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The new Spanish red wines

The rapid rise of the Spanish red grape variety mencía has taken Britain by storm<p><b>Pizarras de Otero Bierzo, Spain 2013 (£9.99, or £6.66 if you buy two bottles,</b> <b>Majestic</b><b>)</b> It’s rare for a grape variety to break through to the mainstream as rapidly as Spanish red grape mencía has. Just five years ago it …

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15 Emerging Agriculture Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging agriculture technologies.</i><p>Sensors help agriculture by enabling …

For the First Time, We Have a Detailed Model of the Universe

And its rendering stretches almost all the way back to the Big Bang.<p>It is, if you except the powers of human memory, the closest thing we have to a time machine.<p>Scientists have created the first realistic model of the universe, capable of recreating 13 billion years of cosmic evolution. The …

Scientists create the first life form with 'alien' DNA

Researchers in California have for the first time created an organism whose genetic code comprises six letters, instead of four. This means that the bacterium, described in a study published in <i>Nature</i> today, is the first life form to contain artificial genetic building blocks.<p>When biologists talk …