locust inspires robot design

Gizmos & Gadgets: Robot Locomotion Inspired by Grasshoppers

December 19, 2015 – The animal kingdom has invented all kinds of means of locomotion. From multi-legged centipedes to eight-legged arthropods, six-legged insects, four-legged ... Continue Reading →
Planet X

Planets in the News – A Planet X and the Newest Goldilocks Zone Exoplanet

December 18, 2015 – Two planet stories this week caught my eye. The first may expand the number of known planets in our Solar System. And the second adds another exoplanet to ... Continue Reading →
Atmotube air quality monitor

Gizmos & Gadgets: Portable Wearable Device to Monitor the Air You Breathe

December 17, 2015 – For the person in your life who has everything why not buy them an Atmotube. This sleek, high-tech cylinder monitors the air around you and sends alerts to ... Continue Reading →

Getting Humans to Mars the NASA Way

December 16, 2015 – There is Mars One, Elon Musk and NASA. All talk about colonizing Mars. Mars One fantasizes about the first colonists getting to the Red Planet within the next ... Continue Reading →
Vitality Air

The Most Improbable News Headline I Read Today – Canada Selling Bottled Air to China

December 15, 2015 – The headline reads “Chinese buy up bottles of fresh air from Canada.” It sounds like a joke but in fact an Edmonton, Alberta company,  Vitality ... Continue Reading →

New Climate Agreement Combines the Best of Science and Business Practices

December 13, 2015 – With the nations of the world in unanimous agreement to keep global warming below 2.0 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) and strive to go no higher than 1.5 Celsius ... Continue Reading →
No plan B

COP21 Final Text to be Released Today – 1.5 Celsius Target Limit Adopted

December 12, 2015 – They should have been more dramatic in releasing the text of the agreement by doing it at 12 noon local Paris time on the 12th day of the 12th month of the ... Continue Reading →
Coal field in India

Coal and COP21: Is It the End of Days for This Fossil Fuel?

December 11, 2015 – The climate talks in Paris will end on Saturday with some kind of international agreement. It will not bind any one nation to meeting carbon reduction targets ... Continue Reading →

Quebec and Ontario Invest in EV Charging Infrastructure

December 10, 2015 – Canada’s two largest provinces are not only getting greener through a joint carbon cap-and-trade system with California, but like the American state ... Continue Reading →
Rubius Therapeutics red blood cells

Genetically Modified Red Blood Cells Are Being Used to Treat Disease

December 10, 2015 – An 18-month-old company is developing drugs for tough diseases. The company is Rubius Therapeutics. Its trademarked treatment is Red-Cell Therapeutics. What ... Continue Reading →