by Karina Moy | Zoom Out Mycology
To quote Charles Dickens, “nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress” (1). Life itself is change, and although the passing of time sometimes obscures our ability to notice these subtleties, without failure the seasons shift, birds migrate, and flowers bloom. People too, adapt to the changing weather. We start wearing thicker clothes to keep warm. We wake up later, because if the sun isn’t up at 6:00AM, why should we be? We finally make the switch from cold showers and iced coffee to hot showers and hot coffee. The world seems to follow a set of guidelines, which rely on three main non-biological variables: 1) sunlight, 2) temperature, and 3) precipitation (2).
By Neil Stalter | Zoom Out Mycology
What are cars going to look like in 20 years? Well, if you’ve watched “The Jetsons” you might think (like myself) that it’s high-time we start investing in hovercraft research. However, even I have to admit that this is far from reality. Right now – in 2017, we stand at a crucial moment in the transportation industry. Companies like Tesla, Nissan, and Chevrolet have made headlines for pioneering the electric vehicle crusade. Does that mean that in 20 years we’ll all be plugging in our cars when we get home? Will we even be driving our cars in 20 years, or will they just drive themselves? And what does this mean for the cleanliness of the air we breathe? Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to all these questions (if I did, I’d be able to pay off my student loans pretty quick). But, there are trends and movements in markets, public opinion, and government policy that we can look to for guidance.
by Alyssa Leavy | Zoom Out Mycology
Make big strides against food waste with five worthwhile changes.
Living in NYC, so much revolves around my favorite pastime (i.e. all things food-related): boozy brunches, happy hour specials, bagel shops, girls’ nights, guys’ nights, date nights, Seamless, morning coffee, Insomnia Cookies, food trucks galore. It’s all glorious and all right at our fingertips. But with so little control over how restaurants prepare and package our food, how can we be more conscious of our impact on the environment? The best place to start is in our homes. Here are five changes you can make that will have a big impact.
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