In today’s edition of Squirrel News, a new breast cancer treatment is about to emerge, seniors retire on college campuses, and an affordable housing project utilises mushroom architecture.
Experimental vaccine could combat breast cancer
University of Washington researchers have seen promising results in the first phase of human trials for a DNA-based vaccine against breast cancer. The vaccine is now in phase two trials.
Denver high school helps teens stay sober
5280 High School — the only recovery high school in Colorado — helps students struggling with addiction recover in between lessons.
Retirees move in at Arizona State University
The senior living community fosters intergenerational learning and challenges ageist stereotypes on Arizona State University’s campus.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Oakland affordable housing project grown from fungi
A 300-unit affordable housing complex is the first to test architect and professor David Benjamin’s mushroom buildings on a large scale.
Reasons to be Cheerful
French energy workers provide unauthorised free power during strike
The Robin Hood-inspired actions powered low-income communities, schools and other places as part of a larger strike against France’s proposal to increase the retirement age.
New window technology harnesses solar energy
Company Ubiquitous Energy plans to eventually roll out the MIT-developed solar windows to homes and offices, transforming the power grid.
Australia turns to neurodivergent people to fill worker gap
Federal government agency Services Australia focuses on hiring neurodivergent people, including people with autism. Advocates say they can address the skills shortage.
Red lights combat light pollution’s effect on nature
Blue and white artificial lighting negatively affects animal and insect behavior. In Grand Teton National Park, researchers are using red lights to mitigate the effect of light pollution on insects and bats.
Why butterflies thrive in Arizona’s botanical gardens
For southwestern butterfly varieties, urban green spaces, like the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, are a much-needed refuge from climate change and drought.
The Arizona Republic
Artificial bridges allow wildlife to cross roads over tree canopy
Researchers found that monkeys prefer using the artificial canopy bridges to crossing the potentially busy roads below. They hope to find best practices so that more places can utilise the bridges.