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Dinosaur Foreplay Existed So If T-Rex Cuddled Before Sex So Can Your SO

The thought that a Tyrannosaurus Rex probably got more action on the reg than I am right now is certainly a sobering one.<p>But the idea the "Lizard …

Scientists peel back the carrot's genetic secrets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have gotten to the root of the carrot, genetically speaking.<p>Researchers said on Monday they have sequenced the genome of the carrot, an increasingly important root crop worldwide, identifying genes responsible for traits including the vegetable's abundance of …

Scientists Worked Six Years to Create Plant That Grows ‘Ketchup and Fries’

Fries and ketchup go together like peanut butter and jelly, or popcorn and a movie. The pairing is so universally liked, it’s hard to imagine a time when the two existed without one another.<p>And thanks to a group of scientists in the Netherlands, they’ll never have to be apart. The team spent six …

For 600 years, Japanese monks have recorded climate data that scientists are using today

Each winter, Shinto monks living in the mountains of central Japan wait for ice ridges to appear on the frozen surface of Lake Suwa. The ridges, known as <i>omiwatari,</i> are believed to be the footsteps of a male Shinto god crossing the lake to visit a female god who resides on the other side, and their …

Climate Change

Mexican jumping beans and other jumping wasp and moth larvae.

A few months ago, I had the chance to take a bush walk with one of the most respected trail guides in South Africa, Stefan Winterboer. After showing …

Just adding pollinators could boost small-farm yields

Just sending more pollinators into action on small farms around the world could significantly boost crop yields, says a massive new study.<p>Coaxing …

This Orchid Emits 'B.O.' to Attract Mosquitoes

To trick tiger mosquitoes into coming their way, one type of orchid produces a scent that’s oddly familiar. At this week’s annual meeting of the …

Should We Eat Golden Rice?

Looking at how science has affected humanity, one of the strongest indicators is the dramatic increase in average life expectancy.<p>During the Late Middle Ages, the average life expectancy in Western Europe was 38 years; in Victorian England, 40. By the early 1900s, with improvements in sanitation, …

Farmers Have Been Enjoying The Fruits Of Bee Labor For 9,000 Years

Beekeeping is pretty hip these days among urbanites (even NPR has rooftop bees). And bees play a vital role in modern agriculture. It turns out, farmers have been fostering a sweet relationship with these honey producers for at least 9,000 years, according to a study in the journal <i>Nature</i>. That's a …

We can only save nature by using it – Responding to Ecomodernism

<i>Last night saw the UK launch of the ‘ecomodernist manifesto’, produced by the US Breakthrough Institute. The manifesto calls on environmentalists to embrace technology in order to save nature. Professor Georgina Mace was one of the speakers. Here, she summarises her argument.</i><p>It is refreshing and …

Science on a shoestring: getting results despite budget cuts | Dean Burnett

Photograph: Harold Cunningham/Getty Images<p>Make extra cash by hiring out the accelerator on weekends as a massively complex roulette wheel?<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/25/1443178912582/da3be163-3722-4f9a-9025-dc25887aa9d8-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

Syrian Civil War Prompts First Withdrawal From Doomsday Seed Vault In The Arctic

A tall rectangular building juts out of a mountainside on a Norwegian island just 800 miles from the North Pole. Narrow and sharply edged, the facility cuts an intimidating figure against the barren Arctic background. But the gray building holds the key to the earth's biodiversity.<p>The Svalbard …

Why Vegan Diets Suck

5 reasons to enjoy your ham and cheese sandwich<p>There is no one right way to eat for everyone.<p>We are all different and what works for one person may not work for the next.<p>I personally advocate consumption of both animals and plants and I think there is plenty of evidence that this is a reasonable …

The Wikipedia for New Species (No Unicorns, Please)

When it comes to identifying all of the species on the planet, there’s not much you can say with certainty. Unicorns don’t make the cut; bunnies do. …

Wildfires are threatening California's famed Sequoia trees

The so-called Rough Fire, the largest of more than a dozen burning across northern and central California, has edged closer to the giant trees in recent days with firefighters scrambling to protect them.<p>"The fire has moved into a number of Sequoia groves in King's Canyon National Park and Sequoia …

Napa Valley

Can eating more than six bananas at once kill you?

