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02.04.2016 Pressenza Hong Kong

Seed storage in the tropics

Seed storage in the tropics

 Why seed storage is necessary Yearly production of grains, pulses, and vegetables depends on a reliable supply of quality seed. This is true for the farmer growing a crop to feed their family as well as for the agricultural worker evaluating and growing out seeds of a new crop species… »

29.03.2016 Pressenza London

FBI to Apple: Nevermind

FBI to Apple: Nevermind

‘The FBI’s credibility just hit a new low. They repeatedly lied to the court and the public in pursuit of a dangerous precedent that would have made all of us less safe.’ by Common Dreams staff Following a high-profile attempt by the FBI and Department of Justice… »

29.03.2016 Tony Henderson

Warka Water as appropriate technology for desert regions

Warka Water as appropriate technology for desert regions

On March 18, 2016, Warka Water was announced as the winner of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) World Design Impact Prize. Warka Water had been voted in as one of three finalists. Arturo Vittori, from Italy, accepted the award on the night at WDC 2016 Design… »

22.03.2016 Silvia Swinden

World Water Day. Innovations largely ignored?

World Water Day. Innovations largely ignored?

Water scarcity and contamination has been recognised as a serious problem for many years. It kills people, starts wars and drives unspeakable inequality. Corporations steal water from unprotected people to produce expensive drinks or mine polluting coal. The UN has a number of water projects, but it… »

22.03.2016 Pressenza Hong Kong

Benefits & risks of artificial intelligence

Benefits & risks of artificial intelligence

“Everything we love about civilization is a product of intelligence, so amplifying our human intelligence with artificial intelligence has the potential of helping civilization flourish like never before – as long as we manage to keep the technology beneficial.” Max Tegmark, President of the Future of Life Institute What is… »

23.02.2016 Tony Henderson

Hoovering up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Hoovering up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A gyre in oceanography is any large system of rotating ocean current, particularly those involved with large wind movements. Gyres are caused by the Coriolis effect; planetary spin or vorticity along with horizontal and vertical friction causing drag, that determines the circulation patterns from the torque of the wind caused… »

19.02.2016 Democracy Now!

Apple vs. the FBI

Apple vs. the FBI

Inside the Battle Snowden Calls “The Most Important Tech Case in a Decade” A major debate over privacy and online encryption has erupted after the computer giant Apple announced it will resist a court order to help the FBI break into an iPhone recovered from one of the San Bernardino… »

24.01.2016 Darío Aranda

Argentine Social Movements Strike Back Against Monsanto

Argentine Social Movements Strike Back Against Monsanto

The biotechnology giant continues attempts to build its GMO seeds plant in Argentina, despite three years of unflinching popular opposition. The world’s largest GMO corporation never imagined that it would suffer one of its major setbacks in a small, rural town in central Argentina. Popular opposition, irregularities in the company’s… »

03.01.2016 Silvia Swinden

Purpose in Life protects from cognitive decline

Purpose in Life protects from cognitive decline

A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2012 has just been widely reported. Its title: “Effect of Purpose in Life [PIL]on the Relation Between Alzheimer Disease Pathologic Changes on Cognitive Function in Advanced Age” The study defines purpose in life as “the tendency to… »

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