April 5th Edition
Plant a Victory Garden and Grow Your Own
Fearing shortages, Americans are planting vegetable gardens
Fearing Shortages, People Are Planting More Vegetable GardensPeople still struggle to find food at grocery stores during this pandemic, but Jameson Altott is not as worried. He grows more than half the food for his family from his large garden at home, outside Pittsburgh.
Food Supply Anxiety Brings Back Victory GardensAmericans were once urged to plant in every patch of available soil — and produced about 40 percent of the nation’s fresh vegetables.
Exponential Growth And EpidemicsSome have (quite rightfully) commented on how you shouldn't look at the R^2 of linear regressions on cumulative data since even if the changes...
Carbon Emissions Are Falling Sharply Due To Coronavirus. But Not For Long.CO2 emissions are crashing as the world winds down, but experts say the drop won’t last if governments don’t start moving to cleaner energy.
How Sewage Could Reveal True Scale Of Coronavirus OutbreakWastewater testing could also be used as an early-warning sign if the virus returns. More than a dozen research groups worldwide have started analysing wastewater for the new coronavirus...
March 27th Edition
Spring Cleaning Boosts Your Mood
Research shows that soil bacteria have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties
The Potential Mind-Altering, Life-Extending Benefits Of Spring Cleaning"I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair," sings Nellie, the female lead in the 1958 film version of the classic musical "South Pacific," as she showers her hair squeaky clean.
Your Ultimate Spring-Cleaning ChecklistMartha offers her best advice for achieving a spotless home—and how to keep the process manageable—this spring in beyond.
The Best Places In The U.S. To See Spring’s Migrating BirdsGet out your binoculars—birds are making their annual trek north.
The Reason You’re Exhausted Is ‘Moral Fatigue’Every small decision feels like it carries the weight of life and death — and it’s starting to take a toll
Scientists Say Your “Mind” Isn’t Confined to Your Brain, or Even Your BodyExploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
March 22nd Edition
Stuck at home? Why not plant a garden!
Research shows that soil bacteria have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties
As more and more Americans are home-bound this spring due to social distancing and city lockdowns, many people are focusing on home and garden projects to enrich their time at home. So, if you’ve got the time why not invest in growing your own food or planting a butterfly or bee garden? Research has shown that adding organic matter to the soil is good for your garden but that it may initially reduce the number of beneficial bacteria colonies. So when you prep your spring soil, don’t forget the supplementary microbes!
Planting Calendar: When To Plant VegetablesFind the best dates for planting vegetables and fruit in your garden! Our free planting calendar calculates the best time to start seeds indoors and outdoors, as well as when to plant young plants outside.
Lost In translation: Organic Matter Cuts Plant-Microbe LinksSoil scientists from Cornell and Rice University have dug around and found that although adding carbon organic matter to agricultural fields is usually advantageous, it may muddle the beneficial underground communication between legume plants and microorganisms.
Healthy, Stress-Busting Fat Found Hidden In DirtThirty years after scientists coined the term "hygiene hypothesis" to suggest that increased exposure to microorganisms could benefit health, CU Boulder researchers have identified an anti-inflammatory fat in a soil-dwelling bacterium that may be responsible.
What You Should Know About Your Pets, COVID-19, And Supporting Dog Immune SystemsMost of us consider our pets part of our families, so it makes sense that in the midst of this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we have questions about our pets’ health too—starting with, can dogs get coronavirus? Should I be worried about my pet getting sick or needing quarantine?
How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Affecting CO2 EmissionsReports from Italy detail the grim reality of a nation on lockdown. All businesses but pharmacies and food stores have shut their doors. Airlines are canceling flights, and roadblocks prevent people from leaving or entering some towns.
March 15th Edition
Is Your Soil Alive or Dead? Try the ‘Soil Your Underwear’ Test and Find Out
Bury a pair of cotton underwear and in two weeks you should see this…
Until recently, we didn’t know how much life and activity was present in soil. Scientists and ag experts thought soil was merely made up of minerals and organic matter. But all that is changing. We now realize that the soil microbiome aids in reducing erosion and pollutants and conserving water. And these microbes may also communicate directly with our cells and boost the nutrient content of food. So you may want to bury a pair of underwear in your garden. If nothing happens, you might consider boosting your soil with microbial supplementation.
