June 2022

Why an end to economic growth is inevitable

Fifty years after the Limits to Growth report was published, the concept of post-growth remains largely taboo.

29/06/2022 New Statesman

These 'flying' ferries could get you to work in half the time

Inhabitants of the Swedish capital, an archipelago of 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, have a long history of using watercraft to get around. With an estimated fleet of 756,000 leisure craft, Sweden's recreational boating sector is one of the…

29/06/2022 CNN

‘A seismic shift could be underway’: the mission to make steel green

If steel were a country, it would be the planet’s third largest emitter. But the race to decarbonise the sector is gaining momentum

28/06/2022 Positive News

Renewable gas can satisfy our energy hunger

Right now, at this very instant, NSW produces enough waste biomass every year to provide the entire state with all the carbon-neutral gas we need to cater for our eight million residents.

28/06/2022 Sydney Morning Herald

The Many Uses of CRISPR: Scientists Tell All

What do infectious diseases, T-cells, tomatoes, heart failure, sickle cell anemia and sorghum harvests have in common?

27/06/2022 New York Times

Why captions are suddenly everywhere and how they got there

People with hearing loss have long adopted technology to navigate the world, especially since hearing aids are expensive and inaccessible to many

27/06/2022 The Independent

‘You get goosebumps from the data’: hopes rise for new malaria vaccine

When Annah Kadhenghi had her first child last year, she named him Brighton Ushindi Baraka: baraka meaning “blessing” in Swahili, ushindi meaning victory.

27/06/2022 The Guardian

Go fish: Danish scientists work on fungi-based seafood substitute

From plant-based meat that “bleeds” to milk grown in a lab, fake meats and dairy have come a long way in recent years.

24/06/2022 The Guardian

Five billion people can't afford surgery – a team of innovators could soon change this

A team of doctors and academics worked together on back-to-basics surgical equipment that is already changing lives.

24/06/2022 The Conversation

The Miraculous Trees That Could Save Pakistan’s Largest City from Climate Disaster

On a recent Tuesday morning, several dozen Pakistani schoolchildren barreled down a wooden walkway into a thicket of mangroves. They jostled for space at a small viewing platform and eagerly pointed out fish darting between the exposed tree roots.…

23/06/2022 Time Magazine

The Motion of the Ocean Could Be the Next Big Source of Green Energy

In 1851, Charles Babbage, the English mathematician and inventor, found himself preoccupied with what might happen should coal mines—then and now one of the primary sources of usable energy—become depleted. He concluded that “the sea itself offers a…

23/06/2022 Time Magazine

After decades of loss, the world's largest mangrove forests are set for a comeback

For decades, Indonesia’s mangroves have been degraded or turned into aquaculture. But there are signs of progress, with a new focus on restoration and income-generating alternatives.

21/06/2022 The Conversation

Novel battery, cancer vaccine among European inventor award winners

The 2022 winners of one of Europe's most prestigious innovation awards were announced Tuesday. Some of the highlights included upgraded batteries and cancer vaccines.

21/06/2022 Deutsche Welle

Europe’s largest bird of prey makes comeback after being driven to brink of extinction

Rewilding project has reintroduced cinereous vulture to Bulgarian mountain range after species suffered from habitat loss and poisoning

21/06/2022 The Independent

Decriminalizing hard drugs in B.C. follows decades of public health advocacy

British Columbia’s bold experiment provides an opportunity to implement more balance in Canadian drug policy, and a more principled withdrawal from the war on drugs.

19/06/2022 The Conversation

Meet the Peecyclers. Their Idea to Help Farmers Is No. 1.

A shortage of chemical fertilizer, worsened by the war in Ukraine, has growers desperate. It just so happens that human urine has the very nutrients that crops need.

17/06/2022 New York Times

Beaver dams cut flood risk on Cornish site, say researchers

Dams and ponds created by beavers on Woodland Valley Farm near Truro have dramatically slowed waterflow through the site.

