In this week’s solutions, we dive into the future of brain computers, the next steps in male birth control and battles for environmental justice.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
1. New Neuro-Frontiers
Using technology seemingly out of a science fiction movie, researchers are changing the definition of independence for patients with paralysis. In clinical trials, brain-computer interfaces record neurons in the brain as they fire, then send the information to researchers who use algorithms to decode thoughts and intentions. For those with paralysis, the technology could provide a new level of independence in movement, speech and touch — like driving with your thoughts.
2. The Next Wave in Birth Control?
Researchers in Minnesota recently revealed a promising new option for male birth control pills, which has reduced sperm counts in mice through scientific shenanigans involving proteins and vitamin A. In 2016, a promising male birth control pill was stopped in its tracks when side effects appeared, like weight gain, depression and lower sexual desire. (Warning: These side effects might sound familiar to the female-bodied among us.) The episode raises a question for researchers: Will male birth control catch on?
3. Fight for the Air, Fight for the Earth
Marsha Jackson spent years fighting for Dallas to remove a six-story pile of roofing shingles towering next to her home. After the illegal dumping operation halted in 2021, Jackson and other Dallas activists moved on to less visible foes: industrial emissions in the air and zoning regulations. In their environmental justice battle, these community groups are disarming the weapons of the status quo in pursuit of a vision of recovery and renewal.
Meanwhile, many world leaders are waging their own battle on climate change. This Earth Day, Mark Trahant, editor-at-large for Indian Country Today, spells out what’s being done and what still needs doing.
In honor of Earth Day, take a moment for yourself this week to scrunch your toes in the soil and feel the wind on your skin. Then, with a mindful moment in your pocket, see if any of these solutions stories carry tools for your own life and community. – MO
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