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The world has entered an era of “peak food” production with an array of staples from corn and rice to wheat and chicken slowing in growth – with potentially disastrous consequences for feeding the planet. New research finds that the supply of 21 staples, such as eggs, meat, vegetables and soybeans is already beginning to run out of momentum, while the global population continues to soar.Peak chicken was in 2006, while milk and wheat both peaked in 2004 and rice peaked way back in 1988, according to new research from Yale University, Michigan State University and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany.What makes the report particularly alarming is that so many crucial sources of food have peaked in a relatively short period of history, the researchers said.“People often talk of substitution. If we run out of one substance we just substitute another. But if multiple resources are running out, we’ve got a problem. Mankind needs to accept that renewable raw materials are reaching their yield limits worldwide,” said Jianguo “Jack” Liu, of Michigan State University.“This is a strong reason for integration ... rather than searching for a one-for-one substitution to offset shortages,” he added.
Posted: January 28, 2015, 5:13 pm
Cause of mysterious signals remains unknown, with possible theories ranging from black holes to alien communication... Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (http://mnras.oxfordjournals.org/content/447/1/246). “The burst was identified within 10 seconds of its occurrence,” said Emily Petroff, a doctoral student from Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology. “The importance of the discovery was recognized very quickly and we were all working very excitedly to contact other astronomers and telescopes around the world to look at the location of the burst.” Emerging from an unknown source, these bursts are bright flashes of radio waves that emit as much energy in a few milliseconds as the sun does in 24 hours. “The first fast radio burst was discovered in 2007,” Petroff tells FoxNews.com, “and up until our discovery there were 8 more found in old or archival data.” While researchers use telescopes in Hawaii, India, Germany, Chile, California, and the California Islands to search for bursts, it is the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope in Eastern Australia that is the first to catch one as its happening. Read more
Posted: January 28, 2015, 1:17 pm
The Future of Life Institute wants humanity to tread lightly while developing really smart machines We’re decades away from being able to develop a sociopathic supercomputer that could enslave mankind, but artificial intelligence experts are already working to stave off the worst when — not if — machines become smarter than people. AI experts around the globe are signing an open letter (http://futureoflife.org/misc/open_letter) issued Sunday by the Future of Life Institute that pledges to safely and carefully coordinate progress in the field to ensure it does not grow beyond humanity’s control. Signees include co-founders of Deep Mind, the British AI company purchased by Google in January 2014; MIT professors; and experts at some of technology’s biggest corporations, including IBM’s Watson supercomputer team and Microsoft Research. “The potential benefits are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence….We recommend expanded research aimed at ensuring that increasingly capable AI systems are robust and beneficial: our AI systems must do what we want them to do,” the letter said in part. A research document attached to the open letter outlines potential pitfalls and recommends guidelines for continued AI development. Read more
Posted: January 12, 2015, 3:42 pm
Storm could trigger false alarms on security systems and cause problems with GPS systems Read more (http://www.myfoxny.com/story/27781194/strong-geomagnetic-storm-hits-earth)
Posted: January 7, 2015, 5:04 pm
Rock expected to fly by at a distance of 1.2 million kilometers... LINK (http://patriotrising.com/2015/01/05/potentially-dangerous-asteroid-fly-earth-january-26/)
Posted: January 5, 2015, 2:10 pm




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