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Biotech plants break the famine and economic barriers
Dateline: 8 August 2012
Faced with feeding every fifth person on the planet with less than one-tenth of the world’s farmland, Beijing has been pumping hundreds of millions of sino-dollars into transgenic crop research and development. The plants, whose DNA is altered with genetic material that programs them with traits like pest and drought resistance, are helping farmers yield...

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Videogames are not just entertainment but a new commercial juggernaut
Dateline: 4 June 2006
Three virtual worlds that exist on the internet have grown economies with a per-capita income comparable to those of small countries and several more are well on their way, this from the latest report published by respected economist, Keith Ferold. At the heart of each virtual world is a computer game played by hundreds of...
Furore as the EU scraps the mandatory retirement age as anachronistic and unaffordable
Dateline: 7 December 2010
The European Union debate over Europe’s pension deficit and the mandatory retirement age has been one of the fiercest in its history. Last night, insults were exchanged across the floor amidst a chaotic scene at the EU Parliament in Brussels, as mem-bers debated the scrapping of the mandatory retirement age. The bill was narrowly passed....
MTV Awards capture the power of the connected individual and the worst of establishment thinking
Dateline: 23 December 2008
It has been a year of polarity. For some, as Frank Sinatra once crooned, “It was a very good year”, and for others, in the words of fave Australian grunge band, Vomit, “It stinks”. It was all perfectly summed up at the MTV Best & Worst Annual Award Ceremony last night, which was beamed live...
Consumers take ownership and topple service providers' marketing strategies
Dateline: 14 December 2006
Mobile phones have become the de facto standard contact point for many people – especially with the explosion of small and networked business structures. Until recently mobile service providers held customers to ransom as they were seen to own the telephone number, making it very difficult for customers to switch even if they were not...
New tax to exploit rampant growth in universal communications
Dateline: 21 March 2010
In a surprising move, Evelyne Huytebroeck, Belgium’s Minister of Finance announced in her webcast this afternoon that CamPhone Tax would be extended to include all W4G (fourth generation wireless inter-net) transmissions, while fuel tax would be done away with. A snap survey of the audience during the last minute of the broadcast indicated 64% in...
Anglo's Mondi Ventures launches new BioPharming strategy to turn forests & fields into biological factories
Dateline: 2 August 2008
Anglo American, the tenth largest company on the FTSE100, announced a major medical breakthrough and a new strategy at its investors’ briefing in London yesterday. A new cure for malaria was first on the agenda, as the Anglo Research Division confirmed its organic plant derivative had proved successful in clinical trials. The Anglo subsidiary Mondi...
With Intel's new ChippIE food warnings have just become very personal
Dateline: 11 December 2009
Litigation against the food industry has left massive controversy in its wake and it’s the consumer who has been the real winner. But in-body computing looks set to change all that. Intel’s new, personal ‘under-skin’ chip, appropriately named, ChippIE, knows what food you like and what’s good for you personally, before you eat it. This...
Controversy rages at Oscars as Sean Connery and his youthful electronic avatar double share the Best Actor Award
Dateline: Sunday 28th March, 2010
So who was the real winner? Sean Connery, the imposing, but ageing, figure on the podium, or Sean Connery, the electronic avatar, with the characteristic gravelly voice and a youthful spring in his step? It seems nobody in the Academy could decide, as the judges voted on a joint award last night at the 2010...
New technology and the demands of an ageing population make cosmetic surgery one of the fastest growing industries in the world
Dateline: 14th October 2008
Ten years ago cosmetic surgery was the province of the young and the early middle-aged, but platelet technology has changed that. The use of platelet gel accelerates the healing pro-cess and has overcome previous complications in post-surgical recovery, making cosmetic sur-gery a viable process for the elderly. Today, one in six people in the West...
Home users embrace cheap bacterial fuel cells, leaving the utilities dependent on business customers. Is it too little, too late?
Dateline: 29 February 2016
After reporting a massive loss in sales to the domestic sector, Electricité de France, the world’s largest utility, announced today that its survival would depend on selling power to business customers. The global energy industry has been through a decade marked by consolidation and technological development. While solar and wind power held promise as potential...

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