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Smallholders in Value Chains: Evidence on Scale, Productivity, and Benefits

Library resource<p>In this seminar, Elizabeth Dunn, research economist and President of Impact LLC, discussed smallholders...<p>Library resource<p>Globally …

More Crop Per Drop

This Saturday, March 22nd, the world celebrates World Water Day. Water and agriculture are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. Agriculture …

What do you mean, women aren’t equal? - Girls' Globe

<i>By Alanna Imbach, WaterAid America</i><p>After an hour of banging my head against the roof of our silver SUV with every jolting bump of the dusty red dirt …

From The Field

Integrating Food Security and WASH<p>USAID’s Water and Development Strategy established three categories for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) …

GFAR: Why Agriculture Needs Young People

Currently, 2.5 billion people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Globally, the average age of farmers is around 55 years. According to the …

Genetics Startup Wants To Prolong Life, 'Make 100 Years Old The Next 60'

Brought to you by entrepreneur J. Craig Venter<p>J. Craig Venter, the scientist and entrepreneur involved in the first sequencing of the human genome and the first synthetic cell, today announced a typically ambitious project: tack another few decades onto everyone's lives through the largest human …

Alzheimer's Diagnosis Expanding To Catch Early Warning Signs

Alzheimer's disease isn't what it used to be. After 30 years of having doctors diagnose the disease by symptoms alone, researchers and advocacy groups are calling for new diagnostic criteria that recognize changes in the brain as well as changes in behavior.<p>The goal is to eventually allow doctors …

Most U.S. Women Wouldn't Know A Stroke If They Saw Or Felt One

When it comes to treating a stroke victim, every minute counts.<p>Each moment that passes without treatment increases the likelihood of permanent damage or death. So the first steps to getting help are being able to spot a stroke in yourself or others and knowing how to respond.<p>But a study published …

Fruit flies could be difficult pests to control - Futurity

Of thousands of known species of Drosophila fruit flies, just one is known as a crop pest, depositing eggs inside ripening fruit so its maggots can …

How To Trick Others Into Doing Your Bidding

Soon, they'll be eating out of the palm of your hand.<p>We like to think of ourselves as rational beings, but there are many ways we can be subconsciously influenced. At least, that’s the premise of ABC’s new series <i>Mind Games</i>. Christian Slater and Steve Zahn star as consultants who use psychological …

Can Artificial Meat Save The World?

Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Meat-free meat might be the solution.<p>On an ordinary spring morning in Columbia, Missouri, Ethan Brown stands in the middle of an ordinary kitchen tearing apart a chicken fajita strip. “Look at this,” he says. “It’s …

Green Living

Researchers are making a smartphone lens that can spot sickness

Research conducted by scientists at the University of Houston brings your phone one step closer to telling you when you're sick. Jiming Bao, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Richard Willson, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, together developed a …

Want to learn quicker? Use your body

Waving your arms, wriggling your fingers and striding around a room can help you learn faster, says Colin Barras. How does it work?<p>Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside the …

University of Iowa

New "Chicken From Hell" Dinosaur Discovered

The 66-million-year-old feathered dino resembled a giant, demonic bird.<p>A newly discovered dinosaur species that paleontologists have dubbed the "chicken from hell" is among the largest feathered dinosaurs ever found in North America.<p>The 11-foot-long (3-meter-long), 500-pound (225-kilogram) <i>Anzu</i> …

How to take control of an unruly system (like your brain) - Futurity

Economic collapse, disease, and bad dinner parties can result when complex systems break down, which is why researchers want to learn how to control …

The FDA Should Stop Blocking New Treatments From Patients

Hands off, government.<p>Cataracts, a clouding of the lenses in the eyes, affect some 20 million Americans over the age of 40. Doctors can implant synthetic lenses to fix them, but they have to estimate the right focal power before surgery, so many patients still need corrective lenses afterward. A …

The New Spring, Brought To You By Climate Change, In Five Charts

How climate change has shifted spring’s emergence<p>As the planet warms, the temperatures that trigger spring arrive earlier. But not everything’s adjusting on the same schedule. Flowers open before their insect pollinators come out, and birds return from migration too late to find their usual bug …

Boston University

How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct

Many animal lovers have made peace with their decision to eat meat.<p>But the Center for Biological Diversity has a new campaign that hopes to convince them that a hamburger habit does wildlife a disservice.<p>"We need to see a drastic reduction in meat consumption to protect land, water and wildlife," …

Plantwatch: Pussy willow

Pussy willows are out, the small furry catkins of grey or goat willows, and a sure sign of spring. The grey-coloured catkins are now bursting with golden yellow pollen, but have probably come out too early for Palm Sunday, which falls on 13 April this year, when sprays of pussy willow are often …

Scientists can now create accurate mugshots using only DNA

Even though DNA analysis is still stuck in the past when applied by law enforcement today, scientists are still pushing the envelope with work that can turn DNA into a more effective investigative tool. In a new study published this week, researchers at Penn State and the Catholic University of …