25 November 2015
Therefore, issues concerning food and nutrition security should be on the top of the list for humanity to solve and provide innovative solutions to tackle this persistent dilemma. Smallholder family farmers can be part of the solution to global food and nutrition security.
18 November 2015
The G20 summit in Turkey, organized on 15–16 November, 2015, focused on global economy, sustainable growth, development and climate change. In addition, the fight against terrorism dominated the discussions. Although these may look as separate agendas, they are all interlinked with the complex network of factors impacting our quality of life. In fact, an unsolved local crisis can extend to complex global crises, and monitoring of these global issues is based on contemporary statistics.
04 November 2015
One day someone may tell me that the Baltic Sea has never been clean, and the underwater bladderwack forests that I saw in the 60’s in Archipelago of Turku, were never there. As if I didn’t swim in the clear water looking down on the thick growth fearing that a fish might emerge and bite me in the toe…Sometimes it would be healthy to believe in facts stated by the scientists. At least when they have worked for decades and proven unequivocally, that climate has warmed and will warm further if we don’t cut greenhouse gas emissions. How about believing it now and doing something before it is too late and no-one remembers what we had before we spoiled our beautiful planet?
29 October 2015
Emissions of carbon dioxide from soil have increased in the last 50 years, without any clear explanation. No data are available about the climate change effect on CO2 concentration in soils. articular temporal or spatial conditions such as waterlogging or soil compaction can lead to high CO2 accumulation in soil. This kind of particular situation also appears in winter under the snow cover.
27 October 2015
Testosterone is seen as the male hormone. The effects of this potent, androgenic, steroid hormone are well known: increased muscle mass, aggression, maturation of male sex organs, body hair growth, increased libido, and the list goes on. As most people are well aware, testosterone is present in both males and females, if in vastly differing baseline concentrations. But, is this huge difference in baseline testosterone simply due to gender? Or is there a societal aspect that has been long overlooked? In recent years, evidence has mounted to support the latter theory, and today’s study in PNAS has now added further reason for this to be taken seriously.
27 October 2015
Unicellular algae may hold a plethora of undiscovered natural products.
26 October 2015
Europe consumes more protein than it produces. The burning question is: how to close the gap between domestic consumption and production, and, how to reduce ecological impacts of food. The roadmap study provided some insights on how to do this. One way is to increase the cultivation of protein-rich crops without decreasing the production of other crops. Because agricultural land is a scarce resource, part of the solution could be to allocate set-aside area to the cultivation of pea, faba bean and rapeseed.
22 October 2015
The findings suggest a potential “early warning” detection system for Alzheimer's disease, even in young and asymptomatic individuals.
20 October 2015
The saga of irisin, an exercise-induced hormone that may be involved in bone strengthening.
19 October 2015
A new study in PNAS published today reveals that birth order has no lasting effect on personality outside intellect.
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