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Scientists are trying to perfect a technique for growing crops in space

Scientists are trying to perfect a technique for growing crops in space

Technology
This story is from Inside Science. Scientists in Norway and the Netherlands may have brought us closer to workable space farms, which experts agree are necessary if astronauts are ever going to reach the red planet. "Astronauts stay on the International Space Station for six months and they can bring everything they need in either freeze-dried or vacuum packs, but the next goal for all space agencies is to reach Mars where travel is much longer," explained Silje Wolff, a plant physiologist at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space in Trondheim, Norway. In the best possible conditions, it would take a spacecraft between six and nine months to reach Mars and the same to get back -- not to mention the additional months they would likely spend there. "It's very challenging, ...
Chinese unemployment worries are growing as Beijing beefs up stimulus

Chinese unemployment worries are growing as Beijing beefs up stimulus

Finance
Beijing is working hard to stop a slowing Chinese economy from hitting its workforce. In the last several weeks authorities have made a flurry of announcements, including tax cuts, monetary policy loosening and plans to support public spending. The push comes as economic data points to sagging domestic growth and the U.S. looks set to keep up the pressure on trade. Amid that environment, worries of widespread job losses won't help the already gloomy sentiment that's giving consumers a second thought on spending. The overarching worry for China's leaders is that unemployment could lead to social unrest, and deeper questioning ...
Climate change: Report warns of growing impact on US life

Climate change: Report warns of growing impact on US life

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life, a US government report warns."Future risks from climate change depend... on decisions made today," the 4th National Climate Assessment says.The report says climate change is "presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth".The warning is at odds with the Trump administration's fossil fuels agenda. Sounding an alarmBy James Cook, Los Angeles correspondent, BBC NewsDuring a blast of icy weather in Washington this week, Donald Trump tweeted, "whatever happened to global warming?"Now, without m...
Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

Technology
Sony chiefs are under pressure to respond to complaints about "cross-play" restrictions imposed on Fortnite.Gamers have discovered that if they had first played the title on a PlayStation console, they are unable to use the same Fortnite account with the newly released Nintendo Switch edition.This prevents them from being able to make use of outfits and other in-game purchases and rewards they had accrued.There is no such limitation when moving between the Xbox One and Switch.Gamers were already unable to share a Fortnite account between Microsoft and Sony's platforms. But the appeal of the Switch is that its portable nature allows owners to play when away from home, and...