All posts in "Science & technology"

#1122 Save the world, starting with bees

By Cathryn Wellner / September 16, 2014

Just when news of the day threatens to make optimism look like a fool’s errand, I learn about a 4-decade-old organization that connects scientists and citizens around an important goal: to protect invertebrates and their habitat. Since 1971 the Xerces Society has cared about many of the unloved but essential creatures of the world. Our […]


#1093 Proud to celebrate growing diversity

By Cathryn Wellner / August 18, 2014

Canada made same-sex marriage legal nationwide nine years ago. Not only did the country not fall apart, the family crumble, and morality fade away, that act in support of equality and social justice has had a healing effect. While we still have miles (OK, kilometres) to go before we root out the vestiges of prejudice, […]


#1075 Organic vegetables and fresh fish from a backyard setup

By Cathryn Wellner / July 31, 2014

It makes sense that a home-aquaponics unit comes from innovators in a dry land, where both water and fertile soil are in short supply. Israel’s LivinGreen had developed the Livingbox. It can be constructed where water is at a premium and soon be providing fish and vegetables for the dinner table. Times of Israel spoke […]


#1070 Tesla Motors throws down the sustainability gauntlet at gas guzzlers

By Cathryn Wellner / July 26, 2014

Kudos to Tesla Motors. On June 12, 2014 the manufacturer of electric cars made an unusual announcement: They went open source. That means any company acting in good faith can have free access to their proprietary technology. Announcing the decision, which applies to both existing and future patents, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, said: Tesla Motors […]


#1061 Did you ever hear a rat laugh?

By Cathryn Wellner / July 17, 2014

Rats are seriously unimpressed by human jokes, but you can make them laugh. How? Tickle them. The scientist who is credited with that discovery is neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp. He and his colleagues discovered that not only did rats engage in play with each other. They also liked to play with humans. One activity they sought […]

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