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The president's FY2017 budget will invest $700 million in USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).
The world population may increase through 2100, and a new projection points to Sub-Saharan Africa as a primary engine for sustained global growth.

A new interactive, multimedia-enhanced iPad application from the journal Science features award-winning journalism and peer-reviewed research on global population growth and its impacts on education, health, quality of life, economics, and natural resources.

A new study reports an inventory of the world’s technological capacity to store, communicate and compute information over the last two decades.

First, a refresher: A bit is the smallest unit of information, and a megabyte equals 8 million bits.

Now, the results: In 2007, humankind was able to store 295 trillion optimally compressed megabytes, to communicate almost 2 quadrillion megabytes, and to carry out 6.4 trillion MIPS (million instructions per second) on general-purpose computers.