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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and China’s Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People, China. Photo Credit: DoC
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and China’s Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People, China. Photo Credit: DoC


Chinese Agriculture Goes Global – Analysis

China invests in land and research in Africa, South America, Central Asia to feed the world’s largest population. By Loro Horta* China is the world’s second largest economy, but ironically, food security is emerging as one of the main concerns for China’s communist leaders. During a visit to an Argentinian farm in July President Xi […]

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Do You Speak Cow? Researchers Listen To ‘Conversations’ Between Calves And Their Mothers

Researchers have been eavesdropping on ‘conversations’ between calves and their mothers — measuring the process of how cows communicate using detailed acoustic analysis for the first time. The team from The University of Nottingham and Queen Mary University of London, spent ten months studying to the ways cows communicate with their young, carefully examining acoustic […]

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Credit card


Fraud-Proof Credit Card Possible Because Of Quantum Physics

Cards, such as identification cards and credit cards, could soon be impossible to hack thanks to a system based on quantum physics. Researchers from the UT research institute MESA+ and the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have together developed a method with that can authenticate physical objects that are impossible to copy. Technologists are fighting […]

3D Christmas trees. Photo credit: Simon Fraser University
3D Christmas trees. Photo credit: Simon Fraser University


How To Print 3D Christmas Tree Efficiently And With Zero Material Waste

Just in time for Christmas, Simon Fraser University computing science professor Richard Zhang reveals how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world’s first algorithm for automatically decomposing a 3D object into what are called pyramidal parts. A pyramidal part has a flat base with the remainder of […]

Coal power plant in China. Photo by Tobixen,, Wikipedia Commons.
Coal power plant in China. Photo by Tobixen,, Wikipedia Commons.


Global Coal Demand Seen Reaching 9 Billion Tonnes Per Year By 2019

Global demand for coal over the next five years will continue marching higher, breaking the 9-billion-tonne level by 2019, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its annual Medium-Term Coal Market Report released Monday. The report notes that despite China’s efforts to moderate its coal consumption, it will still account for three-fifths of demand growth […]