10 in 2 - Week of April 10th

  • This is the 10 in 2 report for the week of April 10th
  • 10 news stories that piqued our interest us this week

 

  1. Bret Bart. The New York Times hired Bret Stephens this week to its editorial staff. In 2015 he wrote that climate change — along with hunger in America, campus rape statistics, and institutionalized racism— are “imaginary enemies.” (ThinkProgress)
  2. One of my favorite podcasts “Science Vs”, digs into GM foods this week to find out whether they’re safe to eat and what impact they can have on the environment. Highly recommended listen. (Science Vs)
  3. Oman's mountains may hold clues for reversing climate change. A unique rock formation pulls carbon out of thin air, and geologists are pretty excited about the potential. (WRAL)
  4. A new device developed at MIT pulls water from dry air using a metal-organic framework, and is powered only by ambient light. This process isn’t new, but this super low energy-cost is groundbreaking. (phys.org)
  5. Apple is competing with the city of San Francisco to buy all of the trees. Apple is landscaping its new spaceship campus, and the city is building a giant park on top of the new transbay terminal.  This has led to a “surprisingly cutthroat” tree buying battle. (Business Insider)
  6. Tesla for the Air. Boeing and JetBlue have invested in Zunum Aero, an airline startup company working to design and build a fleet of short-haul hybrid electric aircraft by the early-2020s. (Quartz)
  7. Millennia-old ice samples extracted by scientists from locations across the Canadian Arctic, melted because of a freezer malfunction in a lab. 22,000 years’ worth of atmospheric information, were entirely or partially destroyed. A sad and ironic reflection of our global predicament. (NYT)
  8. Trump's border wall plan hits snag as congressman backs environmental suit. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and the Center for Biological Diversity call for environmental analysis before construction, which could delay the project for years. (The Guardian)
  9. More proof that we are a lot like them. Ant Species Megaponera analis has been recently discovered to rescue wounded comrades on the battlefield. 95 percent of the ants that were carried home and allowed to mend lived to fight again. (Smithsonian)
  10. Asia-Pacific countries are beginning to consider their own form of universal basic income in the face of an automation-induced jobs crisis. Basic income has been floated as a potential solution for decades, if not centuries, but this time, the robots really are here and we are going to have to figure it out somehow. (South China Morning Post)


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