Monday, 1 November 2021
Good morning kwippers. Today we're shining our weekly spotlight on Stephanie Kilgast, an artist who creates lifelike sculptures out of trash or thrifted objects as a commentary on the resilience of our natural world. Her idea is to 'offer a cheerful post-apocalyptic world' and emphasize that humans are a part of nature, no matter how much we try to create an artificial barrier between us and the environment. Check out her beautiful work here. 

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Powered by tomatoes

A graduate from the Eindhoven Design Academy has replaced batteries with living plants in a self-built server system to explore how technology could form a symbiotic relationship with nature. The project derives renewable energy from tomato vines to run a cloud server, and the heat generated by the computer then offers an optimal growing temperature for the tomatoes. The system is called 'Warm Earth' and is designed for a hypothetical apocalyptic future that requires people to rely on living plants as an alternative source of energy. The server has just enough energy to host a single website, which flashes up a series of questions about how our network infrastructure impacts the natural environment.


Carinata to the rescue

After four years of searching, scientists have found a new plant-based aviation fuel that could significantly reduce the environmental impact of flying. The fuel is made from a type of mustard plant called Brassica Carinata and could reduce carbon emissions by up to 68%, according to research from the University of Georgia. The aviation industry emits 2.5% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the US and is responsible for 3.5% of global warming. This finding comes at an opportune moment as President Biden has just proposed a sustainable fuel tax credit as part of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge. Researchers have spent the past four years investigating how to grow Carinata in the south-eastern area of the US, exploring genetics and best practices for the highest crop and oil yield. Since Carinata is grown in the 'off' season it does not compete with other food crops, and it provides other 'cover-crop' benefits related to water quality, soil health, biodiversity and pollination.

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