Farming consumes about 80 percent of the available freshwater in the US. Produce largely relies on natural conditions that are increasingly unpredictable. Transportation between the points of production and consumption, in particular, impacts cost and quality of food. Aeroponics reduces agricultural water consumption by 98 percent and eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. But, it is not a replacement for agriculture. “There’s a lot of us versus them in this field right now, which is highly unproductive,” he says. “It’s all one system. Some things make more sense in a bigger environment — commodities like wheat, soy, rice, corn.” Those volumes are not on Harper’s agenda. “But, what about the things that don’t work well in traditional systems?” The system can aid existing farmers and make yields higher. But, it also wants to cater to a new farmer, the kind that lives in the city.
On a cracked lakebed in Death Valley called Racetrack Playa, there are a collection of stones, some weighing several hundred pounds, that clearly, mysteriously, move. They leave long serpentine trails behind them in the dirt, and for decades visitors have guessed at how they migrate across the desert floor. Hurricane force winds, sliding sheets of ice — and, of course, aliens — were all contenders, but then last December the cousins Richard Norris and James Norris caught the rocks in the act.
A couple admires the color and texture of Monet’s Water Lilies at MoMA, New York
Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria has the coolest kid’s museum ever. It’s called Pastello: Draw Act.
(via Kids Can Color With Their Heads and Feet at This Absurdist Crayon Exhibit | Design | WIRED)
You should just wipe the word “failure” right out of your vocabulary. All great people who have ever achieved anything have “failed” over and over. In fact, I think it was Thomas Edison who said something like, “I did not fail at inventing the light bulb, I just first found 99 ways that it didn’t work.” Take your so-called “failures” and learn something from them. Learn how to do it better next time.
- Ask for stories, not answers
- Break the mirror
- Leapfrog over the expected response