Cori Brant

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Cori Brant
Posted about 2 years ago
Buggin' Out: Urban Bug Farming for the Future
Many of us arent aware of the fact that we eat bugs everyday. The FDA allows chocolate to contain 60 insect components/100g, peanut butter can contain 30 insects parts/100g. These are just the beginning of all the products that contain bugs, all processed food contains insects. What i would be concerned about is insect farms exploding all over and creating fast and cheaper insects by giving them genetically altered food that will make them bigger and able to produce more protein. If we can make sure that we dont over exploit insects like we do almost everything else than adding insects to our diets may be extremely beneficial.
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Cori Brant
Posted about 2 years ago
Can urban beehives increase food production?
The general public has a negative view on bees and i think that this opinion will be hard to change anytime soon. By educating children at a young age about the importance of bees and bee keeping we can encourage communities to create bee gardens or make artificial bee hives. Recycling really took off after it was introduced in classrooms and kids were encouraged to participate, children educate there parents. I thought that this was a cool article and project that is being worked on. That brings up the question should we be focused on saving the bees or on technology to replace bees? Researchers at Harvard University have created a robotic bee, called the RoboBee. The machines design was inspired by the biology of a fly, with two wafer-tin wings that flap 120 times per second and is no bigger then a penny. This robot can fly using piezoelectric actuators. The “insect” is pre programed with a flight pattern so that it knows where to fly. While these robots have extremely small parts the researchers have found away to produce the parts in mass quality. The researchers hope that one day the RoboBee will be able to easily pollinate crop fields and conduct search and rescues missions. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130502142649.htm http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/05/robotic-insects-make-first-controlled-flight/ http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6132/603
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Cori Brant
Posted about 2 years ago
Will the Belo Monte Dam project on the Amazon River cause more harm to the environment or will it be a good source of energy for Brazil?
Before this TEDconversation i had no idea that this was going on in Brazil, which is shocking since this is a huge issue. From the research i have done on my own about it i haven't found a benefit to putting the Belo Monte Dam into the Amazon. With the evidence that has been provided to the government about the hundreds of negative affects this dam will cause not only the ecosystem but the local human population its hard to believe that the government is doing this for any other reason then big money. The power from these hydro plants will go to support the mining operations which will only cause more destruction to the Amazon. At the end of the youtube video they discussed all the affective ways the government could decrease there energy use, increase there renewable energy and create tons of jobs to stimulate the economy. This dam is a serious problem that needs to be focused on. Losing endemic species and land that helps local indigenous tribes will have devastating affects, that will have irreversible consequences.
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Cori Brant
Posted about 2 years ago
Cats pose a serious threat to biodiversity: Why do we accept it? What should be done?
I live in the mountains and have seen the affect that cats have on my own small ecosystem. When i first moved into my house there was a plethora of chipmunks living in the rock formation right behind my house. There were easily two different colonies each consisting of two dozen individuals, within two summers and the introduction of my two cats the population dwindled. Today in my backyard it is extremely rare to see a chipmunk at all. By strategically placing bird feeders i was able to reduce the amount of birds that my cats were catching. Cats are the most widespread invasive species and have found places in many of our homes and hearts. There are several good reasons to keep cats around, they reduce rodents such as mice and rats and are wonderful companions. But cats have been shown to reduce species population and cause extinctions in several bird species. I think that there is a major problem not just the united states, many people don't believe in a no kill shelter but don't spay or neuter there animals. We could reduce the amount of stray and feral cats by encouraging people to spay and neuter there own cats. Taking radical action and getting ride of all cats may be a tad bit extreme but control and moderation like everything may be the key to solving this problem. Since I have seen first hand how cats can completely change an ecosystem this is an important issue that should be addressed but many people have no idea that cats can have this kind of effect.
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Cori Brant
Posted about 2 years ago
Purell now, Bacteri-ell later?
Our bodies are teaming with microbes and from the research that we now know each of us seem to have our own set of microbes covering every inch of our bodies. Culture, community and genetics may all affect the different microbes that support our bodies. Every human has been living in a symbiotic relationship their entire lives, but no one knows it due to the fact that microbes are microscopic. Advertisements and media portray most microbes as pathogens that can cause serious illnesses. When in reality they are the key to life, as we know it. Our society over uses antibacterial cleaners but as fascinating as an idea as “Bacteri-ell” sounds I would hope that it is only used for specific medical needs. The thought that people would have to wake up in the morning to apply microbes to increase there immune system would be a horrifying. Enjoying the world around us and increasing our immune system naturally seems like the best cure.
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Cori Brant
Posted over 2 years ago
What form of renewable energy has or will have the lowest impact on biodiversity?
I think an alternative to large solar thermal plants, which take up a significant amount of space, would be this new idea of "Artificial leafs". The idea is to literally preform photosynthesis. The artificial leaf is a small catalyst-coated wafer of silicon, this small wafer is dropped into a bucked of water which starts the reaction. The catalysts break down water into hydrogen and oxygen, and the bubbles are used to produce energy in fuel cells. One quart of water provides 100 watts of electricity for 24 hours a day. This process is unlike solar panels because it can run at night, by storing the hydrogen and oxygen. This of course has a few flaws but has a great start on using a resource that if used will provide a clean and manageable waste. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-s_c6HjDwM http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2013/apr/artificial-leaf.cfm