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Brace for the Rise of Generation Z!

By Juvani Kika

Generation Z are now a marketable demographic. But, do you know how to appropriately engage with them?

RAF100 takes-flight with the launch of the centenary appeal

By Alfred Gilbert

London, October 26, 2017 – Last night, the Royal Air Force, along with a collection of key partners, successfully launched the RAF100 appeal

Why the modern RAF is perfect for generation Z

By Alfred Gilbert

Generation Z are under-valued, meaning their inherent skills are not being best utilized. The RAF sees their potential, however, & are changing to make best use of this.

Challenge Advisory & Sinclair Fox Investing In The Future

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Advisory are looking for new partners in digital technology and big data, in line with the fourth industrial revolution.

The Queensfery crossing: an engineering marvel

By Tatiana A. Dias

There may already be two large bridges connecting Lothian and Fife in Scotland, but now there is a third. And this one is the biggest yet! In fact, towering 689 feet above the River Forth, the Queensferry Crossing is the UK’s tallest bridge.

Top 5 all electric vehicles you should consider getting your hands on

By Vivek Varyani

Fossil fuels and it’s use has been one of the main causes for global warming. Carbon emissions due to the use of fossil fuels has been a cause for great concern among scientists and environmentalists alike.

Artificial Intelligence is on the rise

By Jordan Letchford

Artificial Intelligence is only seen in sci-fi films, right? Predictions of the future in films are hardly ever accurate. Just take a look at the prediction that we would have flying cars in 2015 made in ‘Back To The Future II’.

Nano-drills that destroy cancer cells are here.

By Tatiana A. Dias

Scientists have developed very small, light-activated nanomachines that can drill into targeted diseased cells and kill them within minutes.

Buying your groceries with cryptocurrency? New blockchain launched for agriculture businesses

By Alfred Gilbert

'FoodCoin’ has been developed to lower the costs and increase value paybacks from agricultural sales for small and large companies.

Fast radio bursts detected from distant galaxy

By Tatiana A. Dias

A group of researchers have detected 15 new, fast radio bursts, coming from a distant galaxy. They are arising from one mysterious, repeating source known as FRB 121102.

One Big America – Is it sustainable living?

By Sean Monaghan

The land of the free is renowned for living life bigger and better. But how would the planet look if everyone lived like an American?

Huge asteroid headed for close encounter with Earth

By Tatiana A. Dias

Florence, a huge near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on September 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles.

Burger King releases the WhopperCoin – A challenger to Bitcoin?

By Alfred Gilbert

Burger King have launched their own Russian cryptocurrency, aptly named the ‘WhopperCoin”.

Are robots stealing our dance moves?

By Tatiana A. Dias

On August 18, a group of dancing Dobi robots broke the Guinness World Record for most robots dancing simultaneously.

The Volcanoes Hiding beneath the Antarctic Ice

By Tatiana A. Dias

The plan is to engineer Yarrowia lipolytica to produce polyester, which is the material that makes uncomfortable clothing! But on a long trip to Mars, astronauts can feed this plastic into 3D printers, which will theoretically have the capacity to make instruments on request.

Financial take-off for microsatellite company

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Advisory have obtained £2 million in series A funding for a micro-satellite company.

Can we get humans to mars with pee and sweat

By Tatiana A. Dias

We do know that human excrement is very much real, right? What you may not know is that it could be integral to getting humans to Mars in the near future!

Forget Petrol, Fuel your car with Water.

By Vivek Varyani

Hyundai recently revealed a prototype for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will be launched in early 2018. The car is a modification of the earlier Tucson ix FCEV that also ran on fuel cells. This was released in 2013 in the UK.

A road surface from cigarette butts

By Alfred Gilbert

It is one of the most littered products year on year – the cigarette butt. Now, a novel and environmentally friendly use for this common waste product has been found.

SpaceX sends Ice Cream to Space!

By Vivek Varyani

Space X has been working for a while now on developing sustainable space shuttles. This means that parts of the space shuttle can be reused for future space missions.

