Tag Archives: Environment

Antarctic drone duty gets a successful start

A scientific team supported by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is reporting the successful deployment of a trio of undersea drones to monitor how climate change affects Antarctica’s ice sheets. Now it’s up to the drones. “We are so pleased with … Continue reading

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Do rockets blast away the ozone layer? Not yet…

Thanks to Blue Origin, SpaceX and other space ventures, the skies could well be filled with rockets in years to come. But what will that do to the environment? The short answer is, not that much right now. But as … Continue reading

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Why Walmart wants to patent robot bees

Robot bees have hit the big time. In the 10 days since Walmart’s patent application for “systems and methods for pollinating crops via unmanned vehicles” came to light, the idea of building drones to do what bees do has gone viral. The … Continue reading

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Canada’s PM talks about pipelines with Science Guy

Canada’s highest-ranking science geek, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, shared a stage with Bill Nye the Science Guy at the University of Ottawa today — and shared a teachable moment on the subject of oil pipelines. The event was a forum focusing … Continue reading

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Chinook salmon are shrinking – but why?

King salmon, the big fish that are famous in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, are shrinking — not only in numbers, but in size as well. A study published today in the journal Fish and Fisheries has found that the largest and oldest … Continue reading

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TV show reveals turmoil behind solar-powered flight

From the outside, it looked as if the Swiss-led Solar Impulse project smoothly soldiered through adversity as its solar-powered plane made a record-setting trip around the world in 2015 and 2016. But the perspective was different when seen from the inside: The … Continue reading

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DroneSeed raises cash to plant trees with drones

Seattle-based DroneSeed has raised more than $5 million in funding for a venture that uses drones to plant trees and sustain them from the air, according to documents filed this month with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Nov. 16 filing says 19 investors … Continue reading

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