May 2019

Anarchy and our interconnected future

Most societal critiques today come from either the right or the left, so it was interesting to read this (very!) long analysis of multiple interconnected issues–democracy, capitalism, equality, opportunity, the climate crisis, technology, and more–from a self-professed anarchist perspective. Near the end the author describes the central challenge of defining societal narratives that can compete…more

Teaching corn to save the world

Agriculture is one of the major causes of our climate crisis (livestock emissions, clearcutting of forests), but a group of biologists at the Salk Institute are trying to [breed crops that gobble up carbon from the air](, while simultaneously strengthening their root systems. The secret is in teaching them to build more suberin (aka cork)…more