Gizmos & Gadgets: A Robot Named Tarzan

April 14, 2017 – A robot that can swing through the trees like Tarzan could bear the fictional character’s name. So meet Tarzan. It doesn’t actually swing through ... Continue Reading →

The Math to Keep Global Mean Temperatures from Rising More Than 2 Degrees Celsius

April 3, 2017 – The world faces a daunting task over the next three decades taking us to 2050. By that date, if we are to stop the relentless climb in global temperatures caused ... Continue Reading →

The Challenge of the 21st Century – Reflections on 2,000 Postings to this Blog Site

March 28, 2017 – It has been seven years of writing, this journey of mine. Today marks the 2,000th entry to the site which I began back in October of 2009. I’ve enjoyed ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: SUAV:Q a Shape-Shifting Solar-Powered Drone Takes to the Air

February 27, 2017 – A team at the University of Minnesota have created a drone designed to fly over farm fields that can stay aloft all day using solar power. Called SUAV:Q, which ... Continue Reading →

When Humans Chose to Farm They Picked the Wrong Staple Crops to Grow

February 18, 2017 – We think of the Neolithic or Agricultural Revolution as the defining beginnings of modern human civilization. With the rise of farming, humans moved from hunter-gatherers ... Continue Reading →

Armyworms on the March in Africa – Pose a Major Threat to Food Production

February 15, 2017 – One of the consequences of greater global integration is the spread of invasive species. In Africa, already feeling the impact of a drying trend associated ... Continue Reading →

China Spending Billions to Make Rain

February 14, 2017 – China tried rainmaking during its hosting of the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Cannons fired silver iodide and dry ice shells into the skies around the ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: On Mars What Will Substitute for Bees? – Possibly Sticky Drones

February 13, 2017 – Here on Earth we rely on pollinators to ensure that the vegetables, fruits and staple crops we plant reproduce. Among the most prolific pollinators are bees. ... Continue Reading →

African and Asian Urban Expansion by 2030 Will Impact Critical Farmland

January 25, 2017 – The rapid expansion of Asian and African cities, fueled by rural to urban migration will have a significant impact on croplands and yields by 2030 states a ... Continue Reading →

Study Shows Climate Change Will Shift U.S. Crop Production North and East

January 24, 2017 – A new published study appearing in Scientific Reports describes changes to historic planting of crops in the United States looking at temperature, precipitation ... Continue Reading →