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Wormfood - March 25, 2016 - Free Willy!

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This month's wormfood brings you a movie coming to life: Orcas from SeaWorld will finally be freed. Also, for the first time a hard limit is placed on the amount of meat a person should consume. In other global news: we can end world hunger. However, climate change is affecting nutrition quality for some species at the same time. Drones are used for disease eradication, and Scotland has burned its last lump of coal for electricity, while the USA have determined to stop drilling plans in the Atlantic.

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Global News: SeaWorld to free Orcas

Energy & Environment: Drilling plans in the Atlantic stop soon

Business & Economy: Scotland ends coal use

  • Coal in Brittain is drawing its final breaths before an inevitable death. The lifeblood of the British economy for more than two centuries is now a terrible burden on the climate.  The question is: how long will this industry still survive?
  • Agenda for Humanity: five key actions the world needs. Not since the Second World War have global humanitarian needs been so high. The UN outlines  5 concrete actions to improve the lives of some 125 million people whose lives have been devastated by conflict and disaster.
  • Nuclear reactors are going through a small revolution. After decades of building giant reactors in domes big enough to swallow a cathedral, nuclear engineers are thinking small. 23 meters in diameter small.

Science, Technology & Design: Breakthrough in climate prediction

  • Predictions in climate disasters are measured in hours. Increasing the prediction window will save millions of lives. Now, scientists have discovered that ocean waves and temperatures can predict extreme summer heat weeks in advance.  
  • Europe’s largest floating solar power farm   is soon to be completed on a vast man made lake on the outskirts of London. This project will generate enough electricity to power the utility’s local water treatment plants for decades.
  • We are living in "the age of big data," according to The World Economic Forum. As the likes of Google, Facebook, Adobe Systems, and IBM embrace big data with gusto, startups are also popping up with the promise to help companies discover what one of the most valuable assets in the world can accomplish for them. However, the key factor that will determine success for companies in this age is not simply big data, but big science.

Urban Environment: European urban spaces in transition

Unexpected and Intriguing: Barack Obama meets Raul Castro

  • After 88 years a president from the United States has arrived in Cuba for a historic visit to the island and talks with its communist leader. Mr. Obama met president Raul Castro - but not retired revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Changes to the boycott are on the horizon.
  • Honduran indigenous and environmentalist Berta Cáceres was murdered last month, barely a week after she was threatened for opposing a hydroelectric project.
  • Best science stories of 2015: Alzheimer's research, human brain-to-brain communication, water on Mars. Here are some of our favourite scientific achievements for 2015.

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