The Love Life of Plant

BY BILL GATES ON OCTOBER 22, 2014

Of all the things I did when I visited Cornell University recently, I probably had the most fun brushing up on how plants have sex.

Cornell is one of the world’s top universities for research on improving crops. Their work involves a lot of plant breeding. During one meeting, I got to try my hand at cross-pollinating wheat, which is a surprisingly delicate procedure. It gave me even more respect for the people who do it every day.

Cornell’s work on crop improvement also involves a lot of cutting-edge genetics. You might see the words “crop improvement” and “genetics” in the same sentence and think I’m talking about GMOs. Although Melinda and I do support research in that area—we don’t think poor farmers should be denied the choice to use any tools that might benefit them—the work I saw at Cornell is different. It’s focused on how the science of genetics can improve agriculture in other ways. And the advances are really exciting

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I got interested in crop breeding through my work with the Gates Foundation. Because most of the world’s poor people are farmers, helping farmers grow more food is one of the most powerful levers we have for fighting poverty. The faster we can improve crops—making them more nutritious or drought-tolerant, for instance—the faster we can help farmers become more productive.

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Massive Market Divergence

This is one of the most concerning data points for today’s stock markets: decreasing volume. This is happening even while markets are levitated by Federal Reserve stimulus and negative interest rates. By Dan Rubock

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This is Maloney’s thoughts: “This is not a healthy market. This means that less and less of the real investors are in there, and more and more of this is black box trading. The problem with that is that when the markets change every black box is going to be selling at once, so what is being set up here is probably the biggest market crash in history.”
He then goes on to show the same divergence in broader market measurements via the S&P 500 and finally the Wilshire 5000:

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Watch the accompanying video for all the details, Maloney holds no punches as to the levity of what he sees coming…

..Once that breaks, we’re going to see pretty much a different world I think.”

Dow Sell Off – Massive Market Divergence In 3 Charts  by Mike Maloney  

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