Oxford: Vegan-based diet could cut food-related carbon emissions by 60%

Switching over to a vegan-based diet can drastically cut CO2 emissions. But will Americans actually change their diet?

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  • According to researchers at Oxford University, meat is around 35 times more damaging than serving of greens.
  • Going vegan for just two-thirds of meals while still occasionally indulging in animal products would cut food-related greenhouse-gas emissions by almost 60 percent.
  • As veganism goes mainstream among younger Americans, we might be witnessing a Western diet revolution.
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Sign of the times: Can hugging machines solve the touch crisis?

As the American loneliness epidemic reaches alarming new heights, one artist theorizes on what connection might look like in the future.

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  • The Compression Carpet is a machine created by Los Angeles-based artist Lucy McRae that simulates a hug to a person craving intimacy.
  • Research indicates that nearly half of Americans lack daily meaningful interpersonal interactions with a friend or family member. This loneliness epidemic is accompanied by a touch crisis.
  • McRae's art and neuroscience suggest that it is affectionate touch that we are deprived of in our increasingly touch-phobic society. New sensory technology seeks to solve this problem.
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Serious problem found with gene-edited celebrity cows

The FDA calls out creators of genetically tweaked hornless bulls.

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  • Hornless bull clones turn out to have questionable genomes.
  • Scientists were so confident they didn't even look for transgenic DNA.
  • No one's sure what to do with the offspring.
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California researchers develop drug cocktail that reverses aging — results 'remarkably promising'

Scientists find promising results in trial to reverse biological aging.

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  • Volunteers given a mix of three drugs "aged backwards," shedding 2.5 years off their biological ages.
  • The research focused on marks on their DNA and epigenetic clock.
  • Scientists need to continue this research with a larger population size for their next trial.
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The writing on the wall: The coming collapse of the industrial livestock industry

A new report sees a major disruption in where we get our food.

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  • We're just a few years from the tipping point in engineered food.
  • Traditional agriculture's 10,000-year-run is about over.
  • Better foods, tastier foods, and cheaper foods are on the way.
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