Argentina and Chile Highlight Reel
Tending Crops on a Brooklyn Rooftop
A rooftop farm in Brooklyn grows vegetables and doubles as a green roof, insulating the warehouse below. Green roofs save money on cooling and heating costs and also retain water, reducing the load on sewer systems. Annie Novak, head farmer and co-founder of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm gives us a tour and Lisa Goode, whose company installed the roof, talks about the process.
Beach Season For Horseshoe Crabs
A new study was just published in the journal Molecular Ecology connecting historic changes in temperature with bottlenecks in horseshoe crabs’ genetics — they conclude that climate change affected historic populations of horseshoe crabs and that it may again exacerbate the decline of crabs whose numbers are already suffering from migratory bird predation and harvesting for bait and pharmaceutical bacterial-testing products. The authors study the North American horseshoe crab species, Limulus polyphemus, as does John Tanacredi at Dowling College on Long Island. I interviewed him for Science Friday: video below.
FIRST Robotics Competition with Dean Kamen
The FIRST Robotics competition is the brainchild of Dean Kamen — inventor of several medical devices and the Segway. This science and engineering competition is almost two decades old and more than 42,000 students will participate this year. Kamen talked about the idea behind FIRST at the New York regional.