March 2021

Why sex and gender aren't binary issues

Man and woman with nothing in between, gender as identical to sex ― those who deny the existence of intersex and transgender people like to point to biology. But science actually proves them wrong.

31/03/2021 Deutsche Welle

5 ways fungi could change the world, from cleaning water to breaking down plastics

Forgot tempeh. The humble shroom has the potential to be used across industries, in ways we're only beginning to grasp.

31/03/2021 The Conversation

Scotland gets a new nature reserve as community ‘achieves the impossible’

A community in Scotland has completed one of the country’s largest ever land buyouts – and is now turning the estate into a nature reserve

30/03/2021 Positive News

Google Maps to start directing drivers to 'eco-friendly' routes

Google's Maps app will start directing drivers along routes estimated to generate the lowest carbon emissions based on traffic, slopes and other factors, the company announced on Tuesday.

30/03/2021 Reuters

'Success story': Number of American bald eagles has quadrupled since 2009, experts say

The number of American bald eagles has quadrupled since 2009, with more than 300,000 birds soaring over the lower 48 states, according to experts.

29/03/2021 USA Today

‘Huge potential’ as UK’s first floating windfarm sets power output record

Access to deeper waters allow turbines to be positioned in areas with more consistent windspeeds, company says

24/03/2021 The Independent

How a 10-year-old from Wales scored a big win in the war on plastic waste

Some campaigns take years, even decades to achieve change. Not for Skye Neville, a 10-year-old girl from a Welsh seaside town who in November became outraged at the cheap plastic toys that came attached to her favourite magazines.

23/03/2021 The Guardian

‘Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination’: the scientists turning the desert green

Flying into Egypt in early February to make the most important presentation of his life, Ties van der Hoeven prepared by listening to the podcast 13 Minutes To The Moon – the story of how Nasa accomplished the lunar landings.

20/03/2021 The Guardian

Want to Make Energy and Save Water? Slap Panels on Canals

Peanut butter and jelly. Hall & Oates. Now there’s a duo that could literally and figuratively be even more powerful: solar panels and canals.

19/03/2021 Wired

San Francisco experiment gives $1,000 a month to pregnant women

‘There [are] so many negative narratives around low-income families, and in particular, low-income Black families as being people who waste welfare dollars,’ project leader says

18/03/2021 The Independent

Climate change: Jet fuel from waste 'dramatically lowers' emissions

A new approach to making jet fuel from food waste has the potential to massively reduce carbon emissions from flying, scientists say. Currently, most of the food scraps that are used for energy around the world are converted into methane gas.

15/03/2021 BBC

A fresh spin: the clothes made out of recycled wood pulp

A Finnish company has found a way of using wood pulp to print new clothes – and the only byproduct is water

15/03/2021 Positive News

6 tips to help you detect fake science news

Whenever you hear about a new bit of science news, these suggestions will help you assess whether it's more fact or fiction.

15/03/2021 The Conversation

The female Afghan tech entrepreneurs inspiring each other

The leader of the Afghan Dreamers robotics team and her mentor describe the challenge of building low-cost ventilators.

15/03/2021 Al Jazeera

How Mallorca is setting a new sustainable standard in the Balearic Islands

From extended cycle routes to a plastics ban, the biggest Balearic is serious about getting greener, finds Annie Bennett

11/03/2021 The Independent

Tiny swallowable cameras will check for cancer in 'sci-fi' development

Swallowable cameras the size of capsules will be given to NHS patients in a “sci-fi” bid to check for cancer. Taking more than 57,000 pictures as they work through the digestive system, the disposable devices are intended to replace complicated and…

11/03/2021 Telegraph

This Innovative Skylight Provides Electricity, Clean Water and Lighting for Informal Settlements

People living in informal settlements across the world often go to dangerous lengths to secure clean water and electricity. A new skylight can provide both - safely, using just normal seawater. 


In Heidelberg, cars are not welcome any more

A fleet of hydrogen-powered buses, a network of bicycle superhighways, and free public transport for a year if you give up your cars – this is how Heidelberg is getting rid of cars, writes Jack Ewing

09/03/2021 The Independent

The photovoltaic parasol: Spanish engineer develops energy-generating textiles

Ana Rodes of the AITEX research institute has integrated solar cells into flexible materials that pave the way for cheaper, more sustainable ways of extracting energy from the sun

08/03/2021 El País

Ten years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan finding path to renewable energy future

Almost immediately after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the shift toward renewable energy sources began to accelerate.

07/03/2021 The Japan Times

Reef revival: Fiji's corals bouncing back after ruinous cyclone

In the immediate aftermath of the strongest cyclone to ever make landfall in the southern hemisphere, reefs across the Namena reserve and Vatu-i-Ra conservation park off Fiji were reduced to rubble.

05/03/2021 The Guardian

Malaria: Infections halved in children in Ivory Coast using new technology

Malaria is a leading cause of death for children and is most prevalent in some of the world's poorest countries. A new lure-and-kill style device trial shows potential for a major drop in malaria-spreading mosquitoes.

04/03/2021 Deutsche Welle

Stockton’s Basic-Income Experiment Pays Off

Two years ago, the city of Stockton, California, did something remarkable: It brought back welfare. Using donated funds, the industrial city on the edge of the Bay Area tech economy launched a small demonstration program, sending payments of $500 a…

03/03/2021 The Atlantic

‘It's radical’: the Ugandan city built on solar, shea butter and people power

The village of Okere Mom-Kok was in ruins by the end of more than a decade of war in northern Uganda.

03/03/2021 The Guardian

Facebook launches climate project to tackle misinformation

After coming under fire for not doing enough to stop climate myths from spreading on its site, Facebook will now add info labels to climate change posts and direct users to a fact-checked website. But is it enough?

01/03/2021 Deutsche Welle

I changed up my sanitary products for a more sustainable menstrual cup. This is how I got on

Banana bread, Duo Lingo and pottery all took a backseat in lockdown to finally getting a handle on an alternative and more eco-friendly period product for Helen Coffey

01/03/2021 The Independent

'Run The Oil Industry In Reverse': Fighting Climate Change By Farming Kelp

A Maine startup is drawing high-profile support for its low-tech plan to soak up carbon emissions. It says its kelp farms will sink to the ocean floor and lock the carbon away for millennia.

01/03/2021 NPR

Europeans get 'right to repair' for some electrical goods

Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years

01/03/2021 The Independent

Environmental activism is at the heart of Nagoya’s international community

The search for friendship and community among foreign residents of Nagoya has become intimately tied to environmental education and activism.

01/03/2021 The Japan Times