(CNN) — Water scarcity in the UAE is second only to Kuwait in the Middle East, so when it comes to farming, a smart approach is required. Now high-tech, low-water agriculture is set for a new superlative with the announcement of the world's largest vertical farm in Dubai -- and the produce could soon be coming to a flight near you. The 130,000-square foot, $40 million facility will begin construction in November, and is a joint venture between agri-tech firm Crop One Holdings and Emirates Flight Catering, suppliers of approximately 225,000 meals every day from its base at Dubai International Airport. Emirates and Crop One say the facility will use 99% less water than outdoor fields, and once completed, aims to harvest 6,000 pounds of leafy greens daily, which will find their way into both in-flight meals and airport lounges from December next year. It's estimated the UAE imports as much as 85% of its food needs and only a small percentage of land is considered arable. … [Read more...] about Dubai to get ‘world’s largest vertical farm’
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If Star Wars inspired holograms, and Back to the Future the hover board, has The Jetsons inspired the flying car? Whatever it was that captured human imagination, autonomous flying vehicles are not far off from becoming a reality in New Zealand, according to a Kiwi technology enthusiast. Tarver Graham, chief executive of digital innovations agency Gladeye, told The AM Show on Tuesday autonomous flying cars are "very close" to being deployed in Aotearoa. Auckland robot whiz kids shine on world stage Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian in Arizona Academics hit out at South Korean university over killer robot fears "They're prototyped and being tested. There's a company run by Google's founder that's testing them in the South Island," he said. Mr Graham was referring to a pilot-less flying taxi project in the South Island spearheaded by Google co-founder Larry Page. In March, it was reported that New Zealand regulators approved plans for Zephyr Airworks, a … [Read more...] about Autonomous flying cars ‘very close’ for New Zealand
0 Have your say We asked what is the biggest challenge between us and our fintech goals. These are the voices from across the industry. Louise Smith, head of design, personal and business banking, Royal Bank of Scotland, and a fintech envoy for ScotlandThere are a number of challenges we need to overcome to enable Scotland to become a global top five fintech hub. This is my “big five” to make the top five:Persistent and targeted investment (partners and public funding)Attract and importantly retain talent across the broad spectrum of digital roles i.e. much greater fluidity between design and creative industries as well as data engineers, data scientists and digital engineers. There is a good platform to build from across a number of cities now but we need to ensure we continue to connect it with a clear and consistent engagement planContinued partnering with tech and fintechs in Scotland and ensure we talk about successes. FreeAgent is a good example and there … [Read more...] about How can Scotland become a global fintech hub within five years?
When ChronicleLive launched the Invest in the North East campaign to applaud and encourage investment, we knew they would see it as a rallying call and would be ready to collaborate for the good of the region. Here, our leading businesses give ANGELA UPEX their views of how the region is faring and tell her what they are doing to create more jobs and opportunities. NEWCASTLE COLLEGE Collaboration is key to making the North East a great place to live and do business Based in the heart of Newcastle with specialist academies in North Tyneside, Gateshead and at Newcastle Airport, Newcastle College is one of the region’s key employers. The College’s provision is vast and diverse, with individuals of all ages studying at entry level to Masters degree in subjects from accountancy and computing, to hospitality and specialist engineering disciplines. It’s the College’s aim to unlock the potential of each and every single individual, creating opportunities for employment … [Read more...] about Businesses are leading the way in helping the North East region to thrive and succeed
Forget Three Billboards, this week it feels like 300 billboards have been plastered over London with the serene face of an Arab prince looking down on us. “He is opening Saudi Arabia to the world” the slogan goes. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for the robed man is he, is not one for subtle gestures. Since being elevated to the status of Crown Prince last year, he has embarked upon a liberalisation campaign never before seen in his dictatorial kingdom. Women will be allowed to drive from June this year. Religious police are disappearing from the streets. Live music is tolerated and cinemas will open next year. American rapper Nelly even had a gig there recently. Such tiny freedoms to be referred to as “breakthroughs” seems absurd to Westerners. But to Saudis, they are little short of revolutionary. That is the narrative that “MBS” as he’s known, is here in London to promote. For three days this week, backed by a formidable public relations … [Read more...] about Prince of disruption: who is the liberalising revolutionary Mohammed bin Salman?