The two new potentially habitable planets

By Vivek Varyani

Sick and tired of all the irritating people in the world? There’s some good news for you then. Scientists may have discovered 2 new habitable planets that are not too far from us.

Why have we never found alien life?

By Tatiana A. Dias

Could we have missed a civilisation in the past or is there a civilisation yet to come that we could communicate with? Many feel we should be asking, why have we not come across intelligent alien yet?

Holographic images are now a reality!

By Tatiana A. Dias

The concept of the hologram has been a sci-fi dream for decades. Indeed, hologram tables themselves have popped up here and there, however, never truly saw full development.

Smartphone separation anxiety is growing!

By Tatiana A. Dias

Not being able to check your phone for messages, reply on WhatsApp, Google anything, call anyone, check your calendar or locate your way to a meeting, has the potential to leave us feeling anxious.

Apple Watch 3 and everything you need to know before its release

By Vivek Varyani

A rumour is rife that the Apple Watch 3 will be released this Autumn. Although there is no fixed release date specified as of yet, we are expecting it to release in the first two weeks of September.

Robots 1 – Humans 0 : The rise of the robotic pundit

By Alfred Gilbert

You have likely read about the inevitable robotic takeover. Robots are coming for your job, and there is nothing you can do about it! But, for the more creative roles, there is still only room for a human brain. Right?

Will polystyrene make solar cells cheaper?

By Tatiana A. Dias

The ongoing Big Green Bang and the focus on renewable energy make this field of research unstoppable, with solar energy being a particularly hot topic.

Facebook is so last century for generation Z!

By Alfred Gilbert

In line with Facebook’s loss, image sharing platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram are going from strength to strength in this age demographic.

A selection of 17 movies on the Horizon for 2017

By Tatiana A. Dias

Thanks to streaming services, we have a treasure trove of movies close by whenever and wherever we want them… however, there is still nothing like the thrill of seeing a blockbuster on the big screen.

The Volcanoes hiding beneath the Antarctic ice

By Tatiana A. Dias

Hiding beneath the massive Antarctic Ice Sheet lies one of the densest clusters of volcanoes in the world.

Forget petrol and electricity, use water to fuel your car

By Vivek Varyani

Hyundai recently revealed a prototype for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will be launched in early 2018. The car is a modification of the earlier Tucson ix FCEV that also ran on fuel cells. This was released in 2013 in the UK.

A planet within ours

By Vivek Varyani

Although NASA are spending billions, on space exploration, there is a whole world right here on Earth that needs exploring. With mystical new marine species and underwater flora, our planet’s deep oceans truly are remarkable.



How to power the batteries of the future with tears?

By Tatiana A. Dias

In an effort to make the batteries that power wearables and medical gadgets less rigid and safer, researchers have created new, flexible batteries. Today, these new batteries are run on saltwater. Questions are now being asked, however, on why not use blood and tears?

Worldpay and Vantiv agree £9.3 billion takeover deal

By Alfred Gilbert

The UK’s biggest payment processing company, Worldpay, have agreed to a proposed £9.3 billion takeover bid by the US company Vantiv.

Drones – the 21st Century’s Cash Cow?

By Alfred Gilbert

Drones are an exciting and innovative tech that are gaining increasing amounts of traction in a variety of operational sectors. Will this interest lead them to be the next big payout for innovators and designers?

Monetizing the IoT is now a bigger concern for professionals than securing it

By Alfred Gilbert

Despite security being the most-publicized IoT news, it is investment returns that serve as the biggest challenge for professionals in the sector.

Why Blockchain is becoming an integral part of Defence technologies across the globe

By Karveh Cavalieri

Blockchain is set to revolutionise historical practices in relation to security and communications throughout the entire modern military.

STEM: Why is it important and how will it affect your future?

By Tatiana A. Dias

Elevating the awareness and understanding the importance of STEM research should be a priority in order to properly address the ongoing global issues.

UK Government to provide £100 million development fund to UK space sector

By Alfred Gilbert

In a press release this week, the UK government have confirmed a £100 million funding package for the continued development of the UK space sector, in relation to increasing global competition.

