Bees are a vital part of our food sources. Nearly ⅓ of the food we eat is pollination-dependent, so bees really are essential to our ecosystem. But, new research is showing that our planet’s bee population is declining, which could disrupt our food sources in a catastrophic way. Luckily for us, not all hope is lost, thanks to the hundreds of people who have decided to take up at-home beekeeping.The bee population is in jeopardy. Mounting threats of environmental changes and exposure to pesticides are leading to a decline in bee population, which means more than unpollinated flowers. If[...]
Scientists have now discovered the medicinal potential of algae to regenerate skin. In Chile, scientists were able to engineer an artificial “skin” made out of microalgae. This algae skin could be the answer to the issue of patient skin graft rejection, and open the doors to many other successful medical procedures.
Skin grafts are necessary for a number of reasons, the most common being severe burns. Unfortunately, the success rate for skin grafts taking without rejection or infection is fairly low, coming in at about 50%. Specifically, the lower limb grafts have the most [...]
Photos of animals trapped in our plastic waste have swarmed the internet for years now, yet little has been done to change it. That is, until Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida, came up with the brilliant idea to make edible 6-pack rings for their beer. Instead of using traditional plastic rings, Saltwater Brewery is using their leftover materials to make an animal and eco-friendly alternative.
A recent study shows that an estimated 1 million birds and an additional 100,000 marine animals die each year from our plastic waste. These animals often mistake plastic waste for food, or [...]
A new plant-based protein, Lemnoideae, is revolutionizing the food industry. Also known as duckweed or water lentils, these plants are nutrient-rich and quickly replenish when harvested. With their ability to be grown with less water consumption than other plant protein sources, water lentils have the potential to become a huge player in the culinary industry.
Numerous startups are taking advantage of the possibilities and benefits of water lentils. Parabel, a Florida-based hydroponic producer, has created a proprietary system to grow and harvest water lentils. Their system provides the plants[...]
Vaporizing, waterless toilets have successfully been invented. Introducing these toilets to areas of extreme poverty across the world could make all the difference in the global sanitation crisis. Currently, it is estimated that 2.6 billion people worldwide don’t have access to toilets and the safe sanitation they provide. This leads to the spreading of dangerous diseases and infections from human waste contamination. Paired with the lack of medical resources in these impoverished regions, people are dying at alarming rates.
This month observes World Toilet Day on November 19th, a day [...]
Black Friday is just around the corner, and shoppers everywhere are preparing to fill their carts to the brim with the best buys of the year. But, this infamous day of consumerism isn’t what it used to be; Now, thanks to some pretty nifty apps, Black Friday doesn’t have to mean dragging your turkey-filled stomach to the mall at 1 am to get that flat screen TV you’ve been eyeing for months.With the rise of tech, Black Friday has somewhat turned into a week long event. In 2005, the only other comparable day of shopping was Cyber Monday, which has been known to generate over $5 [...]
As always, tech is making our lives easier. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the stress and anxiety of the upcoming festivities can be overwhelming. Meal planning, shopping, and checking off that to-do list can be daunting, but thanks to these 13 apps, Thanksgiving can be pulled off perfectly this year (or with more ease, at the very least).The trip to the grocery store pre-Thanksgiving Dinner has to be one of the most stressful events of the year. You want to make sure that you get everything on the list, because there’s no way you’re going back out again later. [...]
Scientists have discovered a plastic-eating enzyme that can break down plastic waste in just a matter of days, as opposed to the hundreds of years that it usually takes for plastic to break down on its own.
This discovery could solve the plastic waste issue that is currently threatening the planet’s environment. If the science behind the enzyme proves to be strong enough, landfill space could be reduced significantly. The most interesting part? It was a scientific “accident,” and one that could change the way plastic is disposed of and recycled worldwide.In 2016, Japanese [...]
A hybrid of equal parts bicycle and car, the PodRide is certainly a one-of-a-kind mode of transportation that is grabbing the attention of cyclists and car owners alike. The PodRide was created by Mikael Kjellman, an avid bike rider year-round. After years of riding through winter weather conditions, he came up with the idea to blend the environmentally-friendly aspect of a bicycle with the all-weather protection of a car. Thus, PodRide was born.PodRide is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Designed to look like a tiny car, PodRide is complete with four wheels, a “trunk” for[...]
In the era of the bath bomb, Lush has made huge headlines for being the place for all of your bath and beauty needs. Consumers want everything to be Instagram-worthy, even their bathroom products, which proved to be the perfect niche for Lush’s brand. Best known for their crazy-colored bath bombs and nutrient-packed face masks, the brand has gained an enormous audience, and their admiral business philosophies are making waves in the market. All-natural, ethically-sourced, 100 percent vegetarian, and entirely handmade, Lush’s products themselves are super satisfactory. Even better? [...]
