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Bonsai Beginnings

State of Tennessee has adopted new regulations that affect the shipment Boxwood (Buxus spp.) and Sarcococca (Sarcococca spp.). These regulations are …

The strawberry industry is about to change forever

<b>California's dominant strawberry market cannot survive without toxic soil fumigants, which have been recently banned.</b><p>Every year the Environmental …

Urban beekeeping is harming wild bees, says Cambridge University

The rise in amateur beekeepers keeping hives on roofs and gardens is contributing to the decline of wild bees, Cambridge University has claimed.<p>Experts at the Department of Zoology said the growth in urban keeping was leaving wild bees struggling to gather enough pollen and nectar.<p>Urban beekeeping …

Agriculture
Agriculture
Agriculture

Astronomers check 'alien' asteroid thing for actual aliens

The first space rock to visit from beyond our solar system looks a little bit like a spaceship, so scientists are checking it for alien signals.<p>Beginning in October, astronomers spotted what seems to be an asteroid, one that's not from around here, speeding through our cosmic neighborhood. Now a …

Astronomy
Harvard

MACHOs are dead. WIMPs are a no-show. Say hello to SIMPs: New candidate for dark matter

The intensive, worldwide search for dark matter, the missing mass in the universe, has so far failed to find an abundance of dark, massive stars or …

Dark Matter

Bee-mimicking moth rediscovered after 130 years

A rare species of clearwing moth, that appears to mimic a bee, has been rediscovered in the rainforests of Malaysia after being ‘lost’ for 130 years. …

Parasitic plants may form weapons out of genes stolen from hosts

Sneaky parasitic weeds may be able to steal genes from the plants they are attacking and then use those genes against the host plant, according to a …

Scientists reconstruct largest ever family tree of major flowering plant group

Scientists have developed the largest ever family tree of a major group of flowering plants called monocots, which could help protect their diversity.<p>…

Ecology
Biology

Prey or predator? How all pitcher plants came to converge on carnivory

Despite being unrelated, researchers find that three carnivorous plants evolved to munch meat in remarkably similar ways.<p>February 6, 2017 …

Biology

Google amps up job search tools with salary, location features

The search giant wants to put you to work. The new tools come as Silicon Valley faces scrutiny over how tech and automation are affecting employment.<p>Earlier this year, Google unveiled new search tools designed specifically to help people find jobs. Now the tech giant wants to try to make the …

Employment

12 Must-Read Articles About Assessment

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Pedagogy

For believers, fear of atheists is fueled by fear of death

Skepticism about the existence of God is on the rise, and this might, quite literally, pose an existential threat for religious believers.<p>It’s no secret that believers generally harbor extraordinarily negative attitudes toward atheists. Indeed, recent polling data show that most Americans view …

Religion

Christopher Hitchens: Religion Poisons Everything

<i>Editor’s note: Christopher Hitchens died Thursday, Dec. 15. (You can find Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer’s remembrance of his friend here.) Jon Wiener</i> …

Atheist Stephen Fry’s Response To What He Would Say If He Met God Levels This Interviewer

It’s a question that nearly every nonbeliever faces at some point in his or her life: “But what <i>if</i> God exists, what would you say to Him?”<p>Stephen Fry, …

Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Birth an Endangered Species Act Success

Virginians lucky enough to spot a rare red-cockaded woodpecker may not know they are witnessing an incredible comeback in the making. Populations of …

Biodiversity

Evangelical Christians and Donald Trump: They love him because they don’t trust facts or reason

Evangelicals have been eager to look past Trump’s vulgarity and immorality — there are deeper things that bind them<p>Donald Trump is a man of many notable qualities. He is ignorant and a brute. He has bragged about sexually assaulting women by grabbing them by their genitals. He is a serial womanizer …

Donald Trump

A psychological analysis of Trump supporters has uncovered 5 key traits about them

The lightning-fast ascent and political invincibility of Donald Trump has left many experts baffled and wondering, “How did we get here?” Any …

Mueller Plunges Across Trump's Red Line

A Wall Street Journal story claimed the investigation had moved before a grand jury, while CNN reported it was looking into potential financial crimes unrelated to the 2016 election.<p><i>Updated on August 2 at 9:23 p.m.</i><p>Special Counsel Robert Mueller has begun to issue subpoenas in his investigation into …

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Sunscreen made from DNA would last forever

Earth's yellow sun is the source of its power.<p>A DNA-based sunscreen that not only stops harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, but also becomes more protective the longer you expose it to UV rays? That’s the dazzling premise behind a recent study published in the journal <i>Science Reports</i>.<p>While sunscreen …

Binghamton University

75% of the Human Genome Is Junk DNA, Claims New Research

How much of the human genome, our genetic blueprint, actually makes us who we are? New work by an evolutionary biologist at the University of Houston …

UC files opening brief in appeal CRISPR patent decision

Last week, the University of California filed an opening brief to appeal a decision by the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or PTAB, which denied …

Genetics

"True Blue" Chrysanthemum Flowers Produced with Genetic Engineering

Roses are red, but science could someday turn them blue. That’s one of the possible future applications of a technique researchers have used to …

Biotechnology

The Era of Human Gene Editing Is Here—What Happens Next Is Critical

Scientists in Portland, Ore., just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology …

Genetics

Genetic engineering creates an unnaturally blue flower

Blue flowers are rare in nature, and for good reason: the color is usually the result of mutations and quirks of acidity levels rather than an actual blue pigment. That makes genetically engineering a blue flower tricky, since you can't just make a straightforward tweak and expect a garden full of …

Mutations