Rolls-Royce announces £150 million investment in UK aerospace sector

By Alfred Gilbert

Rolls-Royce have pledged to invest £150 million in new and existing civil aerospace facilities in the Derby.

UK government to provide £4.7 billion in funding to AI and Aerospace sectors

By Karveh Cavalieri

The government has announced plans for £4.7 billion in funding to be made available to help develop UK AI and aerospace sectors on the international market.

U.S Tech leader Bitfury to bring blockchain to the $60 billion insurance broking market

By Alfred Gilbert

U.S. firm The Bitfury Group have confirmed a strategic partnership to use the blockchain digital ledger in the $60 billion insurance broking market.

BOEING ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR FURTHER INVESTMENT IN THE UK

By Karveh Cavalieri

Boeing has recently announced further plans to invest in the UK Aerospace and Defence industry. How does this relate to the development of the sector more widely?

Brazilian Government announces upwards of $58 billion in funding for agricultural development

By Alfred Gilbert

The Brazilian Government has recently announced substantial funding will be made available as part of the 2017-2018 Agriculture and Livestock Plan.

How BlockChain can revolutionize the Aerospace and Defence Sector

By Karveh Cavalieri

Blockchain technology may well be the future of the Aerospace and Defence sector. But how can the technology actually relate?

US Air Force introduces ‘Aviation Bonus Program’ to tackle fighter pilot shortage

By Karveh Cavalieri

The USAF has been having to deal with falling numbers of fighter pilot entry and retention for a number of years. What is driving this?

2018 White House Budget Proposes Deep Cuts to Agriculture over the Next Decade

By Alfred Gilbert

Recently released White House budget for 2018 confirms large cuts to state funding throughout the Agricultural sector.

Government decree will modernize Brazilian ports and infrastructure

By Alfred Gilbert

The Brazilian President has recently signed off on new laws that are focused on stimulating economic investment in Brazilian ports. But what has this got to do with the country's agriculture?

What is Sustainable Intensification and why is it Important for Agriculture?

By Alfred Gilbert

To ensure supply meets demand, farmers need to engage with agricultural practices that promote efficiency, productivity and sustainability. But how does sustainable intensification relate to this?

Is Brazilian Infrastructure Limiting Growth in the Agricultural Sector?

By Alfred Gilbert

Agriculture is crucial for economic and social sustainability in Brazil. But is the future of the sector at risk due to under-developed physical and digital national infrastructure?

The Internet of Things and Living-Things: Why are they important to Agricultural Development?

By Alfred Gilbert

It is well known that the Internet of Things is drastically changing and improving modern agricultural practices. But less is known about the newer concept of the Internet of Living-Things.

What Is Holding Young People Back From Getting Into Farming?

By Alfred Gilbert

Fewer and fewer young people are pursuing a career in agriculture. But what is causing this lack of interest?

Arable Announces Pulsepod™ To Improve Agriculture Through Certainty

By Aubrey Longmore

Arable Labs Inc. have today introduced Pulsepod™, designed to improve agriculture through certainty

Verdesian Life Sciences Partners with Challenge Advisory to Promote Sustainable Agriculture

By Aubrey Longmore

Verdesian Life Sciences announced today that it has formed a partnership with Challenge Advisory.

Brazil’s $10 Billion Partnership | Brazilian-Russian Agricultural Trade Flow Agreement

By Alfred Gilbert

Brazilian and Russian representatives have recently agreed on an agricultural trade flow between the two countries worth up to $10 billion.

The $43 Billion Mega-Deal | ChemChina’s Merger with Swiss Giant Given Approval

By Alfred Gilbert

EU and US regulators have given their conditional approval to an agricultural mega-merger between Chinese and Swiss giants, ChemChina and Syngenta AG.

Engaging with a Digital World | Sustainable Mechanisation in Agriculture

By Alfred Gilbert

With increasing pressure on natural resources, and changing climatic conditions, agriculture needs to consider the benefits of sustainable mechanisation.