Seedballs could bring about a greener tomorrow. Our natural resources are finite. We’ve known this to be true for decades, yet our forests are being destroyed at increasingly disastrous rates. In fact, every 2 seconds, a part of a forest the size of a football field is destroyed by man. Our planet can’t keep up with the rates that trees are being cut down and not replaced by new seeds for future forest preservation. At the rate things are going now, it is suggested that the earth will completely run out of trees in less than 300 years. The tree deficit is being caused by an unequal[...]
According to a recent tweet by Elon Musk himself, the infamous LA Hyperloop tunnels will be open to test riders on December 10th of this year. After nearly seven years of planning and brainstorming, Musk’s vision of a “fifth mode of transport” is finally becoming a reality, and LA commuters are surely intrigued.
Los Angeles is known for its hellish traffic, making it the perfect location for Musk to implement the technology. Currently, commuters during rush hour have to add an extra 44 minutes onto their drive because of congestion on the highways. With Hyperloop open for [...]
Uber has created hundreds of thousands of jobs, but with the possibility of self-driving cars/autonomous vehicles just around the corner, self-employment may start to look a bit different.
In August of 2017, Dara Khosrowshahi became Uber’s Chief Executive Officer after Travis Kalanick was encouraged to resign due to unethical and allegedly shady business practices. Since beginning the new role, Khosrowshahi’s Uber has been promising innovation, including the potential to introduce self-driving cars to the Uber pool.
In theory, this would reduce the risk of driver-related accidents,[...]
It’s no secret that our meat consumption worldwide is getting out of control. Each year, 56 billion farmed animals are slaughtered for food purposes, much of which ends up being thrown out and wasted due to expiration dates. Meat is a tricky food to harvest and transport, not to mention the short shelf-life that most meat products have in grocery stores. The entire process of raising the animals, feeding them, and finally butchering them comes at a cost, and not just a monetary one. Our planet is suffering. Globally, animal agriculture produces more harmful greenhouse gases than all of [...]
On March 31, 2017, Seattle’s bike-sharing system, Pronto, died. From its ashy, burnt-rubber-smelling remains, something new is rising. Last week the Seattle Department of Transport approved a pilot program to bring accessible public biking back to the good people of Seattle. After the first weekend of this program, the phoenix here may very well be in the form of the new stationless bike-share system brought to us by San Francisco-born tech company, Spin.It isn't easy to become a city’s primary form of city-ordained biking. The City of Seattle had to reimburse Pronto users’ [...]
The smell of pine woods, a white-noise crashing waterfall and hundreds of miles of private forest. An ultra-modern, ultra-expensive home is nestled in the thick of the expanse. The stoic lodge has all the amenities of the 22nd century, really, and is without a doubt as beautiful as the surrounding nature, in a technological singularity sort of way.
If it sounds familiar, it’s because it is the home of Nathan Bateman (above), infamous techie of Blue Book, a fictitious take on Google from the movie, Ex Machina. It could also very well describe the home of Bill Gates.Bill Gates' [...]
The United States is now the leader of the Paris Climate Discord after President Trump announced last Thursday that the United States will be exiting the Paris Accord - an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperatures from rising over 2 degrees Celsius that all countries in the world have signed/ratified except for Nicaragua (which said it isn't tough enough), Syria, and now, the United States. A development with very far-reaching implications. With that said, there are plenty of positive environmental developments happening around the world that deserve more [...]
What do network marketing, autonomous work in an increasingly science-fiction-y workforce and BBQ condiments have in common? They are clues in an Emerald City mystery that unfolded in this booming city. Cozy up and riddle me this.
Union Bank Plaza was as hard to find as the plot in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I had just moved for a job with KIND Snacks. They send me around Seattle working all sorts of events. This was one of my first. I was fresh-faced, optimistic and excitable, despite the slough of rain.A man walked up to our KIND table. He was young-ish, had a [...]
Doodle puppies courtesy of DoodlesNW.com. Are you a dog or cat owner who loves your pets probably more than you should? Do you like them almost more than people, sometimes? If the answer is yes, you can join thousands of Americans across the country who see their furry friends as family.
And, like most pet owners, this love for your pets can lead to a familiar, dreadful feeling: separation anxiety for both you and your pet.
How do you look after your pet while you're travelling, or during that 12-hour nursing shift? Do you board Fido at a kennel, or do you call a pet sitter? Finding [...]
South Seattle just saw its first "Virtual Reality (VR) Pop-Up" last Sunday. It was a collaborative effort between City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), University of Washington CoMotion Labs, and Office of Film + Music to whet the palate for what's to come.
When it comes to established tech-topias, Seattle is a hub that’s quickly staking its claim to fame. Big-name tech players, such as Google & Facebook from neighboring Silicon Valley and Alibaba from across the pond, are already planting roots here in [...]