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Maywa Montenegro

Maywa Montenegro

UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis
With a background in molecular biology and science journalism, my work combines political ecology, geography, and STS in studies of the knowledge politics underpinning access to crop genetic resources. This research complements my broader interests in decolonizing trajectories in food systems, including commons, agroecology and food sovereignty. My current focus is on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technologies in agriculture and food systems.

How a new biotech rule will foster distrust with the public and impede progress in science

Jun 03, 2020 15:06 pm UTC| Law

In May, federal regulators finalized a new biotechnology policy that will bring sweeping changes to the U.S. food system. Dubbed SECURE, the rule revises U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations over genetically...

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Economy

S. Korea's 5 conglomerates to invest 43 trillion won in hydrogen economy by 2030

South Koreas five major conglomerates SK, Hyundai Motor, POSCO, Hanwha, and Hyosung will invest 43 trillion won in building hydrogen infrastructures, such as production and storage, by 2030. SK Group will invest 18.5...

India lures Tesla to manufacturing deal cheaper than in China

India is ready to provide incentives that would bring Tesla Inc production costs lesser than in China, according to transport minister Nitin Gadkari. According to Gadkari, its a win-win situation for Tesla considering...

Delhi suspends subsidy on Tata Nexon EV on range issue

Delhi suspended the subsidy on the Tata Motors Nexon EV due to multiple complaints about sub-standard range performance. The transport department is awaiting a final committee report to determine how to proceed with the...

S. Korea's online food delivery industry grows 78.6% in 2020

The value of South Koreas online food delivery service market jumped 78.6 percent to 17.4 trillion won last year from 2019 amid the coronavirus pandemic. It grew 6.4 times the 2.7 trillion won recorded in 2017 when the...

US beef exports expected to rise due to demands from China, Hong Kong, and Mexico

US beef exports are expected to increase in 2021 and post their second-highest level after the 2018 figures with soaring demand from China and Hong Kong and recovery of exports to Mexico. The US exported 2,566.7 million...

Politics

Kamala Harris humiliated: Devin Nunes touts conspiracy theory of VP running in 2024 unopposed by Democratic colleagues

When Vice President Kamala Harris was first named as Joe Bidens running mate, she was widely speculated to run for the presidency in 2024 should Biden not seek a second term. California Congressman Devin Nunes recently...

Joe Biden talks immigration and pandemic with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

President Joe Biden has reversed a lot of decisions and agendas by his predecessor Donald Trump. In this weeks meeting with the Mexican President, Biden discussed his administrations approach to immigration while also...

Joe Biden foreign policy: Administration to consider carbon border tax as response to China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims

President Joe Biden previously pledged to hold China accountable on issues such as the repression of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and trade practices. The administration announced this week that it plans to consider taking...

Donald Trump outrage: Ex-POTUS blasts China over jobs created by US companies during CPAC

During his term, now-former President Donald Trump put forth his America First policy, also straining the US relations with China. In his first public appearance in this years CPAC, Trump aired his grievances towards China...

Science

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Pigs can play video games, scientists discover

Pigs might not be able to fly, but they can play video games. In a new study, researchers from Purdue University in Indiana, US have shown that pigs can use a digital screen and joystick, operated by their snout, to move a...

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

A century ago, an upstart German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein turned the scientific world on its head with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, which proved light to be both a particle and a wave. Awarded...

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy. The head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis...

In the rush for coronavirus information, unreviewed scientific papers are being publicized

COVID-19 has not only upended our personal lives, it has dramatically changed scientific research. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, scientists around the world have had to find new ways to collaborate and...

Technology

‘Elden Ring’ internal videos leak on social media

The Elden Ring updates drought might be ending imminently. Over the last 24 hours, several off-screen videos allegedly showing an unreleased trailer of the game have been circulating online. Elden Ring leaks: What fans...

YouTube Shorts beta launches in the US and other regions

Googles highly anticipated TikTok counterpart, called YouTube Shorts, is now available to more users. The in-app feature has reportedly started to roll out in the beta stage for YouTube viewers in more regions. YouTube...

OnePlus may have already confirmed a Hasselblad-made camera for the OnePlus 9 series

OnePlus has something to announce next week and the first official teasers appear to confirm a previous leak. The OnePlus 9 series could feature the companys partnership with famous camera brand Hasselblad. OnePlus 9...

Oppo Find X3 full lineup specs and design appear in new leak

Oppo has become one of the most recognized smartphone brands in the world, and it is launching another flagship next week. Luckily, a reliable source has already leaked the full specs of the three-device Oppo Find X3...

E3 2021 live events ‘canceled’ per official LA documents

Official documents from Los Angeles officials indicate that the once-rumored Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) live events this year have been canceled. However, the same source offers some hope that the video game...
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