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3 Agricultural Innovations That Are Helping the Earth

Sun, seeds, soil, and now… satellite positioning. Technology has added a whole new dimension to farming. New innovations don’t just make life easier …

Farming

Inside the DNA of Big Data: The future of medicine & storage

As Big Data gets even bigger, we’re going to need more elaborate ways of storing it than current technology allows. One idea that’s been floated …

AncestryDNA is pushing past Hadoop as it pinpoints our pasts

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>AncestryDNA’s service might seem like magic from the outside: pay $99, spit in a vial, stick it in the mail, and then wait for …

Genomics Needs A Killer App

Genomics is an incredible technology for newborn and pre-natal screening, investigating the cause of a rare condition, and treating cancer, but for most healthy people it’s still not particularly revolutionary.<p>Imagine if instead, with the information locked in your DNA, we could predict what …

Amazon takes aim at Microsoft’s big data plans with new Machine Learning service

SAN FRANCISCO–Amazon just took aim at a growing area of Microsoft’s business today with the announcement of its new Amazon Machine Learning service …

13 steps towards ending poverty and climate change

<b>Start by asking the tough questions:</b> This year sees several important negotiations processes coming to a head – the post-2015 process on the SDGs, the UNFCCC process on climate change, the UN’s third Financing for Development conference in July. These processes are still being progressed as …

World Economy

Emerging markets are heading for a nasty dollar hangover

The head of America's central bank, Janet Yellen, presides over a $17 trillion economy. The empire of her nearest competitor, Mario Draghi, amounts to a relatively puny $10 trillion.<p>On top of this, the dollar's global role means Ms Yellen has a huge impact abroad, influencing more than $9 trillion …

Battle over Science Funding Gets Fiercer in U.S. Congress

A conflict several years in the making between Republican leaders in Congress and US science agencies has reached boiling point. Science advocates …

The Economics of California's Drought

What happens when the country's largest state runs low on water?<p>As the U.S. Northeast emerges from yet another snowstorm, California has just concluded its hottest winter ever, registering average temperatures 4.4 degrees warmer than the state's 20th-century average. Warm temperatures and clear …

Community Partnership: Ensuring sustainable cocoa farming in Indonesia

By engaging multiple partners in its Cocoa Life program, Mondelez International supports farming communities in finding real solutions that lead to …

Will Fed Tightening Choke Emerging Markets?

As the Federal Reserve moves closer to initiating one of the most long-awaited and widely predicted periods of rising short-term interest rates in …

Emerging Markets

Gluten-free wheat quest undertaken by farmers

Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat.<p>The hard science is aimed at developing …

From satellite to farm: getting open data to farmers

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) had a strong presence at the February international forum, which was designed to …

Crisis–stricken farmers need urgent help to plant in the Central African Republic

<b>Critical livelihood saving interventions crucial to avoid further deterioration in food security</b><p>Farmers in the Central African Republic are in urgent …