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A white Rosy Periwinkle Bioprospecting is an umbrella term describing the process of discovery and commercialization of new products based in biological resources, typically in less-developed countries. Bioprospecting often draws on indigenous knowledge about uses and characteristics of plants and animals. [ 1 ] In this way, bioprospecting includes biopiracy, the exploitative appropriation of indigenous forms of knowledge by commercial actors, as well as the search for previously unknown compounds in organisms that have never been used in traditional medicine. [ 2 ]
By LERA BORODITSKY The Gallery Collection/Corbis 'The Tower of Babel' by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, 1563. (Please see Corrections & Amplifications below .) Do the languages we speak shape the way we think? Do they merely express thoughts, or do the structures in languages (without our knowledge or consent) shape the very thoughts we wish to express?
But there’s a problem with this view. Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. And the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature.
Browse News Stories 1 to 10 of 1,094 stories Shadows Over Data Sharing March 5, 2013 — Experience gained from data sharing during the human genome sequencing project could apply to the broader research community. Experts look at the history of the debates surrounding data access during ... > full story Recommend this page on Facebook , Twitter , and Google +1 :
I work from home. My friends think I am the luckiest. I have all the time in the world. I don’t need to commute everyday. My work’s easy. I can go out whenever I want.
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By Larry Press Communications of the ACM, Vol 38, No 7, July, 1995, pp 15-20 In 1964, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media , a classic discussion of media and their effects on society and the individual.
At the beginning of the year, Duke professor David Goldstein offered what he described as a "confident but uncomfortable prediction" that by 2020, if advances in genetics continue as he expects, they are "bound to substantially increase interest in embryonic and other screening programmes." About a month later, a new company, Counsyl, launched a first-of-its-kind direct-to-consumer testing service aimed at telling couples, based on screening each member of a couple for recessive mutations that could put potential offspring at risk for certain hereditary diseases, offering an early signal of Goldstein's forecast, as well as a not so subtle reminder that, as I've heard some colleagues say, sometimes the future gets here faster than we expect.
Our Heroes: John Cahill of Real Food Farms Over the winter, Ecocentric interviewed farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.
Nothing screams Easter like the arrival of brightly colored marshmallow Peeps snuggled inside crinkly packaging at the grocery store. For many people, the sweet is meant to be hidden: some stuff them into plastic eggs hidden in the backyard for their kids to find, while others tuck them away in desk drawers at the office to satisfy late afternoon hunger pangs. But for one distinct group, marshmallow chicks and bunnies are stuffed (and baked and blended and broiled) into otherwise Peep-less recipes in the kitchen.
By Barbara H. Peterson Farm Wars
Skimming the Agricultural Development section of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation web site is a feel-good experience: African farmers smile in a bright slide show of images amid descriptions of the foundation's fight against poverty and hunger. But biosafety activists in South Africa are calling a program funded by the Gates Foundation a "Trojan horse" to open the door for private agribusiness and genetically engineered (GE) seeds, including a drought-resistant corn that Monsanto hopes to have approved in the United States and abroad. The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) program was launched in 2008 with a $47 million grant from mega-rich philanthropists Warrant Buffet and Bill Gates.
Seed Boutique All orders will be accompanied by a “Freebie” pack of seeds…These seeds are given to you free of charge on one condition…What you must do with these “freebie” seeds is to share them with someone else who might grow them so joining us in the ever growing growing community worldwide.. Unfortunately, regulation and implementation in respect of hemp seed often differs from country to country. For this reason we advise you as a matter of urgency to make inquiries about the regulations to which you are subject.
Ever since the beginning of this nation, Americans have always been able to take for granted that there would always be plenty of fresh water. But unfortunately that is rapidly changing. Due to pollution, corruption, inefficiency and the never ending greed of the global elite, the United States (and the entire world) is heading for a very serious water shortage. Already, there are some areas of the United States where water is the number one local political issue.
Lagos - Shell’s oil disaster in the Bonga field off the Nigerian coast may have spilled up to 2.4 million gallons of crude, according to satellite photos, making it far worse than public statements made by Royal Dutch Shell. The Niger delta oil spill was first reported on December 21, with Shell announcing the spill of “less than 40,000 barrels” (1.7 million gallons) occurred when oil was transferred to a tanker, situated 75 miles off the Niger coast. On Monday, however, after analyzing satellite images, SkyTruth said the Shell spill may be worse than what is being acknowledged by the oil behemoth. “That could mean anything from 1 gallon to 1.7 million gallons,” said John Amos, founder and president of the satellite-imaging nonprofit SkyTruth, TalkingPointsMemo (TPM) reports. In order for oil to register by satellite, it must be at least 1 micron (1/1000th of a millimeter) thick.