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My house, my car: According to trend researcher bio products have become a status symbol. Photo: ADD/pixabay.com

My house, my car: According to trend researcher bio products have become a status symbol. Photo: ADD/pixabay.com

Does bio have a future as before or is the dream of organic agriculture taking a nosedive? A study conducted by trend researchers of the Swiss Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) for the Autrian organic brand “Ja!Natürlich” has uncovered some astounding conclusions. According to the survey the future of bioproducts is linked to the lifestyle attitude of consumers, which implies: “Watch… Read more

The LifeTrac is constructed according to open source plans. Photo: Tom Griffing/CC

The LifeTrac is constructed according to open source plans. Photo: Tom Griffing/CC

Buying a new tractor is costly and has to be well considered. So, why not  build it yourself? The American with Polish ancestry Marcin Jakubowski has made it his business to provide plans for all types of machinery in the Internet free of charge. Jakubowski is actually a nuclear physicist, but he gave his profession up in order to dedicate… Read more

Hail or no hail? A new app for early hail warnings provides time for hail-proofing the house. Photo: digitalStrom

Hail or no hail? A new app for early hail warnings provides time for hail-proofing the house. Photo: digitalStrom

Damage caused by hail is not only a nuisance for home and car owners. Hail is one of the prime foes of agriculture. The company digitalStrom, specialized in cross linking all electrical devices and appliances in homes, and the MeteoGroup have developed a “Smart home hail warning service”, which according to joint press release “should prevent damage by hail to… Read more

International Green Week in Berlin: Poland is an important trade partner for Germany. Photo: emotionpic.der

International Green Week in Berlin: Poland is an important trade partner for Germany. Photo: emotionpic.der

The German Federal Minsister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt (CDU) emphasized the good neighbourly relations between Germany and Poland during his visit to our eastern neighbour. Schmidt stayed in Warsaw for talks with his Polish counterpart Marek Sawicki. On the agenda were questions dealing with EU agricultural policies and the bilateral cooperation of the two countries. Minister Schmidt voiced before commencing… Read more

Project manager Hermann Katz in the lab. Photo: Joanneum Research/Ramspacher

Project manager Hermann Katz in the lab. Photo: Joanneum Research/Ramspacher

Isotope methods are a relative new option to determine the geographic origin by analysing traces, like chemical residue. This method is used in forensic medicine to establish the origin of unknown bodies. The Austrian research institute “Joanneum Research“, which also provides forensic reports, like in the Austrian crime case dealing with the assassin Franz Fuchs, has now devised a method… Read more

Photo: cuvewaters

Photo: cuvewaters

Many countries in arid regions, like for example in Africa, have to battle with water shortages. The valuable resource, which is taken for granted in central Europe, is missing at all odds and ends – not enough for drinking or keeping the animals or for watering the plants to secure subsistence. Scientists have now calculated the possibility of saving the… Read more