South Africa’s constitutional court dismissed an application to appeal from the government to keep a ban on the trade of rhino horns; making it legal once again soon to buy and sell rhino horns in South Africa. This marks the end of a long and disputed legal battle between rhino owners, who farm rhinos like livestock and the government’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Click here to read more.
Senators in the United States have banded together in an effort to address the marine debris crisis affecting America’s ocean shorelines and inland waterways. Click here for more details.
Scientists detail new “biomimetic” underwater glue inspired by shellfish like mussels, as most artificial glues prove inefficient underwater. Mussels are able to stick to underwater surfaces using tiny hairs coated in natural glue found to be high in an amino acid called DOPA, which doesn’t interact with the surrounding water. The new glue scientists created was found to be 17 times stronger than even the natural glues used by mussels. Click to read more.
Imagine a future where solar energy is utilized to power everything from everyday electronics to vehicles to entire skyscrapers and cities. Solar researchers are experimenting with a range of new materials that can harvest light energy when turned into a crystalline structure. Click to read more.
Technology’s role in agriculture is changing quickly. Imagine a farmer calling a hotline about a pest attack on his farm; a local agriculture expert picks up the farmer’s call who immediately has access to specific details - from the farmer’s education level, size of his farm, cropping history, and soil characteristics based on recent soil tests. With all this information available at the fingertip, the expert offers valuable advice to the farmer. By combining information and communication technology with agriculture this is the goal of the Agriculture Department in Punjab, India. Click to read more.