Uncovering How Microbes In The Soil Influence Our Health And Our FoodWhen Bill Robertson, a soil scientist at the University of Arkansas, wants to check whether a field is healthy, he doesn’t reach for some high-tech gadget. He grabs a pair of men’s 100 percent cotton underwear.
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10 Weird Intensive Gardening Methods That Really WorkThere are so many different ways to garden that it would be hard to even list them all.We put together this grouping of ten different intensive gardening methods that make the most out of your gardening space, so that you can grow the most food possible with the least amount of hassle. Have you tried any of these methods? If so, leave a comment at the bottom and tell us about your results!
The Shortages May Be Worse Than The DiseaseOver the centuries, societies have shown a long history of making the effects of epidemics worse and furthering their own destruction. Every day, new evidence emerges of the havoc that COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is wreaking all around a thoroughly globalized world.
Does The Type Of Soap Or Hand Sanitizer You Use Matter For Coronavirus?Tons of cleaning and sanitization products are selling out amid the COVID-19 outbreak, including hand soap, hand sanitizer, dish soap and cleaning wipes. But which of these products will best help protect you from contracting the novel...
March 8th Edition
Organic waste doesn’t just stink… it’s climate poison.
How one country is composting its way to sustainability
How South Korea Is Composting Its Way To SustainabilityAutomated bins, rooftop farms, and underground mushroom-growing help clean up the mess.
Is A World Without Trash Possible?The vision of a “circular economy”—where we use resources sparingly and recycle endlessly—is inspiring businesses and environmentalists alike. IN AMSTERDAM I met a man who revealed to me the hidden currents of our lives—the massive flows of raw materials and products deployed, to such wonderful and damaging effect, by 7.7 billion...
Food From Thin Air: The Forgotten Space Tech That Could Feed Planet EarthForgotten for half a decade, a microbial recipe for sustaining astronauts on long space missions might not only feed hundreds of millions of hungry people on Earth, but also hold the key to a truly carbon neutral, circular economy.
To Build Rich And Beautiful Soil, Layer Your Yard With Cardboard (Seriously!)Lasagna mulching is kind of a miracle, the closest thing to an easy fix for lousy garden soil, suppressing weeds and rebuilding our disappearing topsoil.
How To Grow Your Own Sponge: LuffaLuffa or Loofah...no matter the spelling, these make the best skin smoothing exfoliators in the shower and natural dish scrubbers in the kitchen! Raise your hand if you believe they come from the sea... No judgement here, most people believe them...
March 1st Edition
The Future is Bright for Vertical Farming
Plus VR for Russian Cows and Mining Plants for Metals
The ways we grow and choose food are changing – the ugly food movement, aquaponics, and vertical farming to name a few. Vertical farming stacks plants vertically in containers or warehouses and is often soilless and involves various techniques, such as hydroponics, which uses mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent; aquaponics, which uses aquatic creatures -- such as fish and snails -- and cultivates plants in water; and aeroponics, which grows plants in the air. There is significant potential for beneficial microbes in all of these soilless environments to improve production and plant health.
Elon Musk's Brother Wants To Transform FarmingPlant-based foods are all the rage right now, and vertical farms are capitalizing on the trend. Vertical farming is an indoor farming method in which crops are grown in stacked layers, often without soil.
How Aquaponics, A.K.A. Fish Poop, Can Grow Food Using Less Water And LandAquaponics is helping farmers figure out how to feed a world population expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050. Today, surrounded by freezing temperatures, thousands of heads of lettuce...
Russian Dairy Farmers Gave Cows VR Goggles With Hopes They Would Be Happier And Make Better MilkThe technology is changing industries that many people had never thought it would, such as, *checks notes*, dairy farming?
Down on the Farm That Harvests Metal From PlantsHyper-accumulating plants thrive in metallic soil that kills other vegetation, and botanists are testing the potential of phytomining. Some of Earth’s plants have fallen in love with metal. With roots that act practically like magnets, these organisms...
