September 2022

One big change is coming to clinical drug trials. And it's 'no longer lip service.'

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, one major change is coming to clinical drug trials: More diversity.

30/09/2022 USA Today

All-electric passenger aircraft completes milestone first ever test flight

An all-electric prototype aircraft has successfully completed a milestone test flight for the first time, marking an advance in aviation without carbon emissions. The plane took off from the Grant County International Airport in Washington at 7.10am…

29/09/2022 The Independent

‘Game-changing’ new battery charges in 3 minutes and lasts 20 years

A startup has developed a solid-state battery suitable for electric cars that can fully charge in minutes and lasts more than twice as long as current EV batteries.

29/09/2022 The Independent

Robotic pill that delivers drugs to gut could end insulin injections

A drug-carrying capsule with a motor protects medicines from stomach acid and enzymes before releasing them in the small intestine

28/09/2022 NewScientist

Tiny Oregon town hosts 1st wind-solar-battery 'hybrid' plant

A renewable energy facility in Oregon that combines solar power, wind power and massive batteries to store the energy generated there will be the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America

28/09/2022 The Independent

In a 'return to nature,' California legalizes human composting for environmental benefits

Californians will soon have a new end-of-life burial option: human composting. Here's what it is and how it works.

26/09/2022 USA Today

How AI is helping to save the Amazon

Machine learning gets a bad rap, but when harnessed for good, it can supercharge environmental work, writes Martin Wright

26/09/2022 Positive News

There’s New Proof Crispr Can Edit Genes Inside Human Bodies

The technique had largely been limited to editing patients’ cells in the lab. New research shows promise for treating diseases more directly.

22/09/2022 Wired

'Truly remarkable' drug helps motor neurone disease

Scientists say they have slowed and even reversed some of the devastating and relentless decline caused by motor-neurone disease (MND). The treatment works in only 2% of patients but has been described as "truly remarkable" and a "real moment of…

21/09/2022 BBC

What's 'deliberative' democracy? Research in Nepal shows it could spur global youth voting

At a time when democratic norms appear to be in decline around the world, deliberative democracy is one potential remedy worth pursuing.

20/09/2022 The Conversation

How did the patriarchy start – and will evolution get rid of it?

READER QUESTION: Matt, 48, London. The patriarchy, having been somewhat in retreat in parts of the world, is back in our faces . In Afghanistan, the Taliban once again prowl the streets more concerned with keeping women at home and in strict dress…

20/09/2022 The Conversation

Electric Vehicles Could Rescue the US Power Grid

By 2035, the batteries in California’s zero-emission cars could power every home in the state for three days.

19/09/2022 Wired

Degrowth is not austerity – it is actually just the opposite

“We are living through the end of abundance,” French President Emmanuel Macron recently declared after a summer that saw parts of Europe ravaged by forest fires and unprecedented heat and drought.

19/09/2022 Al Jazeera

We can predict final school marks in year 11 – it's time to replace stressful exams with more meaningful education

Research which shows you can reliably predict a student’s year 12 results by year 11. This suggests we don’t need a battery of stressful exams to work out what they do next.

18/09/2022 The Conversation

Beavers return to Dorset after being extinct for 400 years

Beavers have returned to Dorset after being extinct in the area for around 400 years. As a part of a conservation project, two adult beavers have been relocated from Scotland to an eight-acre woodland enclosure near the Mapperton Estate in west…

16/09/2022 The Independent

In Chad, a mobile school offers nomad children hope

Chad's nomad population make up almost tenth of ithe country and many children in the community hardly get an education.

12/09/2022 Al Jazeera

Using only sunlight, this device turns seawater to drinking water

A summer of extreme heat and drought around the world has been a reminder that water scarcity is a pressing issue and one that will only get worse with climate change. Already, more than two billion people worldwide lack easy access to clean water,…

12/09/2022 CNN

Self-sterilising plastic kills viruses like Covid

Scientists have developed a virus-killing plastic that could make it harder for bugs, including Covid, to spread in hospitals and care homes. The team at Queen's University Belfast say their plastic film is cheap and could be fashioned into…

09/09/2022 BBC

Doomscrolling is literally bad for your health. Here are 4 tips to help you stop

Research shows doomscrolling can be harmful. These experts have found evidence-based tips that can help you help yourself.

08/09/2022 The Conversation

Misogynistic influencers are trending right now. Defusing their message is a complex task

Andrew Tate, the professional fighter-turned media personality who earned the ire and admiration of millions with his viral rants about male dominance, female submission and wealth, is everywhere these days.

08/09/2022 CNN

This Danish Musician Powered His Outdoor Concerts with Batteries and Wind

Instead of diesel generators, shipping containers filled with wind-powered batteries were used to cut emissions at Lukas Graham's concerts

08/09/2022 Time Magazine

Rurbanization: Why It’s Time to Make Cities More Rural

Enough with the urban vs. rural binary. Bringing agriculture into cities can have huge benefits beyond healthy food.

08/09/2022 Wired

When Teens Find Misinformation, These Teachers Are Ready

Media literacy efforts are intensifying, targeting students as they approach voting age. But some educators struggle “to push through that apathy.”

08/09/2022 New York Times

A new malaria vaccine shows promising results

Most diseases that used to kill children in large numbers have succumbed to vaccines. Malaria is an exception. In 2020 it killed 640,000 people, mostly African children under five years old. Scientists have not ignored the scourge: the first…

08/09/2022 Economist

Tiny algae could help fix concrete's dirty little climate secret – 4 innovative ways to clean up this notoriously hard to decarbonize industry

Cement is responsible for more than 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Its emissions doubled over the past two decades, and demand is still rising fast.

07/09/2022 The Conversation

Scientists make major breakthrough in race to save Caribbean coral

Scientists at the Florida Aquarium have made a breakthrough in the race to save Caribbean coral: For the first time, marine biologists have successfully reproduced elkhorn coral, a critical species, using aquarium technology.

04/09/2022 CNN