In Better News – 31.12.17

Zum Jahresende kommt hier noch einmal eine Linksammlung mit hoffnungsvoll stimmenden Nachrichten. Denn es war nicht alles schlecht in 2017 und auch nächstes Jahr werden wir bestimmt oft unseren Kopf auf die Tischplatte hauen wollen, aber es wird auch wieder viele faszinierende Entwicklungen im Bereich der Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft geben, die als Beweis für eine funktionierende Menschheit gelten können.

The tech that will power the 22nd century

As we enter a period of hyper-adoption of new technology, we have more data than ever before to give us an idea of what the world could look like in 100 years. And we know one thing, it’s that the future is going to be home to some amazing technologies.

Top 7 Breakthroughs of 2017 That Prove We’re Living in the Future

In 2017, researchers turned science fiction into science fact – from developments in gene editing technologies, to improvements in artificial intelligence and quantum computing – this has certainly been a year full of breakthroughs. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of the most impactful developments this year that are pushing boundaries toward a brighter future.31

8 Incredible Renewable Energy Projects That Launched in 2017

Here’s the good news: 2017 has been a huge year for renewable energy. Countries, companies, and communities across the globe have undertaken all kinds of projects to turn what was known as alternative energy into the energy solution of the future.

Solar powered smart windows break 11% efficiency – enough to generate more than 80% of US electricity

Gigantische Energiewende: Indien baut das größte Solar-Wind-Hybridkraftwerk der Welt!

Das Projekt in Anantapur hat daher auch Vorbildcharakter: Erweist es sich als erfolgreich, sollen ähnliche Anlagen in anderen Bezirken Andhra Pradeshs entstehen


New molecular printing technology could recreate complex chemical environments that resemble the human body

The researchers hope to create variations of the technique to enable even more complex patterning as well as focus on specific applications in tissue engineering and relevant in vitro models for biological studies.

Dutch designers convert algae into bioplastic for 3D printing

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have developed a bioplastic made from algae, which they believe could completely replace synthetic plastics over time.

These straws are edible and could help reduce plastic waste

LOLISTRAW is an edible, hyper-compostable straw. The straws are made of seaweed and can be turned into fertilizer. Their goal is to replace the 500 million plastic straws that are used and discarded every day in the U.S.


3D-printed pod homes for the homeless could hang from NYC buildings

Called Homed, the temporary housing solution comprises partly 3D-printed hexagonal pods that use scaffolding to attach to the sides of unused, windowless building facades. The modular units could be easily customized for different uses and transported from site to site.

IKEA, David Chang and ruler of Dubai invest $40 million in AeroFarms vertical farming

The company intends to use the money to address the escalating challenge of bringing healthy, sustainable food to the growing global population using their innovative aeroponic growing system.

Selbstversorgung aus kleinem Stadtgarten funktioniert: Hier ist der lebendige Beweis!

Sein Grundstück in Pasadena, Kalifornien, liegt unweit einer Hauptstraße auf städtischem Gebiet und bringt etwa 2.700 kg gesunde, pestizidfreie Nahrungsmittel pro Jahr hervor. Neben 400 verschiedenen Sorten von Gemüse und Obst »ernten« die Dervaes’ noch heute Tausende Eier pro Jahr, denn sie halten in ihrem Öko-Paradies auch Hühner und Enten.

3 years ago, Stockton, California, was bankrupt. Now it’s trying out a basic income.

It’s the latest test of a policy known as basic income, funded not out of city revenues but by individual and foundation philanthropy. The first $1 million in funding comes from the Economic Security Project, a pro-basic income advocacy and research group co-chaired by Facebook co-founder and former New Republic publisher Chris Hughes and activists Natalie Foster and Dorian Warren; Hughes provided the group’s initial funding. Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs hopes to launch the basic income project as early as August 2018.

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