Scientists have found one of the craziest exoplanets yet. It’s a huge gas giant not unlike our Solar System’s own Jupiter, but it travels around its star in just 1.5 days, with a surface hotter than most stars.
The planet orbits a blazing star called KELT-9, which is some 650 light-years away. It’s the first time astronomers have detected a planet near a star this hot, and it’s different from anything they’ve seen before.
For one, KELT-9b is crazy hot, as its surface reaches around 4,600 Kelvin on the day side. For comparison, the surface of our Sun is around 5,800 Kelvin, and even its closest planet Mercury only reaches a measly 700 Kelvin on the surface
Springsure graziers lead the way in best management practice accreditation
News release | 30-Jun-2017
Adele and Dave O’Connor are the first graziers in Queensland to have their Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) accreditation renewed.
DAF extension officer Matt Brown welcomed the accreditation and congratulated the O’Connor’s on their achievement.
“Adele and David first got involved in the BMP program in 2010 and were part of a group of ten producers who trialled the original modules,” said Matt.
“We are absolutely delighted to see them grow from strength to strength and come back for a second audit to gain a renewed accreditation. This shows the benefits of BMP accreditation to graziers, with the O’Connor’s leading the way and now gaining access to new markets” he said.
Adele O’Connor’s family have held the property ‘Mountain View’ near Springsure for over 100 years. The 6474 hectares property is used as a breeding and fattening operation and is currently stocked with 600 head of cattle, which includes 300 breeders.
“The BMP modules cover a wide range of topics and over the years we have found them to be really useful. So we had no hesitation in going back this year to complete our second accreditation process, which is required every three years,” said Adele.
“Not only have we learnt more about our land and how to plan grazing management, but we have been able to collect the evidence required for animal welfare and grazing land management practices that are required for organic certification and we now have a doorway into this market.”
Being accredited as organic producers has allowed the family to supply the premium organic market with beef, as well as supplying local buyers with organic lamb.
When our nation was founded 241 years ago, farming was the economy’s primary driver. By 1870, nearly half of the employed population held jobs in agriculture. Today, it’s a $3 trillion industry – but only 2% of Americans hold a farm-oriented job.
This is, in many ways, thanks to technology. Tractors and other automation advances in the 20th century let large farms shift management to only a handful of people. But this, paradoxically, has also slowed things down in the 21st. With only a few people working every farm, there’s not a lot of time – or incentive – to innovate
Brussels, 29 June 2017 – European Seed Association welcomes restriction as bringing legal certainty and supporting breeders access to genetic diversity
In November 2016, the European Commission officially clarified that the intention of the EU’s Directive on biotech patents of 1998 had actually always been not to allow patents on products obtained by essentially biological processes such as crossing and selection. Now, the European Patent Office (EPO) followed the EU’s approach and adopted a new rule that formally excludes plants obtained by such processes from patentability under the European Patent Convention*.
ESA European Seed Association, the representative organisation of the European plant breeding and seed sector, welcomes and very much appreciates this decision. Patents should now henceforth only be granted on biotechnological processes and plant products that are not essentially biological
Earlier this year, two India-based agri-technology (AgTech) start-ups hit the headlines for raising millions in funding from private equity firms. AgroStar, which provides agricultural inputs directly to farmers, raised $10 million, and RML AgTech, which offers smart farming solutions, raised $4 million
Thrilled that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted OneWeb approval for US market access to launch our network of internet-beaming satellites into orbit.
Image by OneWeb Ltd
The FCC commissioners voted unanimously in our favour, making OneWeb the first satellite constellation of its kind to receive approval from the full commission.
We all need internet access, but half the world has no way to connect. OneWeb’s vision is to make affordable access available for everyone, by launching a constellation of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites.