Note — Sep 18, 2022

No.234 Asides

  • Don’t forget the PRIMER22 conference this week on the theme EXPER:ENCES OF T:ME. The even is part of the Design Futures Initiative, which has chapters all around the world. As I mentioned last week, I just started co-hosting the one in Montréal, with our first live event being held last Tuesday. Follow the LinkedIn page to keep up to date.
  • 🤔 🐟 “Enriched seaweed” could ease the global food crisis. “A new hybrid aquaculture system that nourishes edible seaweed with the waste from fish, can dramatically boost seaweed growth by 25% a day, amp up its nutritional value, and make algae more attractive to the food industry, new research shows.”
  • 🤔 🪸 🇦🇺 Scientists can now train coral to spawn on demand. “[R]esearchers in Australia have joined a select few labs around the world that have figured out how to trigger spawning on a human-made schedule. The breakthrough at Australia’s National Sea Simulator, or SeaSim, announced August 22, is a critical step in the push to grow coral on a massive scale to help save the country’s Great Barrier Reef as its ravaged by climate change.”
  • ⚡️ 🛵 🇮🇳 🇨🇳 🇻🇳 Scooters and 3-wheelers are really what’s driving an EV revolution. “[T]he global fleet of electric two- and three-wheelers, which, as of last year, reached 274.7 million vehicles on the road, comprising 42% of all sales of these smaller vehicles.”
  • ⚡️ 🚲 The E-Bike Is Pure Joy. Answering Ian Bogost’s take. “A recent essay in ‘The Atlantic’ ignores the many ways in which electric bicycles are helping cyclists commute, recreate, and enjoy themselves”
  • ☀️ ⚡️ Solar Industry Supply Chain That Will Beat Climate Change Is Already Being Built. “The solar boom of the past two decades has left the world with a cumulative 971GW of panels. The polysilicon sector is now betting on hitting something like that level of installations every year.”
  • 🤩 🔭 I had no ideas this had existed! Aerial telescope. “[A] type of very long focal length refracting telescope, built in the second half of the 17th century, that did not use a tube.[1] Instead, the objective was mounted on a pole, tree, tower, building or other structure on a swivel ball-joint. The observer stood on the ground and held the eyepiece, which was connected to the objective by a string or connecting rod.” (Via The Prepared.)