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Farmer Drones
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:49
Urbana, Illinois, March 2017—Crop breeders grow thousands of potential varieties at a time. But until recently, observations of key traits were done by hand. And there are not only a lot of plants to contend with, the checking needs to be done repeatedly.

“Farmers might have a 100-acre field planted with one soybean variety, whereas breeders may have 10,000 potential varieties planted on one 10-acre field. The farmer can fairly quickly determine whether the single variety in a field is ready to be harvested. However, breeders have to walk through research fields several times in the fall to determine the date when each potential variety matures,” explained University of Illinois soybean breeder Brian Diers.
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There’s an App for That
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Monday, 26 December 2016 16:17
London, England, United Kingdom, December 2016—BioBeats, a leader in digital health and artificial intelligence, has announced it has created a new proprietary algorithm that effectively estimates user stress level from physiological signals. BioBeats Hear and Now platform uses machine learning and AI to provide highly personalized stress monitoring and management tools for individuals as well as corporate wellness programs. 
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From Smelly to Smiley
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Friday, 18 November 2016 22:23
Helsinki, Finland, November 2016—VTT, a Finnish research center, has developed a solution for converting small sources of methane-rich biogas into raw materials for animal feed or bioplastic on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. The emission-reducing solution is based on ability of a certain kind of bacteria to grow on methane in gas fermentors.

Methane-rich biogas is generated worldwide on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants in anaerobic digestion of biological material. Until now, the processing of such gas into biomethane has only been viable on large biogas-producing sites; small biogas sources such as farms have remained largely unexploited.
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Making Sense of Two Special Words
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Monday, 26 September 2016 20:07
Jefferson City, Missouri, September 2016—And those words are: Engineered Composites.

As identified, an engineered composite is a combination of polymers and resins, mixed with marble or granite chips and a recyclable such as glass, and created in a mold made special for the job involved, which soon becomes part of someone’s kitchen or bath.

Exceptionally beautiful, almost impervious to damage—and thus destined for a long life, engineered composites bring enormous possibilities to the table (maybe even the table itself!) Plus, it carries with it a statement about the environment and about the home or office owner who is having it made. 
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Being Bullish About an Unknown
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 17:01
Just About Everywhere, August 2016—Nuclear fusion may be the most promising energy source that most of us have never heard of.

Scientists first discovered fusion as a potential energy source in the 1930’s and have been quietly working on it ever since. Only recently, given societal pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels, has fusion started to capture the attention of the media and policymakers. 
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Tofurky Talk
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Friday, 18 November 2016 22:48
Hood River, Oregon, November 2016—For those of you who may have been away for awhile, The Tofurky Company is the company which produces Tofurky, a popular vegetarian and vegan alternative to turkey, as well other meatless products. All are vegan and approved by the UK Vegan Society, and most are kosher-certified by the Kosher Services of America.

Starting out small in the tempeh business, today Tofurky is leading the charge on animal-friendly eating through a mission of yumminess. The family company reports it is still sure of one thing: that people, animals and the environment matter more than profit margins.
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Children’s Health Month
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Friday, 28 October 2016 15:39
Lenexa, Kansas, October 2016 – Like all the months of the year, each has been set aside for at least one ‘special’ month—usually to point attention to creating a better world for all of us. October is no exception, and was designated years ago as Children’s Health Month.
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Good News for East-Siders
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Monday, 26 September 2016 19:50
Washington, DC, September 2016—Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized updates to the agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). This means that it most surely will help protect communities in the eastern U.S. from smog-forming pollution that crosses state lines and will help states meet the 2008 air quality standards for smog, or ozone.

The CSAPR Update will continue to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from power plants that contribute to downwind ozone problems in the eastern U.S.
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Levi’s Surprise
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:53
Seattle, Washington, May 2016—Textile technology startup Evrnu™, and global jeanswear leader Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co)recently announced they have created the world’s first jean made from regenerated post-consumer cotton waste.

Using a new, patent-pending recycling technology, discarded consumer waste is converted into renewable fiber. The prototype, in the form of a pair of iconic Levi’s® 511® jeans, is hoped to represent a future where textile waste is reduced and cotton garments are continually regenerated to create a more sustainable world.

Each year in the U.S. alone, 13.1 million tons of textile waste is created and of this 11 million tons ends up in landfills. Until now, there hasn’t been a viable solution that effectively transforms old clothes into new without compromising quality or strength. With Evrnu technology, discarded cotton clothing can be turned into a new cotton-like fiber, creating new possibilities. 
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