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What 3,000-year-old Egyptian wheat tells us about the genetics of our daily bread

Nov 05, 2019 02:30 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Human societies need food and that often means wheat, which was first cultivated more than 12,000 years ago. Today, around one in five calories consumed by humans is from wheat. Over this time, humans have moved wheat...

Climate Change Series

Climate crisis: the countryside could be our greatest ally – if we can reform farming

Nov 05, 2019 02:30 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Around 20% of the UKs farms account for 80% of the countrys total food production, and they do this on about half of all the farmed land there is. At least 80% of farms in the UK dont produce very much at all. In...

Recycling plastic bottles is good, but reusing them is better

Nov 05, 2019 02:25 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Last week Woolworths announced a new food delivery system, in collaboration with US company TerraCycle, that delivers grocery essentials in reusable packaging. The system, called Loop, lets shoppers buy products from...

Australia's only active volcanoes and a very expensive fish: the secrets of the Kerguelen Plateau

Nov 04, 2019 23:55 pm UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Stretching towards Antarctica lies a hidden natural oasis - a massive underwater plateau created when continents split more than 100 million years ago. Straddling the Indian and Southern Oceans, the Kerguelen Plateau is...

Suburban change is transforming city life around the world

Oct 31, 2019 06:08 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

We are living on a suburban planet. While the majority of humans around the world now call some form of urban habitat their home, most of us live, work and play in environments that would not usually be recognized as the...

How to get fishers more involved in decisions that affect them

Oct 29, 2019 19:33 pm UTC| Insights & Views Nature

South Africas approach to managing its fishing industry is supposed to include all interested parties. Fishers and government should work together to make decisions. But this has proven to be easier said than done. The...

Most native bird species are losing their homes, even the ones you see every day

Oct 29, 2019 19:28 pm UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Across parts of Australia, vast areas of native vegetation have been cleared and replaced by our cities, farms and infrastructure. When native vegetation is removed, the habitat and resources that it provides for native...

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Economy

China’s growth outlook remains weak through 2020 owing to headwinds from ongoing trade war, says DBS Group Research

Chinas growth outlook for the remainder of the year and into 2020 is expected to weaken further due to headwinds including drag from the ongoing trade war with the US and tighter financial regulations. GDP growth will...

UK gilts gain after Q3 GDP, Sep manufacturing production disappoints; employment report eyed

The United Kingdoms gilts gained during European trading hours Monday after the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter of this year and the manufacturing production for the month of September...

German bunds climb ahead of November ZEW economic sentiment, Q3 GDP

The German bunds climbed during European trading session Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment data for the month of November, scheduled to be released on November 12 by 10:00GMT and the gross domestic...

New Zealand’s retail spending falls in October, spending levels remain well up on those seen H1

New Zealands retail spending fell 0.6 percent in October, a weaker result than expected. Todays result follows strong gains in the past two months. Spending levels remain well up on those seen through the first half of the...

U.S. Treasuries gain in muted trading session ahead of FOMC member Brainard’s speech

The U.S. Treasuries gained during Fridays afternoon session amid a muted trading day that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, a speech by Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) member Brainard, due to be...

Politics

Donald Trump reportedly implies Melania Trump would not cry if he got shot

Melania Trump and Donald Trump have been relentlessly hounded by divorce rumors after the latter was elected the President of the United States. They have denied such claims and insisted their marriage is going well, but a...

What a minority government could mean for affordable housing in Canada

Along with climate change, affordable housing was one of the big issues of the recent Canadian federal election, with political parties scrambling to catch up with public opinion. The widespread concern among the...

Will Canada finally get pharmacare?

When I had lymphoma 12 years ago, I needed to take the drug filgrastim (Neupogen) to get my white blood cell count high enough that I could take my next chemotherapy treatment on time. Before prescribing it, my oncologist...

Government to announce more home care packages for aged before Christmas

More federal government money will be announced within weeks for home care for the aged, after a damning royal commission finding that many people die before their packages arrive. Scott Morrison on Friday said he had...

Twitter is banning political ads – but the real battle for democracy is with Facebook and Google

Finally, some good news from the weirdo-sphere that is social media. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that, effective November 22, the microblogging platform will ban all political advertising globally. This is a...

Science

Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here's a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future

British-born scientist M. Stanley Whittingham, of Binghamton University, was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. L-R: John Goodenough;...

Advances in anti-ageing research: how chemistry could hold the key to better health

Given the opportunity to live much longer lives, many of us might feel less than thrilled at the prospect. After all, you might think, who would want to live an extra 20 years dealing with arthritis, dementia or heart...

Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe's greatest mysteries

As an astronomer, there is no better feeling than achieving first light with a new instrument or telescope. It is the culmination of years of preparations and construction of new hardware, which for the first time collects...

Predicting research results can mean better science and better advice

We ask experts for advice all the time. A company might ask an economist for advice on how to motivate its employees. A government might ask what the effect of a policy reform will be. To give the advice, experts often...

Asteroid impact that could end humanity is happening, space nation leader claims

Asteroids are the most common space objects that fly by Earth almost daily. Some of them were detected too close to the time of their close approach, but there has never been an impact that took place in modern history....

Technology

‘World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ introduces a new leveling scheme

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands was one of the biggest announcements at the recently held BlizzCon 2019 last weekend. Like most fans have already anticipated, it is the games eighth expansion. But aside from the new...

Pixelbook Go with 16GB RAM, Core i5 ships November 18

Pixelbook Go will have more configurations to be released later this month, and possibly by next year. Google has finally put a release date on the laptops variant with 16GB RAM capacity. The good news is that orders can...

‘PUBG Mobile’ update 0.15.5 adds new TDM map, opens Royale Pass Season 10

Team Deathmatch, or simply known as TDM, is one of the newest gameplay modes added to PUBG Mobile this year. Following the release of another game mode, developers are showing TDM some love by adding a new and exclusive...

Tesla vehicles might drive themselves at a drive-thru soon

It can be said that some of the most technologically-advanced vehicles today are coming from Tesla. Aside from electric-powered cars that can drive itself on freeways and parking lots, Tesla has also developed a system...

iOS 14 to introduce Split View on iPhones?

Tech fans are very familiar with the companies timelines for new hardware and software products. It is not surprising that many Apple fans are now looking forward to iOS 14 even though iOS 13 only went live barely two...
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