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Half-Baked Ideas for Improving the Food Supply

Some innovative concepts just aren’t practical—yet

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Half-Baked Ideas for Improving the Food Supply
Illustration: Jason Lee

While investigating various high-tech solutions to the challenges of feeding the planet, the editors stumbled on some ideas that were definitely intriguing but just didn’t seem practical. These innovations could someday mature to the point of becoming valuable, though, so we wanted to share them with IEEE Spectrum readers, who we figured might appreciate them. But don’t consume what follows without a good dollop of skepticism.

Make Mine a Mealworm

Earth would be a better place if we ate insects rather than cows. Ready to do your part?

half baked-insectsIllustration: Jason Lee

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IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf

He codesigned the Internet protocol and transmission control protocol

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The Royal Society

IEEE Life Fellow Vinton “Vint” Cerf, widely known as the “Father of the Internet,” is the recipient of the 2023 IEEE Medal of Honor. He is being recognized “for co-creating the Internet architecture and providing sustained leadership in its phenomenal growth in becoming society’s critical infrastructure.”

The IEEE Foundation sponsors the annual award.

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Forecasting the Ice Loss of Greenland’s Glaciers With Viscoelastic Modeling

Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany are developing new models to simulate how glaciers behave

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Aerial view of Nioghalvfjerdsbræ showing the extensive patterns of the crevasses

This sponsored article is brought to you by COMSOL.

To someone standing near a glacier, it may seem as stable and permanent as anything on Earth can be. However, Earth’s great ice sheets are always moving and evolving. In recent decades, this ceaseless motion has accelerated. In fact, ice in polar regions is proving to be not just mobile, but alarmingly mortal.

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