These Vertical Farms Turn Unused City Wall Space Into Gardens That Grow Your Lunch

Read the full story in Fast Company. In most cities, where any available land tends to be quickly snatched up by developers, it can be hard for would-be urban farmers without backyards to find a place to plant crops. But if there aren't enough community garden plots to go around, one urban farming company thinks …

Game-Changing Process Mitigates CO2 Emissions Using Renewable Energy

Read the full story from the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Gold nanoparticles are at the heart of a new process conceived and developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) that can efficiently convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into usable chemicals and fuels—a breakthrough that could lead to an effective …

Webinar: Are robots a boon or a bust in scientific research?

November 18, 2015 -- noon-1 pm To watch the seminar live, connect to https://umn.webex.com/umn/onstage/g.php?d=749731945&t=a. Connection instructions are available here. Volkan Isler, IonE Resident Fellow and Associate Professor, College of Science and Engineering; and Mark Ditmer, Postdoctoral Researcher, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Robots are increasingly being put to scientific purposes. Autonomous aerial, …

Poor Indoor Air Quality Linked To Workers’ Low Cognitive Function

Read the full post from the Huffington Post. Running into mental blocks at your desk job? A new Harvard study says you may be able to blame it on the air quality in your office. In a paper published Monday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a team of researchers found that people working in …

Illinois Companies, Organizations Honored for Achievements In Sustainability

Nineteen Illinois companies and organizations were honored October 27 for their demonstrated leadership in implementing sustainable principles and practices. The Governor’s Sustainability Awards, the “Emmy Awards for Sustainability,” were presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) during a ceremony in Chicago. ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of …

Pooped out: absence of big mammals foils ecosystem fertilization

Read the full story at Planet Ark. You can call it the fertilization cessation, and scientists say it has had a disruptive effect on ecosystems around the world. A study unveiled on Monday showed that the extinction or precipitous population declines of large land and sea mammals starting at the end of the last Ice …