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Vertical farming in Singapore

  IN Singapore, more than 5.5 million people live in a small area of 720Km2. As more and more towering apartment buildings are built, what little land was available for farming was disappeared fast. Only seven percent of Sin­gapore’s food is grown locally. The country imports most of its fresh vegetables and fruits dai­ly from […]

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Boom in jellyfish blooms (Part 2)

  SHINICHI Ue, a professor at Japan’s Hiroshima University, warned that “the world’s seas will be in big trouble”, if the interna­tional community “fails to get seri­ous about countermeasures against jellyfish massive outbreaks.” A study by Ue found the jellyfish, especially Nomura jellyfish, are born in northern parts of the East China Sea. China’s coastal […]

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Boom in jellyfish blooms

  JELLYFISH are found all over the world, from surface waters to the deep sea. Jel­lyfish have been in existence for at least 500 million years, and possibly 700 million years or more making them the old­est multi-organ animal group. They are boneless, bloodless and brainless. Jellies drift at the mercy of the currents, though […]

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No need to bring wallet – pay with your face

  THERE is a new Break through set to launch in Thailand by the end of the year. A customer first registers images of their face online. Then at checkout, a camera scans their face and cross-references it with a data­base, automatically taking money from their bank account if it matches. No need to carry […]

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Roads built from plastic trash – India

  INDIA produces about 15,000 tons of plastic waste daily, of which about 9,000 tons are re­cycled. The remainder clutters landfills and clogs drains, and is blamed for urban flooding. Rajagopalan Vasudevan, an Indian scientist, and professor in Thiagarajar College of Engineer­ing, developed an innovative method of dealing with plastic pollution, by turning them into […]

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People’s choice in China, tea or coffee (Part 2)

  CHINA, the world’s number one in tea production is one of the top 20 global coffee producers today. Almost all (more than 90%) of China’s coffee is produced in Yunnan, where Arabica is the sole variety grown. In 1999, little over a decade following the resurgence of the coffee production sector, the first Starbucks […]

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