Wyly Wade

Category: Farming

10,000 heads of lettuce in a day, while using 99% less water than an outdoor farm.

The LED fixtures are a key part of the farm’s magic. They allow Shimamura to control the night-and-day cycle and accelerate growth. “What we need to do is not just setting up more days and nights,” he says. “We want to achieve the best combination of photosynthesis during the day and breathing at night by…

10,000 heads of lettuce in a day, while using 99% less water than an outdoor farm.

The LED fixtures are a key part of the farm’s magic. They allow Shimamura to control the night-and-day cycle and accelerate growth. “What we need to do is not just setting up more days and nights,” he says. “We want to achieve the best combination of photosynthesis during the day and breathing at night by…

If all the world lived in a city — Wyly Wade

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I love this map comparing city density size if we were all to live in a single city or if all cities were the same density how much space would be taken up. When I was in high school I did a presentation that discussed that you could give everyone in the US a half…

Infants need red meat for better health — Wyly Wade

In a randomized study in Bogota, Columbia has determined that introducing red meat as a supporting supplement is critical to the development of proper amounts of hemoglobin and hematocrit. This is largely due to the type of iron and zinc that is naturally occurring in red meat. This increase was not detected in vitamin supplements…

70 years of water found in east Africa – Kenya

Scientists in Kenya have discovered a massive underground reserve that could allow the drought-ravaged country to meet its water needs for the next 70 years. Discovered in the desert of Kenya’s Turkana region, the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer contains more than 200 billion cubic meters of fresh water, and is about the size of Rhode Island. All told, the region…

Fungal-bacterial consortia turn corn stalks and leaves into better biofuel

Several University of Michigan researchers have joined together a fungus and E. coli bacteria to turn tough, waste plant material into isobutanol – a product that can be converted into biochemicals and biofuels. A paper based on this research, “Design and characterization of synthetic fungal-bacterial consortia for direct production of isobutanol from cellulosic biomass,” was published in The Proceedings of…

New study confirms link between poor sleep and obesity

Sleep deprivation can make us crave junk food more than healthy food. A sleepless night makes us more likely to reach for doughnuts or pizza than for whole grains and leafy green vegetables, suggests a new study from UC Berkeley that examines the brain regions that control food choices. The findings shed new light on the…

Toxin Found in Most U.S. Rice Causes Genetic Damage

There are several issues with the gross amount of consumption of rice throughout the world the latest of which is the high amounts of arsenic. Dartmouth researchers to contain dangerously high amounts of arsenic, has now been directly linked to arsenic-induced genetic damage, blogger Deborah Blum reports inDiscover Magazine. Although the new research, reported last week in Scientific…

High-tech farms — no drivers allowed

Back in the good old days, farming relied on horses or some other type of draft animal and a farmer with a strong back. Today you’ll find fewer people in the field and more automated equipment. There were a few interesting points that out about the stats of today’s farmers: “For every farmer under 35,…

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