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The Frankenfood Conspiracy: Secret summit where slick lobbyists for bio-tech giants seduced Tory Ministers into changing their tune on GM food

Even by the standards of an industry that claims to be able to end hunger, prevent environmental catastrophe and bring prosperity to the developing …

GM even safer than conventional food, says environment secretary

<b>GM crops are probably safer than conventional plants, according to the Environment Secretary.</b><p>Making the strongest call yet for the adoption of the technology, Mr Paterson told the BBC that that GM has significant benefits for farmers, consumers and the environment.<p>He said the next generation of GM …

Sachin Tendulkar and all that - modern players are denied treasured memories

With every grey hair, one’s sporting days slip further into the distance. Your generation slips into retirement and new ones emerge, often oblivious to the past. It is only natural.<p>So when introduced to a young Indian fan last Thursday at the Cardiff Wales Stadium (the name, apparently, we have to …

News Article: OECD

<b>6 June 2013, Beijing -</b> Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5 percent a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual …

Agriculture

Difference Engine: A member too few

BY ALL accounts, the four-lane bridge over the River Skagit in Washington state, along Interstate 5 between Seattle and the Canadian border, was in …

How did the global poverty rate halve in 20 years?

POVERTY is easy to spot but hard to define. America sets its poverty line at $11,490 of income per year for a one-person household, or just over $30 …

Blog - Global Food Security

2018<p>If the fruit sector were a game, what would it be like? Monopoly – rich get richer, poor get poorer? Snakes and Ladders – it’s all down to luck? …

Watch Queens of the Stone Age Perform Like Clockwork in Its Entirety Live

Last night, Queens of the Stone Age performed their upcoming album <b>...Like Clockwork</b> in full at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. They also performed old tracks like "No One Knows" and "Little Sister". The whole thing was webcast by NPR Music. Watch the recording below.<p><i>...Like Clockwork</i> is out June 4 via …

Is Australia the Face of Climate Change to Come?

Extreme weather Down Under may foreshadow events on a global scale.<p><b>In early 2012 once-in-a-century floods submerged swaths of Great Britain and Ireland, causing some $1.52 billion in damages. Then in June record-high temperatures in Russia sparked wildfires that consumed 74 million acres of</b> …

3-D Printers Are Saving Lives and Serving Pizzas

The emerging technology prints an implant and could keep astronauts well fed.<p><b>The marvels of 3-D printing are continuing to make headlines this month.</b><p>Biomedical engineers at the University of Michigan have revealed how they used 3-D printing technology to fashion a tiny, custom-made implant that …

'Nanogardens' Sprout Up On The Surface Of A Penny

April showers bring May flowers. But in this case, the blossoms are too small for even a bumblebee to see.<p>Engineers at Harvard University have figured out a way to make microscopic sculptures of roses, tulips and violets, each smaller than a strand of hair.<p>To get a sense of just how small these …

Vertical 'Pinkhouses:' The Future Of Urban Farming?

The idea of vertical farming is all the rage right now. Architects and engineers have come up with spectacular concepts for lofty buildings that could function as urban food centers of the future.<p>In Sweden, for example, they're planning a 177-foot skyscraper to farm leafy greens at the edge of each …

Passenger Ship Spots Illegal Fishing Activity

Changing Planet<p>It’s not everyday you get to see large-scale illegal fishing in progress. But on April 14, that’s exactly what passengers aboard the <i>National Geographic Explorer</i> seem to have witnessed.<p>This passenger ship was two-thirds of the way through a voyage up the coast of West Africa, and …

Jamie Cullum: Five Essential Jazz Albums

Clash and jazz, jazz and Clash. It’s rare that we and it meet.<p>Yet with renowned jazz boffin and Radio 2 presenter <b>Jamie Cullum</b> about to release his …

June 2013

Vintage Photo of Ford and Hamill Reading EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Script

Wind Energy’s Shadow: Turbines Drag Down Power Potential

Renewable-energy experts maintain the world is far from reaching a saturation point.<p><b>As seemingly limitless as the air that swirls around us, wind has proven to be the world's fastest-growing source of renewable energy. Backers suggest wind power can continue growing as quickly as companies can</b> …

South African Anti-Fracking Activist Calls for Global Alliance

Wildlife<p>Anti-fracking activist Jonathan Deal, winner of a 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, discusses strategy to save the Karoo region of his native South Africa from gas drilling. Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize<p>“We’ve got to stop doing this,” said Jonathan Deal, with a sense of urgency tinged …

Mysterious Mounds: Uncovering Matagalpa Archaeology in Central Nicaragua

Wildlife<p><i>National Geographic explorer and archaeologist Alex Geurds is currently in the field investigating a unique, prehistoric, ceremonial center of stone circles in Central Nicaragua. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from him and his team.</i><p>Ashes are drifting across …

The Most Influential Gear of All Time

After months of research and countless meetings and back-and-forth emails between <i>Outside</i>'s editors, writers, and gear testers, we've assembled our first-ever list of the most important gear ever created. These are the products and innovations that have made it possible for those who inspire us and …

The 10 best physicists

Space Pictures This Week: Sunrise From Space, Saturn After Dark

Astronauts see the sun rise from space, Saturn goes dark, and a volcano spews ash in this week’s best space pictures.

Environmentalism is not a Luxury

It’s funny that people think about how celebrities deal with environment as a luxury. Actually, the environment is the most simple thing that anybody …

Rwanda genocide 20 years on: 'We live with those who killed our families. We are told they're sorry, but are they?' http://gu.com/p/3fkqt/tw Nearly 20 years after the Rwandan genocide, Chris McGreal returns to Kibuye to meet the few Tutsis who survived – and some of the killers they are forced to live with as neighbours Photograph: Andy Hall for the Observer

A Photographer Rediscovers The Crumbling Remains Of Tatooine

A photographer finds abandoned sets used in the Star Wars films crumbling in the desert.<p>In <i>Star Wars</i> (or <i>Episode IV</i> if you want to be like <i>that</i>), Luke Skywalker spends the first 15 minutes whining about his misfortune for having been born on Tatooine. He can’t go to Beggar’s Canyon to shoot womp rats …

Future in the 50's

Listen: Queens of the Stone Age Perform New Song "Keep Your Eyes Peeled"

A few days ago, Queens of the Stone Age stopped by Belgian radio station Studio Brussel's Club 69 and performed previously unheard tracks from their new album <i>...Like Clockwork</i>. (Check out "I Sat By the Ocean" and "If I Had a Tail" here.) As Consequence of Sound notes, audio has surfaced of a third …