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Developing Countries and Biotechnology: a Good Match

In Biotechnology on October 21, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Food Insecurity in Africa can be solved with Biotechnology, some Believe

via NABDA – A report made by Bamidele Solomon of National BioTechnology Development Agency affirmed that the NABDA supports the use of biotechnology to yield crops in developing countries and/or countires with food insecurities like Nigeria in en effort to rise above food poverty. He emphasized the use of strategy and training to make biotechnology effective and efficient.

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Food security and Developing Countries

via Journal on Science and World Affairs.

Magdelena Kropiwnicka’s essay on the agricultural uses of BioTechnology in developing countries reveals both praises and criticisms for the emerging technology on a global, legal, “exacerberate social, economic, and environmental” scale. Examination of the history and Intellectual Property rights are also commenced in the essay, giving readers a very broad insight to BioTechnology’s many avenues and possibilities for success, or downfall.

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India sees promise in BioTechnology

via RNCOS.

The technology that is deemed “bioagriculture” in India is fast-growing in the world’s second-largest producer of food. Products such as cotton have proven to be a success, both monetarily and production-wise, while other “transgenic plants” products such as corn, cabbage, rice, brassica and others are currently under trials and testing. A report, Booming Biotech Market in India, gives an insight to the industry of biotechnology and the advantages it can offer to India.

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Ethanol Arises as a Top Interest for Many

In Ethanol on October 10, 2008 at 3:10 pm

US Chamber of Commerce cautions ethanol imports, tariffs

Dow Jones Newswire: The tariffs placed on ethanol imports to the United States need to be reconsidered a the goal of international free-trade of biofuels surfaces, according to a report issued by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This topic of free-trade streams towards the Chamber’s distant agenda, but is still a concern. Another concern with ethanol stated in the report is the tax credit that comes with the use of ethanol to blend with gasoline; the Chamber said that the tax credits are “disjointed and inconsistent.”

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New Biofuel: cellulosic ethanol, plant to open in Colorado

DenverPost.com: In an effort to further propel cellulosic ethanol into commercial production, an $80 million plant is to be built in Grand Junction, Colorado. The companies backing this plant, Suncor Energy and Lignol Energry, are from Canada and have joined together to create this new, commercial-scale plant. A government grant of $30 million also helps with the funding of the plant.

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Ethanol plant in Ohio opens, results still in process

via Blog article by laurakathleen of WordPress.com: The facts about ethanol as a biofuel are revealed and how the ethanol plants, economies of ethanol and production of ethanol are beneficial. Common mis-givings of ethanol are adressed, giving the reader insight to this biofuel and the thoughts of many who are affected by it.

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Biomass Conference Focuses on Cellulosic Ethanol

In Ethanol on October 4, 2008 at 2:09 am

Via Biomass Magazine:

Approximately 120 agricultural researchers, economists, and industry professionals attended the Northern Plains Biomass Economy conference in Fargo, N.D., on Sept. 29 to discuss the incentives that are in place for developing a cellulosic ethanol industry in the United States and how biomass-producing states can take advantage of those incentives.

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Stratus Tolerates Faults on Windows HPC

In High Performance Computing (HPC) on October 1, 2008 at 2:23 am

Via The Register:

There are many ways to gang up machinery to scale applications on groups of servers or provide a measure of disaster recovery or fault tolerance for those applications. Supercomputer customers are known for spending big bucks on exotic technology, but they’re also notorious cheapskates. That’s why Linux and the clustering of commodity x86 servers took off a decade ago, essentially wiping out the market for vector supercomputers and nearly knocking out RISC architectures.

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Africa Now Focuses on Biotechnology as Poor Yields Begin to Bite

In Biotechnology on October 1, 2008 at 1:54 am

Via Truth About Trade & Technology:

Poor agricultural yeids and rising food insecurity in sub–Saharan Africa has brought into sharp focus the role of modern agricultural technology in human development.

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US Army to Explain Military Interest in Nano Materials at Major Nanotechnology Conference This Week

In Nanotechnology on October 1, 2008 at 1:46 am

Via Nanotechnology Now:

Military interest in nanotechnology has long been know and understood, but for scientists who have hoped for interest in C60, the Army’s call for fullerenes is a welcome surprise. Before his death nearly three years ago, Rick Smalley, lamented to reporters that “we still haven’t found a use for Bucky-Ball (C60).” Smalley led the team back in 1985 that discovered the Buckminster Fullerene, as C60 it is formally known, and shared the Nobel Prize for it.

Dr. Jacob Stanley of the U.S. Army R&D will explain military needs at nanotxUSA’08 this Thursday, October 2, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas convention hotel during International Nanotechnology Week.

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Free Advanced Mechatronics Seminar for Motion Control

In Mechatronics on October 1, 2008 at 1:18 am

Via Project Mechatronics:

Danaher Motion Performance Controls (MEI), in partnership with The MathWorks and sponsored by Design World magazine, is hosting a free half-day seminar on Advanced Mechatronics for High Performance Motion Control on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at the Boston Marriott Newton hotel.

Persons interested in attending can learn more and register online at http://www.motioneng.com/mechatronicseminarOct.

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