USDA-NIFA announces $150 million funding opportunity for Agricultural Projects and research

By Alfred Gilbert

USDA-NIFA last week announced a substantial amount of funding has been made available for agricultural projects and research.

Renewable Energy’s record breaking year spurs the World’s greening energy mix

By Alfred Gilbert

UN renewable energy report 2017 finds that record levels of clean energy capacity were added on a global scale during 2016.

Funding secured for Blockchain Security startup

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Advisory secure £2 million in funding for a cyber-security company.

Forget Fake News, Fake Data is Agriculture’s key concern: Digital security in contemporary farming

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenges facing the agricultural sector in relation to digital security and fake data

Groundwater management: steps towards a sustainable future

By Alfred Gilbert

Groundwater management: steps towards a sustainable future

Challenge Advisory, Monsanto, CEBDS and WBCSD working towards Agricultural Low Emission Solution

By Gabriela Burian

Stakeholders working towards Agricultural Low Emission Solution

Sustainable Intensification: Managing Partner Thanks The Entire Delegation

By Karveh Cavalieri

Managing Partner Thanks Entire Delegation at Sustainable Intensification 2016.

Big Data and Advanced Analytics Hold the Answers to a More Efficient and Sustainable Global Food Chain

By Dan Butler

Technological innovations centred on big data and advanced analytics could hold the answers to a more efficient and sustainable global food chain.

Challenge Advisory Welcomes WaudWare to Sustainable Intensification 2016

By Dan Butler

Challenge Advisory partners with WaudWare at the Agri-business Summit, Brazil: Sustainable Intensification 25-26th October 2016.

Sourcing investment for an Agricultural Company

By Olga Soares

Challenge Advisory have been retained to source $8 million in new investment for an ag company.

Challenge Advisory Welcomes MagGrow Global to Sustainable Intensification 2016

By Dan Butler

Challenge Advisory partners with MagGrow Global at the Agri-business Summit, Brazil: Sustainable Intensification 25-26th October 2016.

CRISPR Technology Set To Shape Future of Food Production

By Dan Butler

CRISPR technology is set to replace GMO as the future of food production after USDA gives it the green light.

Bayer and Embrapa Collaborate To Improve Crop Yields With Soybean Pollinator Study

By Dan Butler

Bayer and Embrapa have collaborated to study the relationship between pollinating insects and soybean production to improve crop yields.

Brazil Implementing Climate Smart Agriculture Techniques To Both Increase Productivity and Conserve The Environment

By Dan Butler

Climate Smart Agriculture is changing the traditional trade-off between the economic benefits and environmental consequences of agricultural activity.

UN Report Stresses Importance of Increased Agriculture and Forestry Cooperation For A Sustainable Future

By Dan Butler

New UN report states that improved cooperation between nations’ agriculture and forestry sectors is crucial to tackling deforestation and food insecurity.

UK Collaborating With China To Develop ‘Precision Agriculture’ Technologies

By Dan Butler

Brazilian start-up Aegro have developed an app to help farmers collect, store and analyse crop data to inform better agricultural decisions.

Challenge Advisory Welcomes Croda To Sustainable Intensification 2016

By Dan Butler

Challenge Advisory partners with Croda at the Agri-business Summit, Brazil: Sustainable Intensification 25-26th October 2016.

PlantVillage App Uses Data-Sharing IIoT Technology to Identify Crop Diseases and Prevent Mass Spoilage

By Dan Butler

Penn State’s Dr. David Hughes has developed the PlantVillage app to enable farmers to diagnose crop diseases using smartphones and IIoT tech.

Brazilian Start-Up Aegro Develop New App to Optimise Agricultural Efficiency

By Dan Butler

Brazilian start-up Aegro have developed an app to help farmers collect, store and analyse crop data to inform better agricultural decisions.

Challenge Welcomes Dr. Ladislau Martin-Neto of Embrapa to Sustainable Intensification 2016

By Dan Butler

Challenge Advisory is delighted to welcome Dr. Ladislau Martin-Neto, the executive director at Embrapa, as a keynote speaker at our Sustainable Intensification summit.

