Scientists have discovered the hottest planet in the universe

The surface of KELT-9B reaches a temperature around 4,600 Kelvin while our Sun’s surface reaches 5,800 Kelvin.

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

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.

9 Dangerous Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure That You Shouldn’t Ignore | DailyNews

Most people know about the health issues that high blood pressure can cause. However, people are not aware of the serious signs. Slightly raised blood pressure is sometimes not noticed.

These are the signs of extremely high blood pressure:

• Poor circulation
• Headache
• Lightheadedness or dizzy spells
• Difficulty breathing
• Pounding in the ears and neck
• Numbing sensation
• Nosebleed
• Impaired vision
• Blood in urine

The 25 Most Innovative Ag-Tech Startups

Photo courtesy of BrightFarms.

By Maggie McGrath and Chloe Sorvino

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

European Patent Office follows EU wishes and limits patents on plants | European Seed Association

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

Can agri-based start-ups transform the rural economy? – Livemint

India suffers from low farm productivity due to a host of factors, not in the least, the lack of access to technology. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

India suffers from low farm productivity due to a host of factors, not in the least, the lack of access to technology. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint


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

One step closer to launching OneWeb | Virgin

One step closer to launching OneWeb

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.

Ep. 113 – Restoring Ecosystems Across the Globe — In Defense of Plants

Ep. 113 – Restoring Ecosystems Across the Globe

June 18, 2017

Ep. 113 – Restoring Ecosystems Across the Globe

In Defense of Plants



Restoration ecology is a topic near and dear to my heart. The idea of nursing the land back to health is something we all must rally behind. Plants are at the center of this practice and our guest today has devoted his career to understanding both plant diversity and how to restore their populations following human disturbance. Joining us from western Australia is Dr. Kingsley Dixon. Restoration is quite challenging in this harsh landscape but the lessons Dr. Dixon has learned over the years is being used to improve restoration projects around the globe. This is one episode you do not want to miss! This episode was produced in part by Mark, Allen, Desiree, Sienna & Garth, Laura, Margie, Troy, Sara, Jennifer, Christopher, Manuel, Daniel, John, Rosanna, Mary Jane, and Caitlin

The “Busyness” Curse

The “Busyness” Curse

Busyness – the curse of the inability to achieve success, because you are tripping over your fried brain.

I have never seen so many busy CEO’s. I have also never seen so many unproductive CEO’s, and you ask them ‘how are you going?’…’Oh its tough, but we are busy’ is the reply often given.

Tough, but busy eh? Interesting comment.

The next question is how many unopened emails do you have in your inbox?

‘Which inbox are you referring to? Outlook, Gmail, Slack or WhatsApp?’


I would be interested to hear what other people think, so please comment and share.

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Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Launches Multi-Million-Dollar International Effort to Accelerate Development of Crops of the Future – Foundation for Food and Agriculture ResearchFoundation for Food and Agriculture Research

Eight Partners will Pool Resources to Bolster Crop Breeding Toolbox

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, today joined with Bayer, Biogemma, KWS, FAPESP, Precision PlantSciences, Rijk Zwaan and CIMMYT to launch the Crops of the Future Collaborative, a new consortium that will accelerate crop breeding to meet global food demand 20-50 years in the future. FFAR’s initial $10 million commitment is expected to leverage significant additional investment from partners.

With the world population projected to reach 9.8 billion people by 2050, the Crops of the Future Collaborative will accelerate crop breeding through an innovative public-private model that pools proprietary knowledge, financial resources, and technology to carry out crop-specific research initially focusing on maize, leafy greens and wheat and small grains. The consortium will hone in on how a crop’s genetic information can yield traits needed to meet global nutritional demands in a changing environment. Participants will see their investments multiplied by a “one-to-many” matching model

Changing Rainfall Patterns and its Effect on Agriculture – SourceTrace Systems


Why and how are rainfall patterns changing?

As a result of global warming, the world’s climate is changing and its effect is being felt the world over. And one of the most important parameters of climate is rainfall. Just as there is a direct relationship between climate and agriculture, so is there one between rainfall and agriculture. So when rainfall patterns change, its effect is directly felt on cropping patterns worldwide. Again, as a result of depletion of the ozone layer, there will be more heat trapping gases in the atmosphere, which, according to climate models, will shift rainfall/precipitation patterns in two major ways. The first shift is in strengthening the current patterns, which means the wet regions would get wetter and dry regions would get drier. This is because warmer air as a result global warming traps more water vapour, and scientists predict that this additional water will fall in the already wet parts of the earth. The second shift is due to changes in atmospheric circulation, because of which storm tracks [the narrow zones in seas and oceans along which storms travel, driven by prevailing winds] would move away from the equator and towards the poles.

Giving Foreign Aid Helps America’s Economy | Bill Gates

Giving Foreign Aid Helps America’s Economy

I’m a big fan of America’s investments in the health and well-being of the world’s poor. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way. In fact, some in Washington D.C. have proposed dramatic cuts in foreign assistance.

That would be a terrible mistake. Last month I wrote about how foreign aid helps keep Americans safe. In this post, I want to show how smart health and development programs promote America’s economy, and how cutting back on these investments could backfire on American workers.

(As I said in my previous post, these security and economic arguments aren’t what inspired Melinda and me to get involved in global health. What inspired us was the chance to save children from dying of preventable diseases. But over the years I’ve come to see the connection to America’s security and economy as well.)