17/06/2022 The Independent

Children to get CRISPR treatment for sickle cell disease in trial

CRISPR gene-editing trials for treating beta thalassemia and sickle cell disease are being extended to include people under the age of 12 after positive results in older people

16/06/2022 NewScientist

Microsoft retires Internet Explorer after 27 years

Microsoft is finally retiring the consumer version of Internet Explorer. It announced the plan last year, with the release of Internet Explorer 11. Internet Explorer debuted on Windows desktop computers in 1995 and by 2004, had cornered 95% of the…

15/06/2022 BBC

The Battle Over Gender Therapy

More teenagers than ever are seeking transitions, but the medical community that treats them is deeply divided about why — and what to do to help them.

15/06/2022 New York Times

Next step in combating climate change? Massive batteries that harness the power of the sun.

Batteries the size of shipping containers store cheap solar energy during the day, making it available at night when supplies lag and prices rise.

15/06/2022 USA Today

Five possible solutions to deforestation

Halting deforestation is vital if we are to solve the climate and biodiversity crises. We have the tools to meet the challenge. Here’s how

15/06/2022 Positive News

A Bright Future? How the Next Generation of Solar is Overcoming its Many Challenges

Solar power is one of the best-known sources of renewable energy, but it is still only responsible for 3 percent of global electricity. What's keeping it back and how can it further develop?

15/06/2022 Reset.org

Fish leather is here, it’s sustainable – and it’s made from invasive species to boot

Aarav Chavda has been diving off the coast of Florida for years. Each time he became increasingly depressed by the ever-growing void, as colourful species of fish and coral reefs continued to disappear.

12/06/2022 The Guardian

How psychedelic mushrooms may rewire the brain to ease depression

Shrooms, Alice, tweezes, mushies, hongos, pizza toppings, magic mushrooms -- everyday lingo for psychedelic mushrooms seems to grow with each generation. Yet leading mycologist Paul Stamets believes it's time for fans of psilocybin mushrooms to…

11/06/2022 CNN

Local efforts have cut plastic waste on Australia's beaches by almost 30% in 6 years

Here’s some good environmental news – local governments and local actions have slashed the plastic on our beaches. Incentives, awareness and access are the key.

08/06/2022 The Conversation

'Nudging' consumers to make pro-climate choices

A 'green nudge' can inspire more environmentally friendly consumption without overt rules or bans. It's as simple as making a plant-based dish the first option on the menu.

08/06/2022 Deutsche Welle

A Cancer Trial’s Unexpected Result: Remission in Every Patient

The study was small, and experts say it needs to be replicated. But for 18 people with colorectal cancer, the outcome led to “happy tears.”

05/06/2022 New York Times

Woman receives 3D-printed ear implant grown from her own cells in major breakthrough

A surgery for reconstructing a patient’s ear with her own tissue using 3D printing technology was successfully completed by doctors in the US.

03/06/2022 The Independent

The regenerative farm working to improve soil without fertilisers

Lettuces are sprouting, the wildflowers are in bloom and a buzzard is circling above the meadow on a sunny spring day at Huxhams Cross Farm near the village of Dartington in Devon.

03/06/2022 The Guardian

The New Frontier of Prosthetics? Tech for Independent Living

For many, “prosthetics” means wheelchairs and hearing aids. Adults with cognitive disabilities are pioneering a new paradigm for assistive technology.

02/06/2022 Wired

Novel genetic experiment shrinks tough-to-treat cancer

In a novel experiment, a woman with advanced pancreatic cancer saw her tumors dramatically shrink after researchers in Oregon turbocharged her own immune cells

01/06/2022 The Independent

The next holy grail for EVs: Batteries free of nickel and cobalt

Twenty-one years ago, Bart Riley and co-founders bet their short-lived company, A123 Systems, on batteries free of nickel and cobalt. They believed the battery technology offered several benefits for automakers in the then-nascent electric vehicle…

01/06/2022 CNN

Solar panel sheep farm trial ‘a complete win-win’

‘They’re growing exponentially and the wool cuts are in the top 5 per cent in the district,’ farmer says

01/06/2022 The Independent

Launch of first-ever US road that charges electric vehicles as they drive

The first-ever wireless charging road for electric vehicles (EV) has been launched in the US as countries race to find ways to extend EV range.

01/06/2022 The Independent