Within a few decades, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence, leading to The Singularity — technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. The implications include the merger of biological and nonbiological intelligence, immortal software-based humans, and ultra-high levels of intelligence that expand outward in the universe at the speed of light.
The Future of Protein: Patrick Caughill The technology behind lab-cultured meat products is rapidly advancing. When we start seeing these kinds of products being sold right alongside their traditionally farmed cousins, we should look more at the contentious topic of the impact livestock farming has on the environment.
Further, "each year 13 billion hectares of forest area are lost due to land conversion for agricultural uses as pastures or cropland, for both food and livestock feed crop production. The National Institute of Environmental Health Science estimates that by livestock populations are expected to double.
Animals on factory farms are often confined in poor, overcrowded, conditions and are unable to engage in natural behavior. This can lead to illness, physical alterations, or even death. Also, to make our meat cheaper by fighting disease and making the animals grow faster, they will be given antibiotic growth promoters.
This has led to the rapid spread of drug-resistant bacteria, also known as superbugs. Scientists believe that the technology will continue to advance rapidly, allowing for products to show up in grocery stores and restaurants within a few years.
Meat growing companies will take self-renewing stem cells from animals and cultivate those in a brewery-like atmosphere.
Memphis Meats states that their facilities will be open to the public much like a beer brewery. Lab-grown meats are produced in a much safer, sterile environment than traditional meats.
In addition, lab-grown meats may also have healthier fat content. Since growing cells doesn't require acres upon acres of land, the land used to shelter and graze livestock can be reclaimed by nature, at least ideally.
Diane Cardwell Almost all offshore wind farms currently use fixed platforms built into the seafloor.
While they are increasingly common in Europe, they are just starting in the US, partly due to public opposition. The first such farm is set to begin operation by November near Rhode Island. Enabling wind farms to float over fixed anchors would impact marine life less and add flexibility in where the platforms could be placed.
Proponents say that floating platforms could help overcome some of the obstacles that offshore wind farms face. Developers might receive less opposition from on-shore people if they can locate the farms farther out at sea where they would not be visible from the land.
Also their anchoring mechanisms have smaller, more flexible footprints than those of conventional wind turbines, and that could result in less environmental disturbance. The Obama administration's latest offshore wind strategy paper identifies floating structures as important in fighting climate change.
He predicts that floating platforms may come to outnumber fixed-foundation installations. Energy companies, researchers and government officials are planning floating farms adapted from deep-water oil and gas drilling rigs, which use tethers and anchors to moor platforms to the seabed.
That could make deeper waters - like those off the Pacific Coast, around the Hawaiian Islands and in the Great Lakes - accessible for wind-energy development. Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas giant, is developing what could become the first commercial-scale floating wind farm, off the coast of Scotland, and Seattle-based Trident Winds is pursuing a federal lease to install about turbines more than 30 miles out from Morro Bay on the central California coast.
Despite multimillion-dollar grants from the federal government, cost remains an obstacle. Ocean wind power cannot yet compete with large-scale solar or natural gas. Floating farms are more expensive to build than land-based ones, and for now, at least, they cost more than fixed offshore installations.
But design advances could drop costs lower than conventional systems. Fixed-foundation turbines require highly specialized equipment, vessels and installation procedures.
Each must be customized to its location, said Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president for new energy solutions at Statoil. Statoil's design, known as Hywind, attaches the turbine to a steel buoy filled with water and rocks as ballast that extends over feet below the surface.
Principle Power's design uses a three-column system called WindFloat. However, Principle Power is pursuing projects elsewhere in the U.
Aqua Ventus is similar to the WindFloat but with modifications that could make it cheaper to produce. It floats because the concrete contains air.Negative Population Growth Negative Population Growth, Inc.
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Introduction: The rising population of India is one of the major problems of the country. The present population of India consists of over billion people. The big population of India undoubtedly provides large work-force resources which, if properly utilized, can highly advance the economic prosperity of the country.
Population growth has its own effects on economic growth of a country which can be negative or positive first we will look in to the negatively effecting factors of population growth: 1) Due to increase in Population Consumption Increases which will decrease GNP/GDP and Imports will increase and Exports Fall down Budget Defect is the result .
The North Houston Economic Development Center provides resources and support for economic development activities and serves as a regional economic hub. POPULATION GROWTH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The consequences of population growth on economic development have attracted the attention of economists ever since Adam smith wrote his Wealth of nations.
It was only Malthus and Ricardo who created an alarm about the effect of population growth on the economy. An Essay on the Principle of Population [T. R.
Abstract. This paper reviews the role of Research and Development in the economic growth. The paper links back the story of economic growth to the studies of 17 th and 18 th century. The role of Research and development was confirmed in the models like Romer (), Romer (), Aghion & Howitt (), Grossman & Helpman () and Barro & Sala-i-Martin (). Population Growth and Natural Resources 73 Economic Theories of Population Growth In this section the demographic transition process observed in the previous section will be examined in terms of economic theories. Current economic policy is based on outdated models which include energy prices, commodity prices, and capital investment in plant and equipment as key driving factors, but do not adequately model bandwidth, MIPs, megabytes, intellectual property, knowledge, and other increasingly vital (and increasingly increasing) constituents that are driving the economy.
Malthus] on timberdesignmag.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The first major study of population size and its tremendous importance to the character and quality of society.