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Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]

Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]

As a middle school student in Tallahassee, Florida, Kelly Caylor built a weather balloon for the science fair. Decades later, he's distributing high-tech environmental sensors, or "pods," throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

April 10, 2015 — Kerry Klein

Scientific American Science in Action in Swaziland

We judges and others who work on the Google Science Fair believe that kids have the power to change the world. The $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award recognizes a particular type of changeone that focuses on making a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge.

February 24, 2014 — Mariette DiChristina
Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System

Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System

In late October, the Yale Rudd Center got a visit from Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right To Food. He began his talk, Reforming the Food Systems: Making the Transition Succeed,  by painting a bleak picture. There are three areas in which our food systems are failing us, De Schutter said: ecological limits, social [...]

November 20, 2013 — Patrick Mustain
First Octopus Farms Get Growing

First Octopus Farms Get Growing

Fish farms now produce million tons of fish each year around the globe. But octopuses have largely escaped this kind of confined aquaculturing, despite a growing global demand and overfishing.

September 24, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Cows Learn Better With Friends

Cows Learn Better With Friends

My schoolteachers took effort to separate close friends when arranging their classroom seating charts. The idea was that we’d pay more attention to our lessons if we were distracted by our buddies.

February 28, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
Water Scarcity and the Private Sector

Water Scarcity and the Private Sector

Maintaining adequate supplies of freshwater in the face of rising demand and climate change is a challenge that industry is starting to address

April 25, 2014 — THE EDITORS
Urban Farm Versus the Apocalypse

Urban Farm Versus the Apocalypse

Urban Farm on a Rainy Day © Jon Ellis (aka jonorobo). Click each image to see enlarged version on DeviantArt. Most concept art is obsessed with various forms of self-inflicted apocalypse.

November 30, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

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