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Report: As A Planet, We're Running Low On Wine

6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A new report produced by analysts at Morgan Stanley reveals that last year, global demand for wine exceeded the available supply by 300 million cases, representing what they're calling "the deepest shortfall in over 40 years of records." Even though, according to ...


Can We Make Biofuel From Tobacco?

6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? For her PhD, NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre agricultural engineer Ruth Sanz-Barrio focused on two specific types of thioredoxins, small proteins that exist in most living organisms, including tobacco plants. By modifying some of the genes in these proteins ...


GPS Tracking "Bullets" Could Help Reduce Car Chases

6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Police departments and state patrol agencies may soon have one more tool to help reduce the number of dangerous car chases on streets and highways: Officers in Iowa and Florida are currently testing Starchase, a compressed air gun that is installed under the grill ...


New Disney Show Will Air On Tablets First, Then TV

6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? In yet another sign of the shift from traditional television to mobile technology, Disney executives have announced that the first nine episodes of their new series "Sheriff Callie's Wild West" will only be available online via a Web site and the Watch Disney ...


Presenting Robocoin, The World's First Bitcoin ATM

6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Going online today (Oct. 29) in Vancouver is Robocoin, billed as the world's first Bitcoin ATM. Unlike regular ATMs, which are accessed using credit or debit cars, Robocoin allows users to receive bitcoins (via online address numbers) in exchange for cash or cash ...


More Proof That Bikes Are Taking Over Europe

6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Following up on recent news that bikes outsold new cars in Spain for the first time, NPR crunched the numbers and found that in 2012, bike sales overtook car sales in 25 of 27 European Union countries for which data was available, with Belgium and Luxembourg as the ...


Better Classroom Learning Through Sound And Smell

6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Scientists and others are looking into ways to influence the senses of sound and smell in order to achieve better performance outcomes in both the office and the classroom. For example, Illinois researcher Ravi Mehta tested people's creativity while playing a ...