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I’ve not had the chance to actually write how I’m feeling about this referendum because I was stuck in a lab class when it was announced, and then in lectures and meetings all day. But here we go, and don’t expect anything coherent because I’m just too excited about this.

I’m simultaneously terrified and overjoyed. There’s pretty much no way we’re gonna lose this time round. We were lied to about so many things and if the past year shows anything it’s that the Tories down in London don’t care. 

They told us we wouldn’t be allowed back into the EU if we became independent, so we voted no and were pulled out of the EU.

They told us that Spain would veto our re-entry into the EU, but we’ve been told on numerous occasions since that it was a load of garbage. And anyway, Spain rely on our fisheries 

We were told that we’d lose the shipping industry, so we voted to stay in the UK, and guess what? Shipyards were shut down, orders were reduced, jobs were lost.

We were told that oil would run out. But new oil fields have been found. And anyway, we don’t need to rely on oil. We have tourism, agriculture, food/drink, and numerous other industries that we can gain from.

So yes. That’s how I feel. We can do it this time because we were lied to. We can do it this time because what’s the better option? Being dragged out of the EU against our will, or gaining independence and forming our own future? 

Simple Hydroponics Method Opens Door to Beginning Farmers

by Michael Keller

From NASA’s extraterrestrial settlement plans to Disney’s Epcot Center Land Pavilion, everybody’s been saying it for decades: The future of food needs no soil.

Hydroponics has been touted as the food production system of the future because of a number of important benefits over traditional agriculture. Crops tend to grow bigger and healthier than dirt-borne plants. Hydroponic plants take up less space by spending their lives tightly packed together in a water-based nutrient solution without needing a single root to touch earth. Meanwhile, fruits and vegetables can be protected from the elements and pests in the shelter of a greenhouse. 

Want a salad when it’s snowing outside but don’t want vegetables that were picked before ripe and trucked from where it’s still summer? Like your garden plants buckling under the weight of the food growing on them? With hydroponic crop yields as much as 10 times higher than that which can be obtained by growing plants in soil, nutrient-based growing is one of the better ways to go.

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Of Rice and Roses: Genetic Finds Smell Sweet

Sometimes a rose by any name doesn’t smell all that sweet. In fact, for years commentators have been bemoaning how most of the once fragrant flowers sold in U.S. shops now offer little of their famous scent.

In the search for commercially grown flowers that are cheap and sturdy enough to make trips across continents, fragrance has lost out to breeding and refrigeration. The distance roses must travel from the farm to a consumer’s vase shows the importance of breeding plants that produce long-lasting flowers–most sold in the U.S. are grown on far-off plantations in Colombia and Ecuador. 

But now researchers in France say they have tracked down the key part of the metabolic pathway that leads to most of a rose’s smell. Their work could one day allow breeders to coax the heady scents that once wafted off all roses out of visually striking varieties that have lost their fragrance. 

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Cheaper Space Salads on the Menu

The energy cost to grow astronaut salads is set to seriously drop. LED lighting with a custom recipe of red and blue bulbs might be the key to keeping spacefarers on long missions well fed without taxing energy supplies. 

New research out of Purdue University has shown that leaf lettuce can grow normally with a mix of 95 percent red LED lights and five percent blue. 

In lab tests, horticulturalist Cary Mitchell and colleagues grew a variety of head lettuce called Waldmann’s hydroponically in chambers that controlled temperature, relative humidity and CO2 levels. The scientists found that targeted red and blue LEDs consumed 90 percent less energy than traditional grow systems that slurp up to 1,000 watts. Maximizing the emission of only wavelengths that the lettuce needs to grow, they also recorded 50 percent less energy use than broad-spectrum LED systems, themselves highly efficient energy sippers. 

And because LEDs produce little waste heat, bulbs can be placed an inch-and-a-half away from growing leaves without scorching them. This proximity to the plant canopy means more efficient use of space in the confines of a spaceship, less danger from burning hot traditional lightbulbs and higher conversion of electricity directly into the chemical energy plants use to grow.

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As a male in their late teens, I believe it’s incredibly important to have discussions with your friends about politics, racism, misogyny, ableism, homophobia, feminism, money, education, rape, death, social acceptance, music, fashion, alcohol, drugs, sex, opinions, space, religion, science, poverty, mythology, history, agriculture, food, drink and hygiene or even aardvarks.

Conversations that matter will bring your friendship closer. Values, ethics, morals and opinions need to be aired in the younger culture.