For Better Food Security, Eat Insects

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In a world filled with hunger, drought, crop failure, and pollution, food security is a huge issue. But it turns out that if we can get over our squeamishness, there is an abundant and sustainable food supply hiding right in front of us. According to the UN, the estimated 1900 edible insect species across the planet could be the answer for a consistent, low-fat, high-protein diet. An estimated 2 billion people worldwide are already eating insects, from ants to beetle larvae to locusts and caterpillars, and the benefits of doing so are numerous for human health, environmental health, and healthy… read more

To Infinity And Beyond

To Infinity And Beyond

In the near future, private space companies will ferry thousands of people to and from the edge of space. Leading the charge is Virgin Galactic, with over 500 people signed up at $200,000 per person for flights beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Founded by Richard Branson in 1999, Virgin Galactic was the first private space company to successfully launch a human being into space. This officially began the space industry boom, with several new companies and corporations joining the expanding market. Spaceport America, located 30 miles east of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, began construction in 2006. It was conceived of during… read more

Take the Google Earth Tour of the Monarch Migration

Monarch Butterfly

One of the most well-known and recognizable butterflies, especially in North America, is the Monarch butterfly, and they’re not only beautiful, they are also incredible travelers that migrate long distances every year. The annual mass migrations of the Monarch, from eastern North America to central Mexico and from western North America to the California coast, are not quite as well known to people as their striking orange and black wings, but are no less stunning in their own right. The Monarch is the only butterfly that migrates both north and south, as birds do, and considering their delicate nature and… read more

Food Waste Hurts Us All

Throwing It Away

Food waste has been gaining a lot of attention in the news, and statistics showing staggering amounts of food that is thrown out sparks a practical interest in how to save food and money from going to waste. One report featured by ABC News showcased the food practices of an average family of 4 and found that they typically threw away approximately 25% of their total monthly grocery bill, around the equivalent of 13 pounds of discarded food. That is a substantial amount to be thrown out, and when figuring that this is the norm for most families, it adds up… read more

10 Green Tech Trends to Watch in 2013

10 Green Tech Trends 2013

Over the last couple of years, we have seen a large number of green and clean tech concepts go from idea to prototype to finished product, and because of the many environmental challenges (and consequent opportunities) facing us, it seems as if that trend is set to continue in the near future. A revolution in green materials has been entering the consumer market, with products made from recycled and eco-friendly components appearing in everything from food packaging to automobile interiors, and many customers want to see more of that. Some of the innovations that could also have a big potential… read more

Incredible Video Shows Three Years of Solar Activity in Three Minutes

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For the past three years, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has continuously observed and documented the sun’s activity from space, taking an image of the sun every 12 seconds across 10 different wavelengths. And now we get to take advantage of some of that data (estimated at about 1.5 TB every single day) through this incredible video put together into a “time-lapse” with two images of the sun from each day. “SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly captures a shot of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths. The images shown here are based on a wavelength of 171 angstroms,… read more

Unbelievable Battle between Killer Whales and Sperm Whales Caught on Camera

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Photographer Shawn Heinrichs risks his life to capture incredible footage of a group of orcas attacking a pod of sperm whales

Google Features Nature’s Engineers for Earth Day

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The world’s most famous tech company isn’t just appreciative of human engineers, and in honor of Earth Day, Google has a new feature that focuses on the engineers found in nature. Google Green already has a number of ways to use their products and technology to go green, but their focus on Nature’s Engineers acknowledges that we can learn a lot from nature: “This Earth Day, we’re celebrating something close to our hearts, engineers. Whether it’s a towering aspen or a tiny mushroom, nature has plenty to teach us. We’re taking a look at six of our favorite outdoor innovators… read more

The Human Race Is Doomed, Unless…

Artist's Concept

We all know the Earth has an expiration date. Sooner or later, our sun will die, and when that day comes, one of several things will occur; it could go supernova and destroy us all, it could become a Red Giant and swallow the earth with it, etc. Whatever the case, science tells us it’s bound to happen. Unfortunately, we’ve got bigger and sooner problems. British physicist Stephen Hawking, famous for his theories on time travel, wormholes, the ‘Big Bang’, and others, has come out with a recent statement informing us that we’ve got less than a millennia to get our… read more

A Swarm of Robots Could Repair Coral Reefs

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A swarm of autonomous intelligent robots, or coralbots, could be put to work repairing and restoring coral reefs in areas that have been damaged by weather, human negligence, or destructive fishing practices. Coral reefs are an incredibly important part of the ocean ecosystem, providing food and shelter for many organisms under the sea, as well as providing a living for hundreds of millions of people around the world. When coral reefs are damaged, they can be given a headstart in restoration by the transplantation of healthy pieces of coral, but because human divers are limited in terms of the depth… read more