Great Barrier Reef Showing Signs of Recovery

Stretching more than 1,430 miles along Queenland’s coastline, the Great Barrier Reef is the longest coral reef in the world.

The Great Barrier Reef is big. Some parts of it died during the 2014-2017 bleaching events…

Coral bleaching occurs when coral experiences stress from heightened water temperatures or poor water quality.

In response, the coral ejects a photosynthetic algae called zooxanthellae, which removes the coral’s distinctive color.

If the stress conditions persist, the coral will die, the report says, but if conditions return to acceptable levels, some coral can reabsorb the substance and recover…

A diver swims past dead coral as a result of bleaching in off Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef in 2016.

Some parts started recovering in the past few winter months…

The majority coral colonies on the inshore reefs have regained their color.

 

24 Year Old CEO of The Ocean Clean Up Going After Pacific Garbage Patch

Boyan Slat is a Dutch inventor, entrepreneur who creates technologies to solve societal problems, and Aerospace Engineering student drop-out. He is now the CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, which develops advanced systems to rid world’s oceans of plastic…
From Boyan Slat’s Facebook.

This vortex of trash, located between California and Hawaii, covers 600,000 square miles of ocean and is responsible for countless animal deaths. After years of testing and research (he invented the device 4 years ago), Slat’s foundation The Ocean Cleanup is finally ready to launch the system and begin the Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup.

Instead of going after the plastic, Boyan devised a system though which, driven by the ocean currents, the plastic would concentrate itself, reducing the theoretical cleanup time from millennia to mere years. In February 2013 he dropped out of his Aerospace Engineering study at TU Delft to start The Ocean Cleanup.
The first cleanup prototype was deployed in June 2016, and The Ocean Cleanup now prepares to launch the first full-scale operational system into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by mid-2018.

On September 8, the system will be launch from The Ocean Cleanup assembly yard and move through the San Francisco Bay toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Once launched, it should take about 3.5 hours to enter the Pacific Ocean, at which point its final destination will be about 1,000 nautical miles away.

This Company Wants to Remove CO2 from the Air and Turn it into Products.

A company in Switzerland, by the name of Climeworks, is developing a technology to suck carbon dioxide out of the air…

Climeworks was founded by engineers Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, who decided to build a company together on the day they met at university in 2003.

the world’s first commercial-scale direct air capture plant. (Climeworks)

 

Their plants capture atmospheric carbon with a filter. Then air is drawn into the plant and the CO2 within the air is chemically bound to the filter.

Once the filter is saturated with CO2 it is heated to around 100 °C (212 °F). The CO2 is then released from the filter and collected as concentrated CO2 gas to supply to customers or for negative emissions technologies…

CO2-free air is released back into the atmosphere. This continuous cycle is then ready to start again.

The filter is reused many times and lasts for several thousand cycles.

 

America’s Largest Grocery Chain Bans Plastic Bags to Eliminate 123 Million Pounds of Garbage Annually Sent to Landfills

Kroger is America’s largest supermarket chain and they are going to ban plastic checkout bags to transition into reusable ones and eliminate 123 million pounds of garbage annually sent to landfills.

CEO Rodney McMullen said ‘The plastic shopping bag’s days are numbered.’

They are looking to cut back or phase out plastic bags for produce and meat, but it’s focusing on eliminating checkout bags for now.

The ban will directly affect a wide swath of consumers: Kroger serves 9 million customers every day at its nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia…

Indian Computer Engineer Finds Way to Detect Breast Cancer Without Radiation

In the United States, 90 percent of women with breast cancer survive five years. In India 66 percent do; in Uganda only 46 percent do. Every year more than 70,000 Indian women die of breast cancer, more than anywhere else in the world.

Mihir Shah is an Indian computer engineer and has found a way to detect breast cancer without radiation.

At Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems in Philadelphia, a new ceramic sensor technology developed and was used to detect subtle variations in breast tissue. With that, Mr. Shah and his colleague Matthew Campisi developed iBreastExam, a battery-operated wireless machine that records variations in breast elasticity…

It’s small hand-held device that allows health care workers to perform breast examinations in five minutes, anywhere. Painless and radiation-free, it provides results just a few minutes after the exam through a mobile app, which also records patients’ data.

150,000+ Women have been screened in 12 Countries.

The Placebo Effect is Helping Health Issues

pla·ce·bo ef·fect
pləˈsēbō əˈfekt,ēˈfekt/
noun
  1. a beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.

The placebo effect used to be considered an annoying variable that needed to be controlled in clinical trials. Now have researchers realized that it wasn’t just an error, it was the key to understanding the healing that arises from the power the mind.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School are now studying what exactly happens.

Program in Placebo Studies and Therapeutic Encounter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center just got a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The reality of medicine is that it can work even without medicine.

And it has already worked in trials for irritable bowel syndrome, chronic low back pain, and episodic migraine attacks.

One-Person Vehicle That Runs on Compressed Oxygen

Mechanical engineering students from Helwan University have found a way to run a car with air to promote clean energy and battle increasing gas prices, in Cairo, Egypt.

The students say that their vehicle can hit 24 miles / 40 kilometers an hour and last 18 miles / 30 kilometers before needing to be refueled, and it only costs about 18,000 Egyptian pounds, 1,008 American dollars, to build…

($1 = 17.8500 Egyptian pounds)

The students claim it can run for pretty much no cost.

What do you think?

Huge Cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Discovered between 1985 and 1988 by a man on a yacht by mistake, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or sometimes called the Pacific trash vortex… is a collection of plastic and floating trash halfway between Hawaii and California.

It is now three times the size of France.

The Ocean Clean Up is going to start cleaning it in days.

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

Their system now fully launched in the lagoon to clean the garbage patch. The assembly crew has moved on to assembling the last stabilizers and solar-powered electronics.

Their system consists of a 600-meter-long floater that sits at the surface of the water and a tapered 3-meter-deep skirt attached below. The floater provides buoyancy to the system and prevents plastic from flowing over it, while the skirt stops debris from escaping underneath. This will be used to mock a coast line.

Both the plastic and system are being carried by the current. However, wind and waves propel only the system, as the floater sits just above the water surface, while the plastic is primarily just beneath it. The system moves faster than the plastic, allowing the plastic to be captured.

The Ocean Cleanup has estimated to be able to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years’ time. The concentrated plastic will be brought back to shore for recycling and sold to B2C companies.

The revenue gained will help fund the cleanup expansion to the other four places on the planet with this problem.

 

 

Molson Coors Makes Cannabis-Infused Beverage Deal in Canada

The Molson Coors Brewing Company is a multinational brewing company, formed in 2005 by the merger of Molson of Canada, and Coors of the United States. It is the world’s seventh largest brewer by volume.

Molson Coors plans to sell pot-infused drinks in Canada, where consumable marijuana will become legal next year.

Molson Coors Brewing Co. is based in Colorado, which along with Washington, were the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada in October, but consumable forms of the drug will be legal there in 2019.

The Denver brewer said its Canadian unit, Molson Coors Canada, is teaming with Canadian cannabis producer, The Hydropothecary Corporation (HEXO), to create a joint partnership “to pursue opportunities to develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages for the Canadian market following legalization.”

Molson Coors Canada will have a 57.5 percent controlling interest in the joint standalone venture and HEXO will control the remainder.

Aside from this, Denver-based Molson Coors reported second-quarter net sales fell slightly but second-quarter earnings per share bested analysts’ expectations.

Molson Coors reported second-quarter net sales fell to $3.085 billion from $3.091 billion a year earlier. Analysts were expecting sales of $3.1 billion.