Bank of Brazil Approves R$101bn For Brazilian Agriculture For 2016/17

By Dan Butler

The Bank of Brazil has committed R $101bn to the Brazilian agricultural industry over the 2016/17 harvest.

Calata Corp. Partners With Pessl Instruments on Phillipine Agriculture Project

By Dan Butler

Filipino firm Calata Corporation has partnered with Austrian company Pessl Instruments GmbH to introduce IIoT farming solutions to the Phillipines.

AR company looks to the future with Challenge Advisory

By Dan Butler

Challenge Advisory have secured a second round of funding for an AR technology company.

South Korea Launches First Commercial IoT Network

By Dan Butler

South Korea’s leading network operator, SK Telecom, has launched the nation’s first commercial Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) network.

Brazil’s Interim President, Temer, Stresses Importance of Agroindustry to Brazilian Economy

By Dan Butler

Michel Temer, Brazil’s interim president, has called for “national reunification” to secure jobs in the nation’s increasingly important agroindustry.

London Must Tackle Living Costs to Stimulate IIoT Start-ups

By Dan Butler

Jim Bowes, CEO of digital consultancy Manifesto, has offered suggestions on how London can stimulate future growth in its IIoT industry.

Samsung to Invest $1.2bn in US IoT Industry

By Dan Butler

The South Korean tech multinational has announced that it is to invest $1.2bn into the US Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) industry.

Topcon Positioning Group Combines Recent Acquisitions to Create Precision Agriculture Conglomerate

By Dan Butler

Topcon Positioning Group (TPG) has recently announced the foundation of a new global group dedicated to developing precision agriculture solutions.

Multi-million pound funding secured for SMB’s venture

By Dan Butler

Challenge Advisory have helped secure $4 million in Series-A financing for an SMB.

IIoT Technology is Revolutionising the Way We Protect Our Endangered Species

By Dan Butler

Global wildlife populations have halved in the last 40 years due to human activity. IIoT tech is revolutionising the way we protect our wildlife.

Colombia Not Using 65% of its Arable Land

By Daniel Butler

65% of Colombia's agricultural land is not being used or is currently underused, according to a government report.

Cisco and MSP set to Launch IIoT Innovation Centre in Manchester

By Dan Butler

US tech giant Cisco is set to launch an innovation centre in Manchester dedicated to the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology.

Challenge Advisory Secure funding for Blockchain startup

By Henry Smith

Agriculture

Challenge Advisory have successfully secured £10 million in funding for a Blockchain startup

Construction Begins On New Precision Dairy Facility at UK’s Harper Adams University

By Daniel Butler

Building work has begun at the Harper Adams University farm to create an innovative high-tech dairy unit.

Hitachi launches IIoT division

By Daniel Butler

Electronic giant Hitachi has launched a new international division dedicated to delivering solutions for the burgeoning Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market.

UK Start-Up Powervault Launches New Home Energy Storage Range

By Daniel Butler

UK energy storage start-up Powervault has debuted its new range of home energy storage solutions, which is designed to save consumers thousands on their energy bills.

Researchers Combine Salt with Metal Oxides to Dramatically Increase Energy Storage Capacity

By Daniel Butler

An international consortium of US and Chinese researchers has discovered that increasing the surface area of metal oxides with the addition of salt significantly increases their energy storage capability.

French IIoT firm Sigfox escalate plans to expand into the US

By Daniel Butler

French IIoT company Sigfox has escalated its plans to expand its wireless-communication networks into the US market.

Precision Agriculture Could Be the Solution to Feeding 10 Billion People

By Daniel Butler

By the year 2050 the global population will hit 10 billion. Precision agriculture could be solution to meeting the necessary increase in food production.

Bean-sized Monitoring Device Could Revolutionise UK Farming

By Daniel Butler

As big data plays an increasingly more important role in agriculture, UK innovator Andrew Holland is preparing to test his bean-sized monitoring device in grain silos.

UCI Scientists Make “Infinite” Energy Storage Breakthrough

By Daniel Butler

UCI scientists have created a new type of energy storage device that could potentially last more than 100,000 charges.

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