Smartening up a beach could save lives

A system of beachside cameras developed by the University of Windsor could prevent drownings by tracking beachgoer behavior. Solutions include installing warning signs at particular spots on the beach, or shifting boardwalks and beach entrance points away from dangerous areas. 

December: A Visit to the Museum of Ice

When we were thinking about a new museum devoted to one of the most beautiful and interesting things on our planet – ice – we had to think hard about how best to display and preserve this delicate substance. So welcome to the Museum of Ice, Michigan’s largest museum, open daily (weather permitting) between December and March. Just step outside anywhere in the state and you’re in the museum.

Biodegradable golf balls are on the upswing

Lost golf balls are responsible for a large amount of microplastics that are introduced into waterways. A new company is looking to change that by creating biodegradable golf balls.

Don’t hide your poo — and here’s why

Universities across the globe are monitoring wastewater on their campuses for viruses like COVID-19. It is a practice that has raised some medical privacy concerns, although researchers say there is no way to link the detection of the virus in wastewater with an individual who is sick. 

Cornell researchers farm pixels

While virtual reality grows in the entertainment world, a team of Cornell researchers is using it to prepare farmworkers for hard work. Cornell hopes to collaborate with farms to create a variety of virtual reality spaces for people to visit and learn how to farm. The idea is to document and record the various practices used on a successful farm.