Lyft recently announced its daring plan to use only electric vehicles by 2030. The company also committed to increasing equity in transportation for vulnerable communities. Other leading companies may be inspired to follow suit.
Bees… and bubbles?
Dr. Eijiro Miyako has developed a method for pollination using soap bubbles. Miyako’s soapy concoction successfully fertilized a pear orchard in Japan. This could provide an alternative to bee pollination, which has declined along with the bee population.
Inside the World's First Regenerative Highway
Since ancient times, humans have been altering the environment to create throughways for the transport of food and goods, not to mention travel and military defense. But over the course of thousands of years, little has changed regarding the way roads are built. It’s still a necessity to clear trees and disrupt layers of earth to make way for smoother, more durable foundations, but at what cost?
As technology hints at the future of space travel, which will likely include space tourism, a group of researchers currently is working on answering a key question: What will we eat en route to Mars?
Ice Cream On Demand, Delivered By Drones
Forget chasing after your neighborhood ice cream truck. Now one drone startup is partnering with Unilever, parent company of Ben & Jerry's, to test a drone delivery system, bringing pints of Cherry Garcia and Half Baked directly to your door.
Want To Mix Music Like A Pro?
A new app, called Bounce, aims to help artists collaborate, even if you don't have a record deal yet.
CBD products are everywhere in 2019, from local bodegas to high-end boutiques. But as more companies tout the health benefits of their cure-all oils and balms, the Food and Drug Administration continues to grapple with ways to regulate what’s in them.
Companies Are Betting on Sound for Brand Loyalty
Would you enjoy doing laundry more if your washing machine played music? Some companies are hoping the answer yes, as they strive to create user experiences that strengthen brand loyalty.
New Research Suggests Massive Reforestation Efforts Could Erase 10 Years of Carbon Emissions
The Lorax isn't the only one speaking for the trees. Dr. Thomas Crowther, an ecologist from ETH Zurich, also speaks for the trees—all three trillion of them. Using ground surveys, satellites, machine learning, and AI, Crowther and his team arrived at not only a larger number of trees than previously estimated, but also an ambitious assertion about their potential to mitigate climate change. If an additional 1.2 trillion trees are planted in non-urban and non-agricultural lands, it could effectively cancel out 10 years of anthropogenic carbon emissions, Crowther says.
Neoliberalism, the morally bankrupt economic ideology that pervades the majority of world governments and markets, would have you believe that by simply using LEDs, taking public transportation, or buying a Prius you can make a significant impact in the fight against climate change. This is, of course, ridiculous, argues Guardian columnist Martin Lukas, when faced with the fact that only 100 companies are responsible for 71% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Many of these emissions come from the petrochemical industry, which produces about 300 million metric tons of cheap virgin plastic every year. Emissions from petrochemical plants are expected to rise 20% by 2030, according to New York Times. That's why a recent announcement that brands such as PepsiCo, Unilever, and Nestlé will begin testing out reusable packaging in a pilot program with recycling company TerraCycle comes as big news. Not only does it offer a glimmer of hope for a reduction in plastic production, but it shows that world-wide demand for corporate climate accountability can be effective.
Put Your Greenest Foot Forward
Going green isn’t just a trend anymore. Companies across industries have picked up on the general public's existential panic about the state of the planet and are actively working to make sustainability practices standard. One such corporation is Kickstarter, the funding platform that popularized both the Pebble smartwatch and the return of Reading Rainbow, which recently launched its own Environmental Resources Center to help aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs seamlessly integrate sustainability into their projects.
The Marijuana-As-Healthcare Revolution Passes Major Milestone
This past decade has seen some major political and culture shifts in attitude towards marijuana—with nine states approving its recreational use and another 21 states approving medicinal use, the U.S. is slowly coming around to this hotly contested plant's powers of persuasion. Another major shift in opinion happened last week, when the FDA approved the first cannabis-based drug for prescription across all 50 states. This drug specifically targets and reduces episodes of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a form of epilepsy, and Dravet syndrome, a brain dysfunction, by 25%.
A new incarnation of Pelléas et Mélisande, the only opera ever completed by Claude Debussy, in 1902, is a feast for the eyes—literally. Current-day directors and choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet envisioned the Opera Vlaanderen and Royal Ballet Flanders production as a window into the human soul. “The libretto is so much about vision that we thought to make the story unfold inside an eyeball,” Jalet explains.
Coca-Cola Bets On A New Drug
What do these three things have in common: cocaine, caffeine, and cannabis? For starters, they all start with "c" and they're all considered drugs by the United States government. They also share a relationship with the Coca-Cola company, who infused their beverages with trace amounts of cocaine until 1929 and continues to caffeinate many of their products today. The soda company purportedly is in talks with Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis to create a CBD-infused soft drink.
Instagram Is Re-Shaping The Museum Experience
If the modern art museum is starting to lean a little too heavy on the installation side of things for you, blame Instagram and the profusion of pop-up museums the photo and video-sharing social media giant has spurred. Places like the Museum of Ice Cream or the wndr museum cater to the type of visitor who needs to document and share everything on "the 'gram," creating beautiful if slightly over-hyped exhibits in which to take the perfect selfie. The question remains: is this a bastardization of artistic traditions, a new chapter in the historiography of art, or just a fad?