In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a growing number of female taxi drivers challenging gender perceptions in Somalia, NYPD’s crime fighting robot dog, and Mexico’s femicide detective Frida Guerrera tackling violence against women.
Somalia’s female taxi drivers are challenging gender stereotypes
An increasing number of women are taking control of their own livelihoods and challenging traditional gender perceptions by embarking on new careers as taxi drivers.
Source: Africa News
New York Police Department’s robot dog will navigate crime scenes
The newest member of the NYPD will allow officers to examine the scene prior to entry, potentially reducing incidents of excessive force and police brutality.
Hunting the men who kill women: Mexico’s femicide detective
Although femicide is a recognised crime in Mexico, when a woman disappears, the authorities are notoriously slow to act – but there is someone who will take on their case.
Source: The Guardian
A minesweeping device made of bamboo is saving lives in war zones
The wind-powered Mine Kafon ball drifts across areas of land in a tumbleweed-like fashion, and is able to withstand at least four detonations before requiring any part to be replaced.
Source: Interesting Engineering
Zoologists are using 30,000 elephant selfies to reduce human-animal conflict
Zoologists have compiled the world’s largest collection of thermal images of elephants, with the intention being to use them in a variety of conservation projects.
Source: BBC News
Russia’s fossil fuel-heavy Sakhalin region plans to go carbon-neutral by 2025
The move comes as a surprise from a country often seen as unambitious on climate action, particularly as the far Eastern island’s economy relies on oil, gas and coal exports.
Source: Thomson Reuters News Foundation
Activist coalition Desegregate Connecticut aims to tackle zoning laws and boost equity
The group is addressing outdated bureaucracy and hoping to fight housing discrimination as a result, with the movement gaining traction in other cities.
Source: The Philadelphia Citizen
Mardi Gras Gives relief initiative supports female, BIPOC and older New Orleans bartenders
The $62,500 scheme will allocate at least 50% of funds to marginalised communities affected by COVID-19 lockdowns.
Source: Out Traveler
Kalunga communities are digitally mapping traditional lands to preserve Cerrado culture
Although remote lands belonging to the Afro-Brazilian groups are frequent targets for illegal deforestation, georeferencing data acts as the first step in ensuring better protections.
New technological approaches are tackling sport’s concussion problem
Smart mouth guards and innovative helmets are just two of the ways in which researchers are helping to fight the risk of brain disease stemming from head injuries in sport.
Source: BBC News
A swimwear brand for transgender girls empowers those undergoing transition
RUBIES uses smoothing compression technology and mesh, helping transgender girls feel more comfortable doing the same activities as their cisgender friends.