How can we feed the growing world population while at the same time reducing the burden on the environment? One possibility is to make use of biotechnology. For this purpose, inspired by the design arts of nature, new fabrics and materials are produced in laboratories. Supported by experts from science, the Berlin House of Futures, “Futurium”, looks at possible scenarios of what a future with biotech could look like. In episode two of the YouTube format, Jülich plant researcher Ulrich Schurr, among others, presents his ideas for a sustainable future.
On the “Bürger schaffen Wissen” (citizens create knowledge) platform, projects with real research questions call for participation, whether it is to uncover a castle under the turf, to find the last common hamster or to photograph traffic lights in order to advance an app for visually impaired people. As “citizen scientists”, scientific laypeople collect insects, document plants or measure air quality – and contribute to the success of science.
How can 13 billion years of the universe be captured in one snapshot? Astronomers only need to look at the starry sky, because it is also always a glimpse into the past: the further away a heavenly body is from Earth, the longer it takes its light to reach us. The light may already have been travelling to us for months, decades or millions of years. Science publisher “Nature” explains in this YouTube video how astronomers use this knowledge to reconstruct the development of the universe.