How can we protect food systems against global shocks?

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Food, agriculture, land and ocean systems are the backbones of society, providing the sustenance that is essential to life. They are also central to the global economy – representing $10 trillion or over 12% of global GDP today and over 40% of all jobs. Agri-food systems alone are responsible for a third of global greenhouse emissions, over […]

Amazon Will Pilot Drone Delivery in California This Year

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The number of packages people order—and the number of people ordering packages—isn’t likely to go down anytime in the foreseeable future, and companies are working on ways to get those packages delivered quickly and cheaply. Too many delivery trucks cause traffic and congestion; you’ve doubtless seen the Amazon, FedEx, or UPS trucks take over loading […]

Ultima Genomics Claims the $100 Genome and Raises $600M to Go Even Lower

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In 2014, genomic sequencing giant, Illumina, announced that their new machine could sequence whole human genomes for $1,000 per genome. It was a significant milestone for a technology that cost some $95 million per genome when it arrived early this century. Illumina now dominates the industry; but this week, we learned it has some serious new competition. Ultima, ...

In Its Greatest Biology Feat Yet, AI Unlocks the Complex Proteins Guarding Our DNA

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AI has done it again. After solving one of the grandest mysteries in biology—predicting protein structure—it decoded how proteins link up into complexes, and dreamed up novel protein structures that may ultimately be turned into drugs to control our basic biology, health, and life. Yet when faced with enormous protein complexes, AI faltered. Until now. In a ...