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Culture | Transportation
It's Electric: Lyft Announces Sustainability Goals

Lyft recently announced its daring plan to use only electric vehicles by 2030. The company also committed to increasing equity in transportation for vulnerable communities. Other leading companies may be inspired to follow suit.

Culture | Science

Bees… and bubbles?

Dr. Eijiro Miyako has developed a method for pollination using soap bubbles. Miyako’s soapy concoction successfully fertilized a pear orchard in Japan. This could provide an alternative to bee pollination, which has declined along with the bee population.

Culture | Science
Bacteria Navigate a Difficult Maze
Culture | Sustainability
Forget High-Tech, Go Lo—TEK
Culture | Science
The Life of Lizards

Inside the World's First Regenerative Highway

Since ancient times, humans have been altering the environment to create throughways for the transport of food and goods, not to mention travel and military defense. But over the course of thousands of years, little has changed regarding the way roads are built. It’s still a necessity to clear trees and disrupt layers of earth to make way for smoother, more durable foundations, but at what cost?  

Tech | Engineering
The Role of 3D Printing In the Coronavirus Crisis
Tech | Engineering
Living in a Digital (Post-Coronavirus) World
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Culture | Science
Space Food For A New Era

As technology hints at the future of space travel, which will likely include space tourism, a group of researchers currently is working on answering a key question: What will we eat en route to Mars?  

Culture | Food

Ice Cream On Demand, Delivered By Drones

Forget chasing after your neighborhood ice cream truck. Now one drone startup is partnering with Unilever, parent company of Ben & Jerry's, to test a drone delivery system, bringing pints of Cherry Garcia and Half Baked directly to your door. 

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Culture | Urban Planning
These Sleeping Pods Come With A Steep Price
Culture | Urban Planning
A Bird's Eye View of Urban Renewal
Culture | Urban Planning
Cows Test Their Sea Legs
Culture | Music

Want To Mix Music Like A Pro?

A new app, called Bounce, aims to help artists collaborate, even if you don't have a record deal yet.

Culture | Healthcare
Cat Allergies Could Become a Thing of the Past
Design | Materials
Fashion Makes Way for Innovative Eco Collections
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Culture | Science
What’s Really in Your CBD?

CBD products are everywhere in 2019, from local bodegas to high-end boutiques. But as more companies tout the health benefits of their cure-all oils and balms, the Food and Drug Administration continues to grapple with ways to regulate what’s in them. 

Culture | Retail

Companies Are Betting on Sound for Brand Loyalty

Would you enjoy doing laundry more if your washing machine played music? Some companies are hoping the answer yes, as they strive to create user experiences that strengthen brand loyalty.

Culture | Food
Nestlé and Unilever Push U.S. Government for A Price on Carbon
Culture | Architecture
Would You Live in A 19th-Century Shopping Mall?
Culture | Space
SETI's New Mixtape For E.T. Promises To Be Cosmically Cool
Culture | Sustainability

New Research Suggests Massive Reforestation Efforts Could Erase 10 Years of Carbon Emissions

The Lorax isn't the only one speaking for the trees. Dr. Thomas Crowther, an ecologist from ETH Zurich, also speaks for the trees—all three trillion of them. Using ground surveys, satellites, machine learning, and AI, Crowther and his team arrived at not only a larger number of trees than previously estimated, but also an ambitious assertion about their potential to mitigate climate change. If an additional 1.2 trillion trees are planted in non-urban and non-agricultural lands, it could effectively cancel out 10 years of anthropogenic carbon emissions, Crowther says.

