California proposes $95 million for greentech, nanotech and biotech


DuPont going green by $100 million per year

dupont-tractor.jpgDuPont says it will increase investment in green chemistry and products, focusing on plant genetics, biotechnology, and other high-value agricultural fields by some $100 million per year. Investments will include safer crop protection products such as its "ultra-low- toxicity" Rynaxypyr insecticide.

Will biotechnology increase crop yields?

thresher.jpgHere’s one take, from NPR’s Science Friday, on the impact of biotechnology and GMOs on crop production. 8,200 university research trials comparing the performance of different varieties of soybeans show that yields of genetically engineered herbicide resistant soybeans are lower than comparable conventional varieties.

Giant ice shelf snaps free from Canada's Arctic

ice-shelf.jpegA giant ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields has snapped free from an island south of the North Pole, scientists said Thursday, citing climate change as a "major" reason for the event. "This is a dramatic and disturbing event. It shows that we are losing remarkable features of the Canadian North that have been in place for many thousands of years," said Warwick Vincent of Laval University. "We are crossing climate thresholds, and these may signal the onset of accelerated change ahead."

2007 looks bright for nano, bio and green technology

istock_000000507774small.jpg2007 promises to be a big year for nano, bio and green technology. Experts from Small Times and blog~nano weigh in on what’s in store, including higher funding of solar, fuel cells and hydrogen storage technologies and greater vigilance over environmetal, health and safety concerns.