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New soil-free farms reduce land and water pressure

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The Waseda University in Japan has developed an alternative technology which allows farmers to grow crops without soil. Not only does this offer the potential to reduce land use pressure (by negating the need for nutrient-rich soil), it also offers … Continue reading

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Broadband funding shortfall

The UK is likely to fall short of its broadband targets for 2015 due to a £1.1bn gap in funding that will need to be met by private investors. Government targets are to provide 100% access to fast broadband and … Continue reading

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Opening the door to innovation

What is required to tackle climate change? Some suggest it will take a Manhattan Project style initiative, which is to suggest that immense scale driven by brute force innovation and central planning will solve our problems. However, the Manhattan Project … Continue reading

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GM foods –will they be back on the menu?

A new survey by the British Science Association shows that the proportion of the public concerned by GM crops is declining somewhat. The findings come at the same time as new evidence which shows that 90% of transgenic crop users … Continue reading

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Tractors of the future…

Driverless, low powered and narrow: these could all be features of the next generation of tractors. Semi-autonomous and autonomous tractors may mean that growers can have several units working around the clock, while smaller powered tractors with narrower implements may … Continue reading

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Virtually rich

A new virtual economy is emerging and it has produced its first millionaire. “Second Life” is a virtual world where gamers can socialise and connect. Within the game users can purchase virtual fashions to dress their character or rent properties … Continue reading

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Brainy computer chips – how computers ‘learn’

The Turing Test, or the ability for a computer to exhibit intelligent behaviour, would require computer chips to form, re-form and strengthen artificial synapses. Recent computer chip advances have produced “brain chips” capable of “learning”. Able to crunch more than … Continue reading

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