Transmitting solar energy generated in space back to Earth has long been the subject of science fiction, first appearing in Isaac Asimov’s 1941 short story, Reason, where solar energy is converted to microwaves by a space station, and beamed back to nearby planets.
British Science Week is here, a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for children in the UK. This year children are being introduced to the world of training artificial intelligence data sets. 2020’s eagerly anticipated Citizen Science “Zooniverse” partnership ramps up the “zoo” and shrinks the “universe” to a few chunks of South America. The public are being asked to help save spider monkeys, a lovable group of primates under threat from our insatiable appetite for palm oil.
Last month, as the fashion spotlight returned to London for another London Fashion Week (LFW), there was a strong focus on positive, sustainable fashion. During a visit to the sustainability exhibitions at LFW, we saw many inspiring examples of designers who are innovating to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry. In some cases, this is through the recycling or upcycling of waste materials whilst in other cases, it is through the development of new, more sustainable and biodegradable materials. Either way, the fashion world is turning to science and nature to find solutions.