Turning Plastic Waste into a Soil Additive

Scientists at University of California, Riverside (UCR) have devised a way to convert plastic waste into a highly porous form of charcoal that, when added to farmland soil, can improve water retention, contribute to aeration and even capture carbon. The technique entails mixing one or two common forms of plastic with the leftover stalks, leaves and husks from corn and compressing the resulting amalgam in …

Best of CH 2022: Cars + Tech

Milestone developments in automotive, sound, invisibility and beyond

With another year of technological and automotive innovation behind us, we’ve grown closer to recyclable cars, far-reaching exploration of the cosmos and even an invisibility cloak. Along with time behind the wheels of game-changing vehicles and moments testing future-forward devices, 2022 saw technologies emerge to make the world safer and more empathetic. The following highlights only scratch the surface of what happened around the world …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

A Native American woman in space, Nick Cave's new textiles, tightening rules for orbital debris and more

California Becomes the First Official Sanctuary State for Trans Youth Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom passed SB 107, a law that prohibits other states from prosecuting families seeking gender-affirming care in California. The new legislation (which was introduced by state senator Scott Wiener) makes the state the first official sanctuary for transgender youth, ensuring that no out-of-state subpoenas will interfere with a child’s right …