Microsoft partners Ocean Cleanup perfect autonomous interceptor boats to clean the ocean of polluting plastics - Cleaning the oceans is a complicated job, especially for a single organization, but having Microsoft on your side is a good advantage.

Boyan Slat launched the Netherlands-based non-profit organization The Ocean Cleanup in 2013, aiming to clean the Pacific island of garbage.

Since then, the project has also adopted the goal of preventing new waste from reaching the ocean by cleaning the rivers that carry many of the pollutants.

Microsoft partners Ocean Cleanup perfect autonomous interceptor boats

In 2018, The Ocean Cleanup participated in the annual Microsoft hackathon, where volunteers worked together to try to find innovative solutions.

The resulting autonomous learning models have helped the Ocean Cleanup track Plastic and other waste, and have informed how and where the nonprofit deploys its giant autonomous plastic collectors.

Microsoft partners Ocean Cleanup perfect autonomous interceptor boats

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The EU invests public funds for the first time to finance artificial meat through a project led by the Spanish BioTech Foods

The Meat4All cultured meat research project received 2.7 million euros from European funds earmarked for Horizon 2020, thus becoming the first artificial meat initiative to receive public funding from the European Union (EU). The allocation, made in mid-August, has just become publicly known as the only cellular-based company to receive a European grant.

Led by BioTech Foods, the Spanish company behind cell-grown meat Ethicameat, the Meat4All consortium is a research program focused on the industrialization and commercialization of alternative consumer proteins made with cell agriculture technology to promote sustainable consumption. Although at the moment the project is nothing more than an embryo still pending to pass food safety tests.

The objective of the subsidy, outlined in the European Green pact, focuses on sustainably meeting the growing demand for meat in a sustainable way. In the absence of resources, BioTech Foods ' commitment is to promote a more respectful and acceptable consumption through cultured meat, thus taking another step towards the zero emissions target by 2050. Among the goals included are the promotion of organic agriculture, the reduction of the use of pesticides and fertilizers, plant-based, cellular and microbial alternatives and investment in the research of new proteins, among others.

Within this cast, the Meat4All proposal is framed in increasing the production of cultured meat from kilograms to tons, while maintaining the nutritional value in these large-scale quantities, the development of new ways of growing cells without serum and the use of non-genetically modified animal cells. Once these pitfalls are overcome, the next step will take them to perform the well-known taste tests to test the market in order to create a competitive product.

"With the expansion of this technology, Meat4All will create a new development area that will allow European industry to take advantage of the high potential of this market, promoting competitiveness and creating growth throughout the European Union," explained group director Íñigo Charola. The goal becomes even more pressing in the current situation, with a pandemic that has exposed the vulnerability of traditional livestock and other animal-dependent industries.

The result of the same dynamics, the National Science Foundation (NSF) of USA has allocated to UC Davis a 5-year grant worth 3.5 million dollars (approximately 3 million euros) to investigate the same type of cultured meat, which was also the first major government subsidy in the country dedicated to a project of proteins of agriculture cell. In Japan, for its part, funds from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and industry were also allocated to the Tokyo-based food technology company IntegriCulture to build its cell culture facilities.

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