For farmers hoping for a healthy harvest, the best place to turn for help these days is the Monsanto Corp. One of the world’s leading biotechnology companies–and lately a pioneer in genetically engineered seeds–Monsanto has been incorporating flashy traits like herbicide and pest resistance into everything from canola to corn.
Although supercomputers are dazzling in their power and engineering virtuosity, hardware alone will only partly achieve the eventual goal of computer scientists: the creation of systems that can mimic the decision- making powers of human beings.
Mahad Abdullahi Hassan had never heard of Nepal before the day he landed in it. When the 28-year-old Somali boarded a flight from Dubai to Kathmandu on May 23, 2007, he was hoping he would finally reach his dream destination: Sweden
The European Union has agreed a conditional deal on how to help developing nations combat the effects of climate change.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the world needs a “new, sustainable growth model for the future” to reduce “massive financial imbalances” between consumer-driven economies in the West and developing economies in the East.
In the developing world millions of people struggle to operate machinery, read from a blackboard, or just see the world around them, because they don’t have access to the eye glasses they need. But a pair of glasses developed by Joshua Silver, a physics professor at the University of Oxford, offers an affordable solution
Cell phone technology is helping developing nations prepare for disease threats such as a new strain of swine flu, an outbreak of measles or the increased spread of HIV. Kenya proved it in 2007, when the East African nation suffered its first case of the polio virus in more than 20 years, said Yusuf Ajack Ibrahim, a health care worker at the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. As thousands of Somalis fled to Kenya to avoid violence in their homeland, the exodus sparked a serious health crisis, Ibrahim said
If the fast spread of swine flu suggests the world is small, the global response to the epidemic reminds us that in many ways it’s still light years apart. Swine flu has been making headlines in the Western world, but in places like India and Africa, where “pandemic” is just another part of the daily vocabulary, no one has so much as stifled a sneeze