<b>It's sometimes said that eating a lot of bananas at once could be dangerous - it has even been suggested that eating more than six in one sitting could kill you. Can this really be true?</b><p>Bananas are one of the world's most popular fruits, stuffed with vitamins and minerals. On the face of it they …

Nutrition

Oh, Nuts! Why California's Pistachio Trees Are Shooting Blanks

In California's blazing hot San Joaquin Valley, millions of pistachio trees are now buried in clusters of small pinkish-green fruits — what would seem like a bumper crop.<p>But for many growers of the popular nut, the season is shaping into a disaster. Jeff Schmiederer, who farms 700 acres of …

Smart phone ingredient found in plant extracts

HIRSCHFELD, GERMANY (Reuters) - Scientists in Germany have come up with a method for extracting the precious element germanium from plants.<p>The element is a semi-conductor and was used to develop the first transistor because it is able to transport electrical charges extremely quickly. Nowadays, …

Scientists to reanimate 30,000-year-old 'giant virus' found in Siberia

Before waking up Mollivirus sibericum, a prehistoric virus, researchers will have to verify that the bug cannot cause human disease<p>Scientists said they will reanimate a 30,000-year-old giant virus unearthed in the frozen wastelands of Siberia, and warned climate change may awaken dangerous …

1,000 Years Ago, Caffeinated Drinks Had Native Americans Buzzing

Feeding a caffeine habit is no sweat in our day and age: Just raid the office kitchen for some tea or hit one of the coffee shops that pepper the landscape.<p>But 1,000 years ago, Native Americans in the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest were getting their buzz on in landscapes where no obvious …

Cocoa, fruit and tea can help keep heart healthy, study says

Substances found in cocoa, fruit and tea could help healthy people keep their heart and circulation in good working order as they get older, according to researchers in Germany.<p>Healthy middle-aged people who consumed two flavanol drinks a day had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than a …

Holistic Medicine

Scientists Are Mining Rare Minerals From Plants

Who said electronics weren't natural?<p>Your future smartphone could get a boost from plants. <i>Reuters</i> reports that scientists from the Freiburg University of Mining and Technology in Germany have found a new way of extracting the semiconductor material, germanium, from the earth.<p>The element was first …

Saving Beer One Hop At A Time

A natural technique helps keep hop crops safe from a nasty disease<p>What would beer be without hops? These plants have been an integral part of brewing for well over a thousand years. Today, these plants are used worldwide to add zest, finesse and fruitiness to any quaff.<p>But these plants have a …

Increase in rate of Brazilian Amazon deforestation raises alarm

Figures released this week point to an apparent rise in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon over the last year, an ominous development that one researcher attributed to an increase in cattle ranching aimed at the U.S. market.<p>The newly lost forest, nearly 2,000 square miles, amounts to an area …

Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

At a festival on the Danish island of Fyn, Claus Holm, a fast-talking Danish celebrity chef, is sniffing and mixing into a pot of stew an ingredient he calls "totally forbidden." It's cream, and it expires today.<p>Danes' increasing willingness to buy and consume items like just-expired dairy products …

Enigma of the trees that resist wildfires

<b>Spanish scientists Bernabé and José Moya couldn't believe their eyes.</b><p>More than 20,000 hectares of forest were charred. But in the middle of the devastation, a group of cypresses was still standing tall and green.<p>When a fire swept through an experimental plot in Andilla, in the Spanish province of …

Ecology

Purple potatoes slow colon cancer in mice

Compounds found in purple potatoes suppressed the growth of colon cancer tumors in petri dishes and in mice by targeting the cancer’s stem …

Plantwatch: Pretty weeds and alien space invaders

<b>Paul Simons</b> on some beasts among nature’s garden beauties

The 5,000-Year Secret History of the Watermelon

Ancient Hebrew texts and Egyptian tomb paintings reveal the origins of our favorite summertime fruit.<p>To taste a watermelon is to know “what the angels eat,” Mark Twain proclaimed.<p>The angels, however, would have gagged if they had eaten the watermelon’s wild ancestor—a bitter fruit with hard, …