The Kochi demolitions have brought to the fore controlled implosion, a method that has been used to raze buildings in the West for decades but is still relatively uncommon in India, thanks to lack of expertise and the availability of cheap labour for alternative methods.
The first palatable AI-led works will likely happen in genres of music and movies which are formulaic, like electronica and pop, and rom-coms and superhero flicks. And that might just open the sluice gates to a new era of man-machine collaborative creativity.
The burger patties of Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, which use proteins from pea, mung bean, soy and potato, and which are said to approximate the taste of meat, are sold in US supermarkets and are served at the likes of Subway and Burger King. Tyson Foods and Nestlé are among the large companies that have joined Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods with their own offerings.
A Chinese scientist, He Jiankui, claimed last year that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies using Crispr, to make them resistant to HIV, although that could make them more vulnerable to other diseases. He invited condemnation from around the world and exposed the dangers of unregulated gene editing.
Integral to this future are batteries that cost a lot less than today and can last longer. This is because unlike conventional energy, which can be generated through the day, solar and wind power are intermittent and the latter cannot meet peak energy demand in the evening without storage.
It’s not enough for countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change. They have to pursue ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company founded in 2009, is building a machine in the US that can capture 1 million tonnes of carbon every year, which can then be stored underground or used in oil recovery.
By 2030, 700 million people could be displaced because of intense water shortage, according to the UN.
Quantum Leap: As the problem of plastic waste worsens, environment-friendly packaging technologies will gain traction
The other big task is finding sustainable alternatives to singleuse, multi-layer packaging used for chips, biscuits, etc, which is among the hardest to recycle. Tipa, headquartered in Hod Hasharon, Israel, has developed fully compostable flexible packaging for food and fashion.
India used to be the world leader in the industry before competition from Bangladesh became too hot to handle.
The pushback over delays in GST transfers by the Centre is the latest instance of states’ growing assertion on the fiscal front
Several states are now claiming that the Centre has not compensated them for loss of revenue from GST.
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