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Data : The potato is the fifth and most important food crop in the world after rice, wheat, corn, sugar cane  in terms of human consumption. More than a billion people worldwide eat potato, and global total crop production exceeds 300 million metric tons.

Unfortunately the potato industry may be losing a mainstay in the battle against psyllids, according to a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.

A group of Lincoln University researchers in New Zealand have seen promising results from a trial of using mesh cover to protect potato crops from insect pests.

Future Farming Centre head Dr Charles Merfield said the mesh was “incredibly effective. It kept 99 per cent of the psyllids out from under the mesh despite an infested plot of potatoes being just a couple of metres away, ” Charles Merfield, head of Future Farming Centre said. Merfield said if they had dug the mesh cover in there would have been no psyllids at all and it would have offered 100 per cent control. Fine mesh had the potential to control all potato insect pests and blight and increase yield, Merfield said.

WatchITgrow is a new geo-information platform developed for the potato sector in Belgium with the purpose to better estimate and increase the potato yield in a sustainable way.
With this web tool the Belgian potato growers and the potato traders and processors can quickly and in a user-friendly way access data and information on the growth of different potato varieties.
WatchITgrow is the first platform to combine several types of data. Through the combination of satellite and drone images, weather and soil data and yield prediction models, the potato sector can consult, via watchITgrow, in a quick and efficient way the correct information on one of multiple potato fields.

With these additional insights users can:

Access more and more accurate information on the state of the crop;
Better monitor the potato crop in function of growth, health status and development;
Map spacial variability within the field;
Guarantee and increase the yield;
Estimate the harvest date and yields during the season;
Reduce production and quality losses
Not only external data but also proprietary data from the potato industry (such as results from yield and quality assessments) can be centralised in this geo-information platform. This allows the users to check in an easy way for example which part of the production area gives the best yields or where a certain potato variety performs better or worse and what the possible causes may be.

The data and knowledge of the potato sector enabled the researchers to fine-tune and gradually improve the monitoring system. Thanks to the additional field data, the application will keep improving and become more accurate season after season.
This innovative instrument can form the basis of further applications within the field of precision agriculture, for example disease prevention and fertilization, but also the possibility to link to the field registration system of Vegaplan.

Crucial is the fact that the potato grower – potentially in agreement with his customers – remains himself the owner of his data.

Access to WatchITgrow is restricted. Belgian companies can access the geo-information platform at http://www.watchitgrow.be

If data information can use to benefit for human health, how big is the Data business to gain economic power from data informations which affects many sectors?
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We know more than enough now to understand that the ocean is being pushed to the limit and that it is approaching critical condition. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. They help remove the weak and the sick as well as keeping the balance with competitors helping to ensure species diversity. 980xLIf sharks became extinct, there would be ecological repercussions, such as small animal extinction, algae overgrowth and coral reef death. Sharks are a crucial part of the marine ecosystem and are necessary for the world’s oceans to operate. Using data on shark catches, discards and mortality rates worldwide, the researchers estimated that approximately 100 million sharks are killed per year by humans. However, they add that this is a conservative estimate, and the true number could be as high as 273 million sharks killed annually by humans. Sharks are endangered because of threats that are the result of human activities including shark finning and getting caught in fishing gear. These are apex predators (at the top of the food chain) and play an important role in the health of the oceans.
The ocean means different things to different people. To some it represents the daily meal and a reliable job, to others it offers recreation and inspiration – and all of us need the stable climate and oxygen it provides.The ocean feeds us, protects us, employs us, and ensures the existence of life on Earth. All this information leads to one conclusion: we are squandering a vital resource.

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What is the difference between a medical doctor and a medical practitioner?

Some state legislators see a need for clarity when it comes to health practitioners and the title “doctor.” (By Brittany L. Moser ) Ho‘oulu Staff

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In the United States, it is a question of education and licensure. A medical doctor is a graduate of an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school and is licensed as such by most states based on that education and other criteria.

