Posts in "Society"

Superwheat Kernza Could Save Our Soil and Feed Us Well

Kernza’s arrival has been a long time coming. The new grain variety from the Land Institute is derived from an ancient form of intermediate wheatgrass, a perennial that is actually a distant relative of wheat. And there’s a widespread team of researchers hoping their work will pave the way for an entirely new form of food.


An Alternative View of Human Nature: Rebecca Solnit on Disaster as a Catalyst for Dignity, Agency, and Human Goodness

In his diary of moral development, young Tolstoy proclaimed: “This is the entire essence of life: Who are you? What are you?” The part left unspoken, perhaps because it is often unspeakable, is that there is no solid self to give a constant answer —


‘Everyone Should Beatbox’: Harvard Hits A Rhythm With Beatboxing Residency

“People don’t sing, because they don’t think they can, but wouldn’t it be a great world if everyone sang? If everyone could feel the power of their voice? Everyone should sing, everyone should dance and everyone should beatbox,” beatboxer, poet and Broadway actor Chesney Snow says.


United States: Philosophy class examines universal Basic Income whose time has come

A Stanford University class –available on a podcast replays the 1970s Manitoba, Canada, experiment called “mincome,” on the way to rejoicing in Universal Basic Income.

In the U.S., Silicon Valley entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, who according to some is preparing to run for U.S. President, are promoting universal basic income.


Frida, the bravest rescue dog, has been immortalised in a mural

When Mexico suffered a devasting earthquake a few weeks ago, Frida the hero dog was there to pull people from the rubble. In fact, she rescued 53 people, including 12 in life-threatening situations. So it’s only good and right that she’s finally been given some recognition. Frida the bravest and most loyal labrador has been honoured with her very own mural in Mexico City, complete with doggy goggles and a Navy-issue rescue vest.


Meet the Disabled Veteran Who Prototypes Prosthetics for Cats

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Maker Movement is how inclusive it is. Anyone can be a maker, and everyone is encouraged to find the maker within. Highly skilled combat veteran Karolyn Smith never considered herself a maker. Having returned home from her deployments with multiple debilitating injuries and PTSD, she found herself heavily medicated and losing hope, with no real solutions in sight.


This Furniture Is Made Out of Mushrooms

SEBASTIAN COX WAS walking through his four-acre woodland when he saw two branches from hazel trees stuck together.

“When I pried them apart I realized that what was keeping them together was fungus,” he said.

Fast forward eighteen months and Cox is holding a fully formed, fungus-made lamp and stool in his workshop in southeast London.