10 in 2 - Week of August 28th - industrial melanism

  • This is our 10 in 2 report for the week of August 28th

  • 10 news stories from the week that think are important, interesting, or infuriating


...so here we go:


  1. An experimental conservation project that was abandoned and almost forgotten about, has ended up producing an amazing ecological win nearly two decades after it was dreamt up. A juice company dumped 1,000 truckloads of waste orange peels in a barren pasture in Costa Rica back in the mid 1990s, which eventually revitalised the desolate site into a thriving, lush forest. (Science Alert)

  2. IBM has partnered with a group of major retailers and food companies to explore how blockchain technology can enhance food safety, transparency, and traceability across the global food supply chain. The consortium of companies involved includes Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, McLane Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart.(IBM)

  3. Lauren Duca wrote a piece for Teen Vogue about why Harvey must be a turning point for how we respond to climate change. She wrote “Our current approach is like sitting next to a sandcastle, pretending we had no idea it was going to get swept away — only the sandcastle is civilization, and we know damn well that the waves are coming in.” (Teen Vogue)

  4. After issuing the world’s harshest ban on plastic bags, Kenya adjusts to life without them. Punishment for carrying, manufacturing, or importing plastic bags ranges from about $19,000 to as much as $38,000 or a jail term of up to four years. (QZ)

  5. Scientists have succeeded in combining spider silk with graphene and carbon nanotubes. The most mind blowing part about this advancement is that the spider itself spins the web after it drinks water containing the nanotubes. These advancements could lead to a new class of 'bionicomposites' including parachutes and other innovative applications. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  6. More graphene news you probably don’t want... Unbreakable rubber bands that are 200 times stronger than steel are coming soon: Alliance Rubber Co., a 94-year-old company based out of Alliance, Ohio, has announced a new partnership with the University of Sussex to infuse graphene into its rubber bands. (Science Alert)

  7. The colors the National Weather Service uses to show rainfall on its weather map couldn't represent the deluge in southeastern Texas, so the NWS added two more purple shades to its map. The old scale for a storm topped out at more than 15 inches; the new limit tops 30 inches. (NPR)

  8. The turtle-headed sea snake usually sports beautiful bands of alternating black and white. But for decades, researchers have been puzzled by populations living near Pacific Ocean cities that seem to have lost their stripes. Now a new study may finally have an answer: The pigment in black skin may help city snakes rid themselves of industrial pollutants.  This de-striping phenomenon is one of several micro evolutions taking place in animals that live in close proximity to cities, and scientists are now referring to the changes as “industrial melanism” (National Geographic)

  9. Giving every adult in the United States a $1,000 cash handout per month would grow the economy by $2.5 trillion by 2025, according to a new study on universal basic income. According to the report by the Roosevelt Institute, the larger the universal basic income, the greater the benefit to the economy. (CNBC)

  10. Increased temperatures from climate change will reduce yields of the four crops humans depend on most—wheat, rice, corn and soybeans—and the losses have already begun, according to a new meta-study by The National Academy of Sciences. (Forbes)

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