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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

Wasting food in a hungry world

India produces enough food to meet the needs of its entire population, and has at its disposal arable land that has the potential to produce food …

Agriculture

You Could Be Eating CRISPR Food in Five Years

Imagine walking into the grocery store to see shelves lined with bright yellow corn, juicy red tomatoes and hunks of watermelon so vibrantly pink and …

Agriculture

Why do farmers go marching?

Why are Indian farmers perpetually in revolt? The question has been raised by many after the recent farmers’ march to Mumbai and simmering rebellions …

Forestry

Offshoring Indian Agriculture: Is India Becoming A GMO Trash Can?

The regulatory system for GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in India is in tatters. So said the Coalition for a GMFree India (CGMFI) in 2017 …

Agriculture

Big Data in Agriculture: A Challenge for the Future | Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

This article examines the challenge and opportunities of Big Data, and concludes that these technologies will lead to relevant analysis at every …

Big Data

Electricity from soil bacteria and reading lights from plants

We generate electric power through hydroelectric plants (in Bhakra, Nagarjunasagar or Hirakud dams), from coal and fossil fuels (Ramagundam, Bhilai …

From Plate To Plough: Getting realistic about farm incomes

An Easy Home Test Kit to Find Out What Kind of Soil You Have - One Green Planet

Just to be clear, the type of soil you have is not the same thing as the pH of the soil. The pH measures the level of acidity or alkalinity of …

Why what we eat is crucial to the climate change question

Our food – from what we eat to how it is grown – accounts for more carbon emissions than transport and yet staple crops will be hit hard by global warming<p>Did you know that what’s on your plate plays a larger role in contributing to climate change than the car you drive? When most wealthy people …

Agriculture

John Deere and the Birth of Precision Agriculture

Farmers were on the fence about precision farming, until Deere engineers made it more accurate and economical Photo: Division of Work and …

Farming

Agriculture 2022: will the dream come true?

The strategy for doubling farmer incomes will differ from state to state, and from one region to another even within a state

Agriculture

If India really wants to help farmers, it must protect them from climate change. Here’s how

Indian farmers must contend with a number of risks, including adverse weather, competition from larger landowners or food corporations and price …

The changing politics of food price inflation

Linking MSPs to a multiple of costs and ignoring other dynamics, such as demand and global prices, risks creating distortions and disincentivizing …

Inflation

The rising agrarian distress in India

To stabilize crop prices and make them remunerative, the Swaminathan Commission proposed significant improvements in the implementation of MSPs

India

Hi-tech farming: Can Rajasthan make the desert bloom?

Neat furrows of cabbage, uniformly spaced cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and pomegranates, and exotic fruits, make the International Horticulture …

Breeding for the market: Private sector’s Green Revolution

A trader auctioning tomatoes at Karnataka’s Kolar APMC market yard. (Express Photo: Kashif Masood)<p>India’s first Green Revolution was largely public …

Before music drowns them out: 21 interesting Oscar acceptance speeches

The Oscars will be upon us in two weeks and now it’s time for all the good old Academy stuff to come out of the storage. Oscar speeches are sometimes …

The 4 Types of Problem-Solvers (and Why Knowing Which One You Are Will Make You More Successful)

There is more to motivation than ambition and work ethic. Learn how to recognize and maximize key drivers for business success.<p>Entrepreneurs are typically highly motivated individuals. Driven and ambitious, they see the reward in taking less predictable approaches and embracing routines that stray …

Self-improvement

Explainer: CRISPR Gene Editing and How It Works

CRISPR harnesses the natural defence mechanisms of some bacteria to cut human DNA strands. Then the DNA strand either heals itself or we inject new …

Genetics

A calligraphed 200-year-old Padmaavat preserved for posterity

Away from the violence and din surrounding the release of <i>Padmaavat</i>, a nearly 200-year-old copy of Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s 16th-century epic poem, on …

Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?

Humanity has 30 years to find out.<p>All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think.<p>Afterward I …

Farming

Changing these 4 beliefs will make you surprisingly happy

Traffic upsets you. People upset you. Your job upsets you… Wrong, wrong and wrong.<p>Actually, none of those things upset you. Your beliefs about them …

Self-help

25 Valuable Quotes to Remember When You Feel Like You've Failed | Inc.com

• "There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor; the unconquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when everyone else …

Motivation

Towards solar-powered agriculture

In the past few years, solar pumps have consistently piqued the interest of various bureaucrats and politicians. The Prime Minister spoke about solar …

Farming

Your Brand Needs a Better Story. Here's How to Rewrite It | Inc.com

Many companies struggle with marketing communication. From web banners to white papers, people spend a fortune on marketing messages, and much of it goes unread. Even worse, well-intentioned marketing can backfire like we've seen with the recent Dove and Nivea ad backlashes.<p>So how do you avoid …

Writing

15 Books Every First-Time Manager Should Read | Inc.com

<i>High Output Management:</i> Dickerson declares himself to be a "huge fan of this book, wish I had read it long before I did."<p><i>The Essential Drucker:</i> He's equally enthusiastic about this one, saying "absolutely love Drucker -- much of what he wrote 50 years ago is more relevant than anything you read …

Self-improvement

Scientists are speed breeding plants in a race to beat climate change

Nutritious, resilient crops in just eight week’s time.<p>Some years ago, NASA bred wheat in space with the goal of providing an unending food supply for astronauts. To help the plant along, astronauts shined light on the plant continuously. As far as the crop was concerned, the sun never set. It was …

Die Hard

Horticulture crop output seen at record 305.4 mt in 2017-18

Within horticulture, production of vegetables is estimated at 181 mt in 2017-18, about 1% higher than the year before, while that of fruits is …

An Almost Guaranteed Way to Achieve Every Goal You Set This Year | Inc.com

New Year's resolutions: We love to make them. And, statistics show, we almost never keep them. (Eighty percent of people who make New Year's resolutions abandon them by the second week of February.)<p>Of course you could try using silence to accomplish a goal. Or you could try to sneak up on big …

Motivation