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Joseph asks…

Whatever happened to Amiga?

My very first computer was a Commodore Amiga 1200 it was an amazing system, both hardware and software. I still have it packed away under my bed. Back before PCs became the dominant system Amigas were everywhere. Then due to numerous buyouts and financial problems they pretty much became a niche market for enthusiasts and never again matched the performance of PCs. I read that they continued to develop the AmigaOS to version 4.0, and that it can be run on some new unofficial hybrid systems, but what about official Amiga hardware. What is Amiga doing now?

New Niche Finder answers:

Collecting dust.

I bought the A500 hard drive, cost about £300 for 20meg, just bought a 1gig mini sds for my phone, less than tenner. Still got the A500+ also got a dud 4000. Certainly a better system than the PC.

Linda asks…

What would you like to see in a new beverage drink?

I want to start a new beverage company and am seeking some public opinion. I want to create an amazing new beverage range for the consumer market. I need a niche. Energy drinks and vitamin waters are saturated in the market, i need a new fresh concept.
Please give me your opinions.

New Niche Finder answers:

I wanna taste cherries…

Robert asks…

What would you like to see in a new beverage drink?

I want to start a new beverage company and am seeking some public opinion. I want to create an amazing new beverage range for the consumer market. I need a niche. Energy drinks and vitamin waters are saturated in the market, i need a new fresh concept.
Please give me your opinions.

New Niche Finder answers:

Even though water is the best thing you can drink, it would be cool if there was something better than water. Something with more vitamins than Vitamin Water and Lifewater. Something with good flavors, not to heavy though. Something not as expensive as those other drinks in the market. Of course something that taste great.

Sandy asks…

What are the new food safety standards for organic farmers & growers?

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AjVXTp2WynUsEtgygSx01NHQ7BR.;_ylv=3?qid=20090320125648AAfmxio

The article linked in this question suggests that Monsanto has successfully lobbied the US Federal Government into passing an Act that outlaws organic agriculture in the USA by setting minimum fertilisation and pest control standards set by Monsanto, one of whose directors is related to the Government official who got this law through.

I am from the UK. Does this mean I have to boycott American produce if I wish to support an ethical form of agriculture?

Should I also write to my MEP to extend a ban on American produce throughout the EU, because it fails to respect this method of producing food, yet still claiming to be the Land of the Free?

Despite the election of President Obama, is America still putting the interests of big business corporations above ethics and the backyard American trying to fill a niche in the market?

New Niche Finder answers:

My reading of the article it is bringing industrial agriculture into line wiht the contamination records and traceability already practiced by certified organic farming.

But the personal interest link to Monsanto can’t be overlooked as the way the bill might be applied is delegated, not specified.

There will be a big impact on small local non-organic farms, these won’t supply the EU anyway.

Your reasoning that “it fails to respect this method of producing food” will not be valid unless you can show it is a “religeous” belief http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/tim-nicholson-a-green-martyr-1648388.html
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Daniel asks…

BIOTECHNOLOGY QUESTION?

you are a molecular biologist working at a biotech company. your CEO has identified an untapped niche market – canadian bachelor farmers – and thinks the company can make millions developing new crops to sell them. your assignment is to develop, for the pickle industry, frost-resistant cucumbers that glow fluorescent green so they are easy to find in the dark. you have identified the Northern cod as a fish species that produces the appropriate anti-freeze protein (AFP). you are also able to buy a plasmid from BioRad Laboratories containing the gene from a jellyfish species that produces a glowing fluorescent protein (GFP).

1. you obtain Arctic cod and raise them in an aquarium in the lab. your first step is to make a genomic DNA library from the cod. describe this process. be specific!

New Niche Finder answers:

Go to the link below.

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