Technology Adoption

British engineers create petrol from air and water

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Alice Baghdjian
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LONDON (Reuters) - A small British company has developed a way to create petrol from air and water, technology it hopes may one day contribute to large-scale production of green fuels.

Engineers at Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS) in Teeside, northern England, say they have produced 5 liters of synthetic petrol over a period of three months. ... Read more about British engineers create petrol from air and water

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This Year’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies, According to the World Economic Forum

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Philip Perry
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Recently, the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and Global Future Councils, teamed up with the board of directors of Scientific American, to determine the top 10 breakout technologies for this year. These are either likely to be prevalent within 3-5 years or are set to dramatically “…improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet.”

This year’s list is as follows:

10. Quantum Computing ... Read more about This Year’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies, According to the World Economic Forum

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8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security

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Christopher Neale
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Big Data is transforming agriculture, and just in time. The demand for food is expected to double by 2050 as the world's population heads toward 9 billion people and increasing incomes allow many more to afford a better diet. Lack of water is a critical constraint to increasing food production, particularly as droughts and other consequences of climate change are making water scarcer. ... Read more about 8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security

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August | 2013 | DESANews - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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Food, Energy and Cities discussed online with DESA experts

As a way to bring United Nations reports closer to the general public, eight experts from DESA held a Facebook chat on 25 July to promote the recently launched World Economic and Social Survey 2013. Here are some of the questions and issues raised from all around the globe and an overview of the report. ... Read more about August | 2013 | DESANews - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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Map of the Day: The World You Want, After 2015 | UN Dispatch

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Mark Leon Goldberg
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The United Nations and partners have launched an interesting exercise to poll the world’s citizens on their top priorities, policies and views as world leaders shape a global development agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire in 2015.

They are calling this project MY World, and it includes an interactive web page, SMS, platform, telephone and offline survey to target as many people as possible around the world to weigh in on their top priorities. (It’s in all six official UN languages, naturally.) ... Read more about Map of the Day: The World You Want, After 2015 | UN Dispatch

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This graphic shows how vulnerable every type of job is to automation

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Julia La Roche
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There are lots of concerns that technological innovation like robots and artificial intelligence will destroy jobs. ... Read more about This graphic shows how vulnerable every type of job is to automation

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Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water - BBC News

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Image copyright WATERISLIFE/Kristine Bender Image caption The next stage is to test the books in larger trials where they are used by local residents

A book with pages that can be torn out to filter drinking water has proved effective in its first field trials.

The "drinkable book" combines treated paper with printed information on how and why water should be filtered.

Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through. ... Read more about Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water - BBC News

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