Biotech may come to the rescue when it comes to meeting future demand for corn needed for both food and ethanol. According to a study released by the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy, U.S. farmers gained an additional 8.3 billion pounds of yield in 2005 due to biotech crops, including an extra 7.6 billion pounds of corn. This represents a 29 percent increase over 2004's harvest. The report notes that plant biotechnology boosted corn production by 39 billion pounds since it was introduced in the late 90s. That represents 1.9 billion gallons of ethanol.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
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Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
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