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Global soil erosion has reached levels that will endanger humanity’s ability to feed itself if nothing is done to lower it, a study warns. The review, published in Science, says soils are being lost faster than they are being naturally produced in many parts of the world. In addition, there is increased...

The international body that monitors nuclear explosions is trying to encourage more scientists from developing countries to make use of data derived from its US$1 billion nuclear explosion detection system. The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), based in Vienna, Austria, relies on hundreds of seismic, hydro-acoustic...

Private investors are interested in financing sustainable land use projects and scientists could provide the evidence to help them do so. The participants said public donours are not doing enough to fund sustainable development projects in agriculture and forestry that both support local livelihoods and protect endangered landscapes. But private funders have the money...

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect the world’s broad aspirations for a better future. But these global goals may not match national...

A new anti-malarial compound may be able to both treat current infections and protect against future ones, according to a study published in the current edition of Nature. Just one dose of the compound could be used to fight malaria infections in patients and increase their immunity against the parasite, according to the researchers. Kevin Read, a researcher at the University...

Household air pollution may have caused around 4.3 million premature deaths from respiratory diseases in 2012, mainly in developing countries, according to a medical paper. Such pollution dramatically increases the risk of both children and adults contracting Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), says the paper, published online last month in Seminars in Respiratory...

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security and Orange Business Services, a global communications solutions operator and integrator, has announced the integration of Gemalto’s market-leading SafeNet Authentication Service with Business Virtual Private Network (VPN) Galerie, the Orange Business Services secured cloud hub. Orange Business Services customers benefit from...

Brazilian scientists have developed a way to use waste water from the orange juice industry to generate power, which could help reduce factory carbon emissions. The technology, created by scientists at Sao Paulo State University, uses waste water produced by orange processing to make hydrogen. Hydrogen has a high energy density and produces no pollution, making it a good...

Committed investment in Science and technology will be needed to have any chance of reaching the proposed water and sanitation-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, delegates at the United Nations (UN)-Water conference in Zaragoza, Spain, heard recently. However, the conference heard that blockages such as corruption, bad governance, poor pay of water facility...

A South Korean robotics team has won the Darpa Robotics Challenge.  The contest is a battle of robots on an obstacle course meant to simulate conditions similar to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.  Team Kaist’s DRC-Hubo humanoid robot defeated 22 others to win the top $2m prize from the US Department of Defense’s Darpa research unit. The robots had an hour...