Culture | Robotics
50 Business Pushing Us Forward Into The Future
Culture | Engineering
Teen Designs Prosthetic Arms Using Legos, Dubs Himself "Hand Solo"
Culture | Products
Retail in 2019: More Subscriptions, More Sustainability, and More Startups
Culture | Products
Giant Corporations Take First Step Towards Real Climate Accountability With Reusable Packaging

Neoliberalism, the morally bankrupt economic ideology that pervades the majority of world governments and markets, would have you believe that by simply using LEDs, taking public transportation, or buying a Prius you can make a significant impact in the fight against climate change. This is, of course, ridiculous, argues Guardian columnist Martin Lukas, when faced with the fact that only 100 companies are responsible for 71% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Many of these emissions come from the petrochemical industry, which produces about 300 million metric tons of cheap virgin plastic every year. Emissions from petrochemical plants are expected to rise 20% by 2030, according to New York Times. That's why a recent announcement that brands such as PepsiCo, Unilever, and Nestlé will begin testing out reusable packaging in a pilot program with recycling company TerraCycle comes as big news. Not only does it offer a glimmer of hope for a reduction in plastic production, but it shows that world-wide demand for corporate climate accountability can be effective.

Culture | Products

Put Your Greenest Foot Forward

Going green isn’t just a trend anymore. Companies across industries have picked up on the general public's existential panic about the state of the planet and are actively working to make sustainability practices standard. One such corporation is Kickstarter, the funding platform that popularized both the Pebble smartwatch and the return of Reading Rainbow, which recently launched its own Environmental Resources Center to help aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs seamlessly integrate sustainability into their projects.

Culture | Products
A 60's Classic Makes a Splash in Today's Market
Culture | Healthcare
Hustle Porn is Unrealistic and Sexist
Culture | Software
France Develops App to End Cultural Snobbery
Culture | Healthcare

The Marijuana-As-Healthcare Revolution Passes Major Milestone

This past decade has seen some major political and culture shifts in attitude towards marijuana—with nine states approving its recreational use and another 21 states approving medicinal use, the U.S. is slowly coming around to this hotly contested plant's powers of persuasion. Another major shift in opinion happened last week, when the FDA approved the first cannabis-based drug for prescription across all 50 states. This drug specifically targets and reduces episodes of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a form of epilepsy, and Dravet syndrome, a brain dysfunction, by 25%. 

Culture | Art
Cyborg Artist Choreographs Earthquakes Via Feet Implants
Culture | Art
Space Artist Imagines Way Cooler Night Sky
Culture | Space
The Truth Is Out There In Technosignatures
Culture | Art
Star-Studded Design Team Reimagines Claude Debussy’s Only Opera, Pelléas et Mélisande

A new incarnation of Pelléas et Mélisande, the only opera ever completed by Claude Debussy, in 1902, is a feast for the eyes—literally. Current-day directors and choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet envisioned the Opera Vlaanderen and Royal Ballet Flanders production as a window into the human soul. “The libretto is so much about vision that we thought to make the story unfold inside an eyeball,” Jalet explains.

Culture | Food

Coca-Cola Bets On A New Drug

What do these three things have in common: cocaine, caffeine, and cannabis? For starters, they all start with "c" and they're all considered drugs by the United States government. They also share a relationship with the Coca-Cola company, who infused their beverages with trace amounts of cocaine until 1929 and continues to caffeinate many of their products today. The soda company purportedly is in talks with Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis to create a CBD-infused soft drink. 

Culture | Interior Design
HQ by WeWork Ditches Kombucha, Keeps Short Term Leases
Culture | Food
Food Gets The Futurist Treatment
Culture | Transportation
LEGO Builds A Life-Size Bugatti Chiron
Culture | Art

Instagram Is Re-Shaping The Museum Experience

If the modern art museum is starting to lean a little too heavy on the installation side of things for you, blame Instagram and the profusion of pop-up museums the photo and video-sharing social media giant has spurred. Places like the Museum of Ice Cream or the wndr museum cater to the type of visitor who needs to document and share everything on "the 'gram," creating beautiful if slightly over-hyped exhibits in which to take the perfect selfie. The question remains: is this a bastardization of artistic traditions, a new chapter in the historiography of art, or just a fad?

Culture | Food
It's Time for Humanity to Remember Its "Alternative" Roots
Culture | Transportation
Numtots Are Exactly the Type of Meme-Making Millennials That City Dwellers Need
Culture | Architecture
WeLive Aims to Disrupt Sad, Anonymous City Living Next