Friday, February 25, 2011

How to (cleanly) solve the world's food problems

Posted by  Futurity to Holy Kaw!

Golden rice is a perfect example of the challenges surrounding feeding the world. The genetically modified rice could go a long way to solving the world's vitamin A deficiency problem, but its production has been held up by years of testing required by many countries.

Nina Fedoroff, professor of biology and life sciences at Penn State, says the key to feeding without polluting is being resourceful and efficient.

“We need to expand our ability to farm on land not considered farmable because it is eroded or desertified, using water not considered suitable for farming because it is wastewater or saltwater,” she says. “We need to adapt current crops to higher temperatures and less water and we need to domesticate plants that have evolved to grow at high temperatures and in salty soils.”

Full story at Futurity.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

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It's called: Could an extremely powerful solar flare destroy all the electronics on Earth?

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Authentication and Accreditation: State of the Industry

Authentication and Accreditation: State of the Industry

ESPC: Authenticate Now!

The Email Service Provider Coalition (ESPC), a group of companies that handle email transmission for over 250,000 email sending corporations and businesses around the world, is calling for increased authentication adoption. ESPC requires all members to authenticate outgoing client email. It also wants receiving ISPs to take harsher measures against those who don't authenticate, or who fail authentication checks due to a badly configured record or spoofing attempts.

MSN Recognizes Habeas

Habeas, an email accreditation company, announced its accreditation program, and the Habeas SafeList is now recognized by Microsoft. Using Habeas almost as an outsourced whitelist, Microsoft will be able to better target its spam filters to email not signed with the Habeas certification mark.

For the last 18 months, Microsoft has deployed Bonded Sender's whitelist in a similar capacity. It will use Habeas' SafeList in addition to Bonded Sender for both Hotmail and MSN. It's likely email marketers must only adopt one of these accreditation services for improved Hotmail and MSN delivery.

Recognition of email accreditation programs by a large consumer ISP can drive other ISPs to do the same, snowballing adoption. It isn't hard to imagine Yahoo or AOL outsourcing its whitelisting program to a provider with a more structured, standardized process.


E-mail is changing, as these developments demonstrate. ISPs and email senders alike are clamoring for an authenticated email system that relies on a certification standard. Spammers will find it more difficult to operate in such a system and be driven deeper underground, while legitimate email will remain on top.

If delivery rates are important to your company, take a look at the various accreditation companies such as Habeas and Bonded Sender. If you don't yet authenticate your email, either cryptographically or with Sender ID, now's a good time to start. Wait too long, and you'll leave money on the table and play catch-up with your competitors.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

How beer saved the world [video]

Posted by  Annie Colbert to Holy Kaw!

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Civilization owes a debt of gratitude to beer. Yes, beer. Scientists and historians share the fascinating tale of how beer contributed to the creation of math, poetry, the pyramids, modern medicine, labor laws and the good old U S of A. So grab a brewskie, and prepare for a beer-induced mind blowing.

Also check out Part 2 and Part 3.

Via TDW.