.…


This butterfly was once thought extinct. Now it's off the endangered species list

The Fender’s blue butterfly has fluttered away from the brink of extinction.


Why the future of our cities might be headed underground

There is a megaproject underway that's not so much breaking new ground, as burrowing beneath it. In Singapore, a series of extensive tunnels are being bored into the soil some 60 meters down -- below subterranean shopping malls and even the city's…


Global 4-day week pilot was a huge success, organizers say

The verdict is in: A four-day work week is good for business.


Colombia's drug problem is worse than ever. But it has a radical solution

When Gustavo Petro, Colombia's first progressive president, took office in August, he laid out an ambitious agenda.


The company making steaks out of thin air

It was space travel that inspired scientist Lisa Dyson to create an unusual climate solution: protein made from air, which can be grown inside a tank instead of using up valuable land.


Degrowth: A dangerous idea or the answer to the world's biggest crisis?

Conventional economic logic hinges on a core assumption: Bigger economies are better, and finding ways to maintain or boost growth is paramount to improving society.


How human composting could reduce death's carbon footprint

You probably know that composting banana peels and eggshells can help reduce your negative impact on the environment. But did you know that, once you die, you can do that with your body, too?


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