Biotech companies will soon perform their own studies to determine whether their genetically modified seeds are safe for the environment, according to a new federal plan. That means companies like Monsanto, which provides about 90 percent of the world's transgenic crops, will help the government decide whether their own products should be approved.
Robotic moon bases, chips implanted in our brains, self-driving cars, and high-speed rail linking London to Beijing. According to a dazzling number of technology predictions that single out the year 2020, it's going to be to be one hell of a year. Here, we take a look at some of the wonders it holds in store.
The Department of Energy’s ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy) has just doled out its fourth round of funding, and $30 million is going toward the ambitious goal of trimming the cost of biofuels by 50 percent. PETRO, or Plants Engineered to Replace Oil, looks to breed or genetically modify plants that boost energy-per-acre by boosting their abilities to capture and convert solar energy.
It may not seem something to get bent out of shape over, but there’s a scientific controversy that’s been brewing over whether or not bacteria generate radio waves. Now a team at Northeastern University thinks they’ve figured out the mechanism that bacteria might use to manufacture radio signals.
Clean drinking water is arguably the most basic human necessity, yet in developing countries it’s a rare and precious resource — nearly 900 million people worldwide live without it, according to the World Health Organization. One MIT researcher has a solution: Drink the fog.
The spark plugs driving combustion in your car may soon be getting an optical upgrade, thanks to a team of Japanese researchers. Laser ignition systems, which are exactly what they sound like, could replace spark plugs as the primary means to ignite the fuel-air mix in engines, boosting fuel efficiency and cutting down on carbon emissions.
Today's environmental question of the day from CSX.
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By Mark JannotPosted 04.15.2011 at 3:14 pm 3 Comments
Two years ago, I sat with roughly 1,500 fellow attendees of the annual TED Conference and listened as one of the world's greatest explorers explained why we must stop plundering the oceans and start protecting them—immediately. "Business as usual means that in 50 years, there may be no coral reefs and no commercial fishing, because the fish will simply be gone," the explorer said. "Imagine the ocean without fish. Imagine what that means to our life-support system."