Blockchain Chicken Farm

From chickens with QR codes to AI systems that farm pigs, the essay collection Blockchain Chicken Farm explains and interrogates how technology and agriculture intertwine in rural China. On the surface, coder and writer Xiaowei Wang’s fascinating compilation charts how rural locations—contrary to stereotypes—have become sites of rapid technological innovation. More broadly, Wang dissects the ideologies behind tech companies that are shaping the world today, the …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The potential of prickly pear cactus, a mummified dinosaur, floating farms and more

Insights From Rare Mummified Dinosaur Skin Insights into the Mesozoic era usually come from fossilized bones, making the preserved skin of “Dakota”—a duck-billed dinosaur from an Edmontosaurus specimen—particularly rare. The finding, discovered in South Dakota in 1999, is uncommon because skin is trickier than bones to preserve but new research makes the discovery even more peculiar. Previously, scientists believed that preserved soft tissue had to …

Climate-Resistant Breadfruit Could Help Fight Food Insecurity

Many of our most consumed crops (like corn and wheat) will continue to be negatively effected by the climate crisis, leading to food insecurity for many, but scientists believe that the humble breadfruit could be part of the solution. High in fiber and rich with various minerals and vitamins, breadfruit (which is native to the Pacific Islands) is a starchy seedless fruit that is also …