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Issue 6 • Date June 2013

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • A Culinary Quest in Malaysia [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Africa's Food Solution [Spectral Lines]

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  • The Bitcoin Arms Race is on!

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  • A Glimmer of Light From Silicon

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  • Swiss warehouse helps buffer the grid

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  • The Bicycle Barometer [Resources]

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  • A degree in big data

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  • Profile: Innovega

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  • The Jargon of Junk Food

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  • The age of plenty [Issue intro.]

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    Summary form only given, as follows. We think of things like nuclear submarines and luxury cars as emblems of technological sophistication. But turn your attention now to an ordinary local supermarket in any developed country. It probably stocks 15,000 to 50,000 different products, including items like organic red quinoa and Tahitian vanilla beans. In the produce section are about 100 different ki... View full abstract»

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  • Why The Pessimists Are Wrong

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    "Despite the Global Food Crisis of 2007-8, the coming famine hasn't happened yet. It is a looming planetary emergency...it is arriving even faster than climate change." That's the vision of famine that awaits us, says Australian science writer Julian Cribb. And he's far from alone. "The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity," says the environmentalist Lester Brown... View full abstract»

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  • Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Big Ag

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    It's companies you never heard of and names you see in your house every day. There are somewhere between 50 million and 100 million farms in the world (if you exclude those smaller than about three American football fields). But about half the crops produced by those farms rely on the seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides supplied by a mere dozen or so companies. Most of those crops are bought, trade... View full abstract»

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  • Farming By The Numbers

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    Precision agriculture brings computing's accuracy to the ancient art of cultivation. A new tech-driven trend-some even say revolution-in agriculture is beginning to take hold in Iowa and in many parts of the world. Known as precision agriculture, the practice promises to reconcile mass food production with responsible land stewardship. View full abstract»

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  • I Spy Thy Rye

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    In 1971 and 1972, wheat crops in the Soviet Union suffered massive shortfalls. The U.S. government, which had no idea of the scope of the problem, blithely negotiated a three-year deal that allowed the Kremlin to buy U.S. grain on credit. The Soviets spent their entire credit limit (and more) right away, and global grain prices skyrocketed. Just weeks after this grain deal was announced, the Earth... View full abstract»

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  • An Industrial Revolution In Genetics

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    The stalks of Foxtail Millet were bent under Guangdong province's hot summer sun. The plants were heavy with seed, giving them impressively bushy "tails" that would have done any fox proud. View full abstract»

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  • Why africa can feed itself- and help feed the world too

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    If you haven't been tracking developments in African agriculture lately -and unless you're an economist or working for a nongovernmental organization or something, why would you? - then you may have missed the big news: For the first time in a half century, farming in Africa, particularly in the sub-Sahara, is booming. View full abstract»

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  • The Indoor Farm

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    The Old Hamm's Brewery looms over the gritty East Side of St. Paul, Minn., a redbrick citadel of suds that rolled out its last barrel in 1997 and then became a 3-hectare site for urban explorers to shoot trophy pictures and for graffiti artists to showcase their mad skillz. But beyond the busted windows and spray-painted tags, business partners Chris Ames, Fred Haberman, and David and Kristen Haid... View full abstract»

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  • Muscling Out Meat

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    In one typical minute on this earth, people kill at least 109 339 chickens, 2630 pigs, 922 sheep, 781 goats, and 557 cows, plus a very large number of ducks, horses, turkeys, and rabbits, as well as three camels. And one singularly unfortunate mule. Add it all up and every week well over a billion animals are slaughtered for food, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Na... View full abstract»

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  • Tracking Every Tomato

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    Death by spinach: They're not words you'd expect to read in an obituary. Yet in 2006, five Americans died and more than 200 others fell ill from eating the salad greens, which were contaminated with a virulent strain of E. coli bacteria. View full abstract»

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  • Tasty Morxels

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    Have you seen a vending machine lately? Most are still pretty basic: Put in some cash and out comes a can or package. But the most advanced models have computer processors and touch-screen displays that let you customize your order to a remarkable degree. Touch-screen drink machines, for example, use a set of flavor cartridges to create more than a hundred soft drink combinations, be it Raspberry ... View full abstract»

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  • Big fridge is watching you [smart technologies monitoring food from production to consuption]

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    Alongside flying cars and jet packs, the high-tech kitchen of tomorrow has been a staple of futuristic articles and exhibitions for more than a century. Designs have revolved around the themes of automation and some degree of machine intelligence but have generally failed to make any impact on our domestic lives. Now the rising tide of network and wireless technologies is finally turning the smart... View full abstract»

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