Medical practitioner is a non-specific term that includes in addition to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and others with different educational backgrounds and licensed by the states to practice medicine, usually in a more limited or supervised fashion. (David Channin, Radiologist, Medical and Imaging Informatics)

So what’s the hardest part becoming “DOCTOR”? Firstly, it is a hard, ardous and long journey. Unless the desire to excel is strong, it is really tough to go through the ordeal of never-ending studies, tutorials and further studies. Secondly, the prolonged incubation period between entry into MBBS to becoming a full-fledged specialized doctor drains many. While your batch mates in other fields are planning retirement, a doctor after completing his studies and super specialization has just started making a name for himself/herself in the field.
The above two hardships are known and most people willingly embrace the two but the hardest part is the paradigm shift in the expectations from this profession. The harsh reality and the challenges the profession faces today is worth a thought.
The recent change in the attitude of the society is catastrophic. The doctor is perceived more as a ‘service provider’ rather than a dedicated professional. So, the medical practice has become more defensive. Physicians always worry about missing a threatening diagnosis, unintentionally spreading infection or committing a technical error. The fear stems from a profound anxiety of dealing with the many grey areas of medical practice – the realization that medical science is also an art rather than simple scientific formulas. The fear is also the result of self protective paranoia of being sued for malpractice, which haunts majority in this field at present.
However, there is the other side of the coin also. The life of a practising physician is incredibly rewarding. Making challenging diagnoses, helping patients deal with and overcome devastating illnesses and comforting families after a loss of a loved one – these are powerful emotional experiences. No other profession can provide such profound sense of fulfillment as this. By Dr Meenu Walia

DOCTOR: it is still the best profession  to be able to give back to society.

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“From one moment to the next, sea temperatures rose and winds that keep precipitation from reaching land subsided. We need more and better bridges, we need highways and cities with drainage systems, We can’t count on nature being predictable. The vast majority of people affected by the extreme weather are poor.” 

The U.S. weather agency has put the chances of an El Nino developing in the second half of 2017 at 50-55 percent.

Peru’s archaeological resources, like those all over the world, are under constant threat:  

The 1997-1998 El Niño was climatologically similar to many earlier occurrences, but for the first time, a major event was successfully predicted months in advance. The Peruvian government (among others) was able to initiate some mitigation efforts in advance of the floods, so the consequences of this El Niño were different from prior events. Some of these consequences involve Peru’s cultural patrimony. A majority of climate models had predicted a strong El Niño more than six months before the rains began in northern Peru, and the central government decided to act on this warning. The Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Integration, and International Commercial Negotiation (MITINCI) provided funds for the protection of north coast archaeological sites of tourist value. Huaca de la Luna and Chan Chan in the Moche valley, El Brujo in the Chicama valley, and Sipán and Túcume in the Lambayeque valley were among the north coast archaeological sites of tourist value eligible for MITINCI funding. In August 1997, Narváez presented a mitigation plan for Túcume to MITINCI and was awarded 140,000 soles (about $50,000) to clean and channel the gullies already cutting through the site, cover some excavated areas such as the Huaca Las Balsas and its mud friezes with clay-rich dirt, roof the large, open excavations on Huaca 1 and Huaca Larga, and improve the roof on the site museum, offices, and storage rooms.

Peru’s archaeological resources, like those all over the world, are under constant threat. The situation worsens during El Niño, which augments virtually every source of danger to the cultural patrimony: Increased erosion, enhanced wetting and drying cycles, temporary and permanent settlement expansion, greater poverty resulting in looting as an economic necessity for local people, new construction during rebuilding, and so on. Such destruction cannot be new. El Niño is not only a component in scenarios for cultural change, it also is a critical formation process for the local archaeological record. (Daniel H. Sandweiss is assistant professor of anthropology and quaternary studies at the University of Maryland)

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