May 16

Taking Center Stage with Life Science

Taking Center Stage with Life Science
Basic biology has always taught us that the cellular mechanisms behind what makes you, can be summarized in as easy as one, two, three. 1) DNA is transcribed into RNA 2) RNA is translated into protein 3) Proteins make organs and tissues - which are the building blocks of our entire bodies. We have traditionally looked for hiccups that may have occurred during this three-step process in order to explain why some of us get diseases or cancer and others do not.

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May 15

What does Africa mean to you?

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What does Africa mean to you?
When you think about Africa from a business perspective, do you think about its famine, political and social instability, or do you see a land of opportunity? Africa has seen incomes grow by three percent in just 10 years and The Economist magazine coined the phrase, ‘Africa rising,’ to reflect that eight out of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies are in Africa. In fact, both the World Bank and United Nations have recently issued reports pointing out that scaling up agriculture and agribusiness is the next frontier in Africa’s revitalization, and the fastest way to address rural poverty and hunger.

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May 14

The Great Unknown Below Our Feet

The Great Unknown Below Our Feet
Over 500 years ago, Leonardo DaVinci observed, “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” Five centuries later, as NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft explores beyond our solar system, a galaxy of trillions of soil microbes inches below our feet remains unknown. As the global population rises each year, so does our concern over how agriculture will be able to close the yield gap. Our land yields must rise 70 to 100 percent by 2050 in order to feed a world of 9 billion people. If every field produced the highest attainable yield, worldwide crop production would only rise by 45 to 70 percent.

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May 06

Drones and the Potential for Precision Agriculture

Drones and the Potential for Precision Agriculture
As a child, my introduction to unmanned vehicles came via an episode of The A-Team wherein the protagonists were besieged inside a toy store. Surrounded by drug runners planning to burn the store down, the heroes of the show were forced to make use of the various materials at hand—conveniently including remote-controlled airplanes and model rockets—to route the drug runners outside and escape. You may be surprised to learn that the concept of drones is nearly a century old. Properly known as UAVs, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, the history of drones begins as early as World War I, although they weren't developed in earnest until the 1970s, when western militaries began to look for new ways to keep their human pilots from harm.

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