Nothing Flies Like a Deere: How Drones are Changing the Construction Landscape (Fortune)

John Deere has partnered with drone technology startup Kespry to sell drones and related services to the construction industry.

The company hopes drones will aid workers by taking pictures of sites, improving productivity and keeping track of materials. Read more in Fortune.

How Patagonia and The North Face Are Saving the World (The Guardian)

Amid a forecast promising a stay-inside-and-off-the-roads kind of snowstorm across the Northeast comes this little gem about some of the very outerwear you may don to brave such conditions.

Both Patagonia and The North Face profit from selling the idea of wilderness to wealthy urban masses. Yet, the marketing of adventure aligns with both companies’ ethical authenticity and environmentally friendly initiatives.

The Guardian chronicles the history of both companies and their rivalry to save the world. Read more in The Guardian.

The Power of Aquaculture in New Festival, Farming Operation (Portland Press Herald/Times Record)

Julia Maine ’16

Julie Maine ’16 ‘Driving Force’ Behind New Aquaculture Festival
After obtaining a degree in earth and oceanographic science, Julia Maine ’16 now works as an educator at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland.

Maine is profiled in the Portland Press Herald, discussing her passion for shellfish farming and the efforts she and her mother have made to establish an aquaculture festival on the island in Casco Bay where she grew up.

Trevor Kenkel ’18

Trevor Kenkel ’18 Combines Aquaculture and Hydraponics in New Farming Operation
Biology major Trevor Kenkel ’18 is an aquaponic farmer, using the waste of a thousand tilapia as fertilizer to grow a variety of green crops.

He tells The Times Record he made his first sale this past summer: a delivery of basil to Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick. “They made a basil sorbet out of it,” Kenkel said.

Tick Uptick: How Last Year’s ‘Mouse Plague’ May Ruin Your Summer in the Northeast (NPR)

So we have this to look forward to: ecologists who have studied Lyme disease for 20 years predict a rise in infected ticks in the Northeast this summer.

Apparently in 2016, this neck of the woods suffered a “mouse plague” —an invasion of white-footed mice, which are expert at efficiently transmitting Lyme disease to Northeastern ticks. Read more about the anticipated situation.