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Global food crisis: Towards a ‘doubly green’ world

To feed the world we need agricultural systems that are not only productive, but also sustainable and equitable People tell me I’m an optimist. But right now this optimist is scared. We are facing some formidable challenges: 1 billion people … Continue reading

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Wheat genome may help tackle food shortages

UK scientists have released draft sequences of the wheat genome, which they think could make a vital contribution to securing global food supplies. The researchers also say their efforts could help British farmers to develop new strains with greater yields. Global wheat … Continue reading

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Swiss solar plane makes history

A solar powered aircraft made history Thursday after flying around the clock on the sun’s energy alone, bringing the dream of perpetual flight a step closer. “Nothing can prevent us from another day and night… and the myth of perpetual … Continue reading

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How can African agriculture be more productive?

Better roads and irrigation would help, but there is no one silver bullet to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa http://www.guardian.co.uk/katine/katine-chronicles-blog/2010/jun/21/agriculture-africa

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Swiss solar innovator wins Millennium Technology prize

The inventor of a low-cost solar cell that could be used to build electricity generating windows has been awarded this year’s Millennium Technology Prize. Professor Michael Gratzel of the Lausanne Federal Technology Institute received the €800,000 (£660,000) prize at a ceremony … Continue reading

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Sir David King: oil extraction a threat to the future

Former UK chief scientific adviser has said that as global oil demand starts to outstrip supply, oil companies will be forced to drill in unconventional places. This, in turn, might create great environmental, social and technological challenges, Sir David King said. He … Continue reading

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Seth Berkley: HIV and flu — the vaccine strategy

Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats — from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics.

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Solar Powered Boat to Sail Around the World

A giant solar powered boat will attempt to sail around the world next year. The boat is covered in solar panels that will power it at around the same speed as a super tanker. Hopefully it will be a  success, … Continue reading

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A Skyscraper that Cleans Rivers!

Imagine a skyscraper that — instead of hosting offices — houses a system that purifies the water of a polluted river, employs the people living in surrounding slums and gives them a home in which to live.That’s the revolutionary idea … Continue reading

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Sustainable Fashion: A Rice Growing Bra!

An interesting concept. Once you have grown the rice perhaps you could use it in the sushi bra this company also makes! Make sure you don’t add tuna to the sushi though. http://asiancorrespondent.com/weirdasianews/sustainability-101-the-rice-bra

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