Apple, Amazon, And The Rest Of Big Tech All Have A Lot To Learn From The Green New DealIt’s vital to cut carbon emissions. But tech companies have a responsibility to go a lot further than that—and the ability to do so.
February 23rd Edition
Now Trending: Regenerative Agriculture’s Food Revolution
More than just an organic certification, regenerative ag means taking into consideration the long-term health of the soil.
Regenerative Agriculture is a soil-focused farming practice that Whole Foods says is the #1 food trend in 2020. More than just an organic certification, regenerative ag means taking into consideration the long-term health of the soil. And soil health, it turns out, is critically tied to the microbial life contained in it. After decades of soil erosion and depletion, many farmers (and Big Food corporations like General Mills) are taking notice of this movement.
Can Regenerative Agriculture Reverse Climate Change? Big Food Is Banking On It.Regenerative agriculture works to draw carbon out of the atmosphere and into the soil, but there’s an ongoing debate on how much carbon can be stored there and for how long.
Why You Need To Know About Regenerative AgricultureWhy companies as diverse as Patagonia and General Mills are suddenly focused on getting dirty.
To Restore Our Soils, Feed The MicrobesOur soils are in trouble. Over the past century, we’ve abused them with plowing, tilling and too...
Farmers Could Help Solve The Climate Crisis—We Just Don’t Invest In ThemWhen the first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) land use report was released by the United Nations in 2000, cities like Copenhagen and countries like Costa Rica did not have public...
Is A Diet That's Healthy For Us Also Better For The Planet? Most Of The Time, YesAlmonds and other nuts are often touted as healthy snacks, because they can help you maintain a healthy weight and are linked to a lower risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
February 16th Edition
More Than Just A Carnival Trick: Researchers Can Guess Your Age Based On Your MicrobesOur microbiomes—the complex communities of microbes that live in, on and around us—are influenced by our diets, habits, environments and genes, and are known to change with age.
Scientists Find A Possible Link Between Gut Bacteria And DepressionA new study identifies bacteria in the microbiome that could produce neurotransmitters and potentially influence activity in the brain...
The Surprising Way Your Brain And Gut Are ConnectedCan your microbiome affect your risk of mental illness? Experts weigh in. These days, it feels like everyone and their mom takes probiotics for digestive...
Can The Gut Microbiome Unlock The Secrets Of Aging?A new study has shown how the gut microbiota of older mice can promote neural growth in young mice, leading to promising developments...
Can Disease-Sniffing Dogs Save the World’s Citrus?Once trained, canines can detect citrus greening disease earlier and more accurately than current diagnostics
February 9th Edition
Coronavirus May Transmit Via Digestive Tract
Your microbiome plays a big part in your resistance to viruses -- so does hand-washing.
Coronavirus May Transmit Along Fecal-Oral Route, Xinhua ReportsThe coronavirus that’s infected more than 14,000 people in two dozen countries may be transmitted through the digestive tract, Chinese state media reported.
How Certain Bacteria Protect Us Against FluA new study brings us closer to an anti-flu probiotic pill. By subtly altering the bacteria in our nose...
20 Seconds To Optimize Hand WellnessOne of the world’s most crucial and selfless acts is still simply washing your hands.
16 Chicken Soups That Push the Envelopeet's face it: It's really hard to not like chicken noodle soup; it's really hard not to crave it when the tips of our noses start to get cold outside, when we're feeling tired and sniffly, when we're...
The Mammals That Most Freely Share Dangerous Microbes With HumansScientists identify two primate species as hosts of a high number of pathogens that can jump to Homo sapiens.
February 2nd Edition
Digestion Slows in the Winter 🧥
What You Can Do To Keep Things Moving - Winter Gut Health Issue
As we crawl into February, there's no mistaking it: were in the throes of winter now, with its short, grey days, freezing temperatures, dry skin, and sniffles. Everything feels a little slower-from time to, yep, digestion. This week we take a look at how to keep those moving by examining emerging connections between diet and gut health, as well as winter's best offerings to both delight in the food of the season and keep your gut healthy.