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Grafting robot gets to work on vegetables, fruits
Jan 16, 2014
It is now possible for a robot to automatically graft vegetable and fruit plants, lifting a burden off farmers’ shoulders. For the first time ever, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) has developed and commercialized a robot that can be used to graft both cucurbitaceae fru...


Grab useful data at Public Data Portal
Jan 16, 2014
A smartphone app called “Weather Here” (unofficial translation) provides daily and weekly weather information for the user’s current location. If people set a location of interest, the app will also provide weather information for that place. Another app, “Smart Parcel” (unoffici...


Scientists use DNA probe to detect dysentery bacteria
Jan 15, 2014
Researchers have developed a new technology that can accurately detect bacillary dysentery-causing bacteria and count how many of them there are, for the first time in the history of food and nutritional sciences. The Rural Development Administration (RDA) announced recently it h...


Korea, US develop ‘highly spherical’ gold nanosphere
Jan 14, 2014
A joint Korea-U.S. research team has developed “ultra-smooth, highly spherical monocrystalline gold nanospheres” for the first time ever in the history of nanotechnology. The image shows the cyclical process of slow growth and etching required to make gold octahedral nanosph...


Nature You Meet in the Mountains #8
Jan 09, 2014
Flora & Fauna of Korea #8 publishes a series of articles, “Nature You Meet in the Mountains,” about the peninsula’s mushrooms, insects, trees and herbs & flowers. Insects Name: 밀잠자리 (Mil jamjari) Scientific name: Orthetrum albistylum speciosum (Uhler) Distribu...


Korea builds second Antarctic base, Jang Bogo Station
Jan 09, 2014
The construction of Korea’s second Antarctic base is nearing completion. The Jang Bogo Antarctic Research Station is being built in Terra Nova Bay, Victoria Land, in the southeastern part of Antarctica. This is the country’s second base on the frozen continent after the Antarctic...


Smart tech gets spotlight at CES 2014
Jan 09, 2014
The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest international consumer electronics and technology trade show, began its four-day run in Las Vegas, U.S., on January 7. Over 40 Korean firms participated in this year’s CES, where electronics and technology companies fr...


Telemedicine brings health care to remote communities
Jan 08, 2014
In December 2013, Kim Gil-su, a 63-year-old resident of Yeongyang County, Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province), travelled 20 kilometers to get to a public health center. With the government’s new telemedicine system of offering health care remotely to distant communities,...


Sprouts and insect-based cosmetics: RDA research bears ...
Jan 06, 2014
Sprouts that are consumed within four days of sprouting have been a popular dish since the early 2000s. Consumers seem to have been attracted to the merits of both its safety as well as richness in vitamins and minerals, in comparison with more ripened sprouts. However, the sprou...


Nature You Meet in the Mountains #7
Jan 02, 2014
Flora & Fauna of Korea #7 publishes a series of articles, “Nature You Meet in the Mountains,” about the peninsula’s mushrooms, insects, trees and herbs & flowers. Insects Name: 고추잠자리 (Gochu jamjari) Scientific name: Crocothemis servilia servilia (Drury) Distri...