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AsianScientist (Apr. 28, 2020) – While farmers have always been subject to the vagaries of soil and seasons, they now face unprecedented challenges that threaten to radically alter the ancient art of agriculture. Food now flows into a supply chain network spanning the globe, with hidden dependencies and a tendency toward wild fluctuations in demand …

Dow (INDU) futures fell more than 900 points earlier in the morning, hitting a 5% decline that triggered a maximum allowable limit, or “limit down.” That halted futures from falling further. They were last down around 760 points, or 4%. S&P 500 (SPX) and Nasdaq (COMP) futures also fell around 5%, and were last down …

The latest: Health officials in the United States warned Tuesday that the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country appears inevitable. Coronavirus is moving closer to becoming a pandemic. Problems with a U.S. government-created coronavirus test have limited the country’s capacity to rapidly increase testing, just as the outbreak has entered a worrisome new …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A jaguar pictured at a zoo in Guyana New measures to protect the jaguar have been agreed at a wildlife summit held in India. Six countries put forward plans to strengthen protection for the spotted big cat as it roams across the borders of different countries. The species has …

AsianScientist (Feb. 17, 2020) – Researchers in South Korea have revealed how mussels adhere so strongly even to wet surfaces. Their findings, which have implications for the development of waterproof glues and fouling-resistant surfaces, were published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. Nature is remarkably innovative in terms of producing materials with unique …

Futures for Brent crude, the global benchmark, gained 2.4% to reach $70.24 per barrel — the first time prices have hit that amount in more than six months. US oil futures advanced 2.1% to reach $64.36 per barrel. Oil prices rose more than 3% on Friday after Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian commander, was killed …

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) advanced 1.2% as trading resumed following the Christmas holiday. The Shanghai Composite (SHCOMP) rose 0.5%. South Korea’s Kospi (KOSPI) gained 0.2%, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 (N225) was flat in early trading. China’s industrial profits rose 5.4% in November from a year earlier, reversing a 9.9% plunge in October, government …

Japan’s Nikkei 225 (N225) advanced as much as 1% in early trading. It was last up 0.7%, still leading gains in the region. Investors are also looking ahead to details of a $120 billion stimulus package in Japan that could come out as soon as Thursday. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSI) gained 0.3%. China’s Shanghai …

Markets in Asia were following last Friday’s Wall Street gains, as investors appear confident the so-called “phase one” US-China trade agreement is going to happen. The US Trade Representative’s office said on Friday that the two sides could be close to finalizing parts of a trade deal. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) rose 1.2% …

The report, developed by FHA-HoReCa, Asia’s most comprehensive industry event hospitality and foodservice supplies, investigated the factors driving industry growth, and the increasing need for automation or technology upgrades. Attributing the growth to “expansion of distribution channels, manufacturing facilities, and product innovations in terms of flavours and product types in various countries”, Aileen Supriyadi, Research …