In Better News – 14.09.17

Nach einem Monat will ich mal die wöchentlichen guten Nachrichten aus Wissenschaft, Kultur und Technik fortsetzen. Diesmal u.a. mit tierfreiem Fleisch, einem kompostierbarem Auto und jede Menge guter Nachrichten aus dem Bereich der erneuerbaren Energien.

A New Gene Editing Breakthrough Could Allow Us to Transplant Pig Organs Into Humans

A team of researchers from Harvard and eGenesis have genetically engineered pigs, removing viruses to make transplanting their organs into humans safer. This could be a game changing development for the future of organ transplants.

Ohio State researchers report breakthrough in cell regeneration

In what researchers consider a major scientific leap, a team at Ohio State University has discovered a new way of turning skin cells into any type of cells the body might need, a technology that has limitless potential, from regenerating a wounded limb to repairing a brain after stroke to healing a damaged heart.

Bill Gates and Richard Branson Back Startup That Grows ‘Clean Meat’

Cargill Inc., one of the largest global agricultural companies, has joined Bill Gates and other business giants to invest in a nascent technology to make meat from self-producing animal cells amid rising consumer demand for protein that’s less reliant on feed, land and water.

Dutch students ‘grow’ a biodegradable car made of beet sugar and flax

According to Reuters, the only components not made of bio-based materials are the wheels and suspension system. The car is named Lina, and its lightweight frame has a similar strength-weight ratio to fiberglass.

Report: The World Invested $264 Billion in New Renewables in 2016

REN21’s latest Renewables Global Status Report claims that more solar energy technology installed worldwide in 2016 than any other form of renewable energy. Overall, renewable energy is growing much faster than fossil fuels, with the former receiving double the investment dollars for the fifth consecutive year.

Australia now generates enough renewable energy to power 70% of homes

GetUp energy campaigns director Miriam Lyons said, “everyday Australians are voting with their rooftops” in a move heralding “the end of the era of big polluting energy companies dominating the market and manipulating prices to fill their own pockets.”

UK government to install solar on 800,000 low-income houses

Investing in solar doesn’t just benefit the environment, it can also add some cushion to your wallet through energy savings. For this reason, the UK government has teamed up with renewable energy provider Solarplicity to install solar panels on 800,000 low-income households over the next five years.

There are over 341,000 wind turbines on the planet: Here’s how much of a difference they’re actually making

The GWEC says that in 2016 wind power helped the planet avoid more than 637 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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