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💡 Optimist's Edge: Self-driving cars will be really fast
💡 Few humans can drive at 200 miles per hour, like an F1 driver, and it is very dangerous to do so. But that would be easy peasy for an autonomous vehicle.
🙈 Why are people so pessimistic about the future? Part I - wrong about the facts
A majority of people in the richest countries are pessimistic about the future. One reason is that they know less about humanity's progress than chimpanzees.
🦏 Rhino poaching falls to zero in large Indian reserve
Not a single one of the 2,600 rhinos in a reserve in India was killed by poachers last year.
🌊 New sustainable hydropower can meet the world's energy needs
Many countries in Africa and Asia can get all the electricity they need by expanding hydropower and they can do it in ways that don't harm the environment.
🐺 Record number of new arctic foxes in 2022
The arctic fox has recovered strongly in recent decades and 2022 saw a record number of new litters of arctic fox cubs
🌾 Solar panels harness the full light spectrum to improve crop yields
A new study from the University of California suggests that using the full light spectrum can benefit both solar energy production and crop yield.
🍄 Plastic-eating mushrooms - a key to removing plastic waste?
Some scientists believe that certain mushrooms with the ability to consume polyurethane - which is one of the main ingredients in plastic products - is the key to cleaning up our earth.