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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re looking at an environmentally responsible alternative to palm oil made from ecological waste, greenhouses that can be moved and provide nutrition in times of crisis and humanitarian disaster, and trauma specialists assisting teachers in welcoming undocumented students.
Alternative oil made from biological waste could replace palm oil
In an effort to reduce deforestation and protect biodiversity, this substance made from recycled materials might be a sustainable alternative to palm oil.
Mobile greenhouses to combat hunger in humanitarian crisis
In order to provide essential nutrition in war zones, researchers have developed three systems that function without soil, are mobile and can yield returns on short notice.
Pete Buttigieg en route to become first openly gay minister in USA
President-elect Joe Biden will nominate the former mayor as secretary of transportation and first member of his climate change team.
The New York Times
Single experimental injection could improve overall eyesight
Despite only being injected into one eye, this gene therapy could combat vision loss in both eyes, first trials have shown.
Vertical farm powered by renewable energy to produce 1,000 tons of vegetables per year
This collaboration between a Danish startup with a Taiwanese tech company uses wind power and aquaponics in indoor farms to improve food production.
Relaxation of rules allows more gay and bisexual men to donate blood in UK
The move removes the need for three months of abstinence before donations, and marks a breakthrough in the acceptance of non-heteronormative men in British society.
Innovative water purification system offers drinking water made from urine
A technology to purify water commonly used in space travel is now being adapted to tackle drinking water shortages on Earth.
New conversation tool helps create first aerial map of Hawaii’s coral reefs
Using laser guided imaging spectroscopy and artificial intelligence, the technology could potentially assist conservationists beyond the reefs.
Indian conservationists successfully increase number of gharials
Higher numbers of the crocodile’s cousin are returning to their natural habitats, having also been spotted in Nepal.
Trauma specialists are providing support to undocumented students in US schools
School officials are using their budgets to prioritise the mental wellbeing of undocumented students upon their enrolment.
The Hechinger Report