This Week in STEM: Black Panther Tech and the World’s Backup Food Supply

This Week in STEM: Black Panther Tech and the World’s Backup Food Supply

At Concept Schools, we get a little bit excited about all things related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We always keep an eye out for what’s going on in STEM in the news. Each week we will share what we think is awesome and worth learning about.

We can’t share all of the amazing things happening in STEM: leave a comment with your favorite STEM news from this week.

 

Norway is Updating its Emergency Seed Vault to Keep up with Climate Change

Being prepared for natural disasters and manmade events that threaten food supply is important. On a remote island between Norway and the North Pole, there sits something to help the world prepare for such an event: a seed vault. The vault has the capacity to store 4.5 million crop varieties, and currently holds samples from nearly every country in the world. But as climate change continues to happen, the vault has faced flooding and is now due for an upgrade. Read the rest of the article above to learn more. 

The Tech in Black Panther isn’t That Far Off from Reality

Technology in TV and films have always been an important part of modern culture. But have you ever thought of how they come up with the tech on screen? Jeremy Lasky, partner and co-founder of the company that works with Marvel, says: “We talk a lot about the science-fiction feedback loop, where science-fiction inspires science fact–it’s this endless cycle of inspire, create, and repeat.” So when you see something on screen–like the vibranium gadgets in Black Panther–it might not be too far off from what tech we see in the real world. We highly recommend you read the article above to read about how much thought and creativity goes into creating the tech in media. 

 

Astronomers Find Widespread Water on the Moon

A recent study found that the water on the moon is always present and can be found in more than just a few geographical areas. This, of course, raises questions of future lunar explorers. While the water on the moon is a bit different from earth water, it might be able to be used as drinking water or even converted oxygen for breathing. Scientists are still learning a lot, but we are certainly game for a vacation to the moon in the semi-near future. 

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