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A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomy

Imagine, if you will, getting bit by an African spitting cobra. These reptiles are bad news for several reasons: First, they spit, shooting a potent …

Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords

Old-school areas of plant biology are getting tech upgrades that herald more detailed, faster data collection.<p>As a postdoc, plant biologist …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Slurs on David Cameron will backfire for Brexit camp, says Frank Field

Questioning PM’s integrity a mistake, says Labour MP, after Boris Johnson and Nadine Dorries call Cameron ‘corrosive’ and ‘a liar’<p>The highly personalised attacks on David Cameron by Brexit campaigners have been condemned by one of their number.<p>Labour former minister Frank Field warned that “putting …

Boris Johnson

Chocolate Mud Cake

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and line an 8-inch round cake pan or springform pan with parchment. Butter the parchment and …

Dessert

40+ Pumpkin Carving Ideas You Haven't Tried Yet

These creative picks are a cut above the rest.<p>Sure, that toothy grin is fun, but how about mixing it up this Halloween with a creative take on the classic jack-o'-lantern — or skip carving altogether and try one of our painted pumpkin ideas instead!

Did Apple Flub The Timing Of The Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch reviews are already in, and the verdict is pretty consistent: Apple’s long-awaited smartwatch looks great, but it’s slow, the interface is a little confusing, and too many of the apps are half-baked.<p>The decidedly mixed reviews are unusual for Apple, even for an entirely new product. …

Smartwatches

The complicated (and contentious) chemistry of Christmas cookies

It's Christmas cookie time, and everyone's got a recipe or two they swear by, whether their loyalties lie with frosted sugar cookies or gently spiced …

This Re-Engineered Moss Can Grow Perfume–And Even Medicine

Moss is often considered a nuisance, something that clogs up drains and covers over paths. But to Marie Brøns Nørgaard, it’s something very useful indeed.<p>Nørgaard, 24, leads a Danish startup called TychoBio, which is developing greener ways to produce several chemicals found in perfumes, shampoos, …

Surprise: Agriculture is doing more with IoT Innovation than most other industries

Venture capitalists invested a record amount in agriculture and food startups in the third quarter this year, totaling $269 million across 41 deals. Conservis, for example, raised $10 million to offer farmers a real-time view of operations. FarmLogs raised $4 million to deliver apps that help …

After seven years, you can finally own The Keyboard Waffle Iron

Seven years ago, we brought you the story of a waffle iron that shaped the tasty treats into a keyboard. Plenty of you saw it and wished that you could have one of your very own, and it turns out that good things do come to those who wait. Designer Chris Dimino has taken to Kickstarter to raise …

How Successful People Handle Toxic People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.<p>Studies …

Amazing Graphics Show How Much Fruits Have Changed Since Humans Started Growing Them

If someone handed you a peach 6,000 years ago, you might be surprised: the sour, grape-sized lump you'd be holding would hardly resemble the plump, juicy fruit we enjoy today.<p>Throughout the 12,000 years or so since humans first developed agriculture, the foods we eat have undergone drastic …

Snacks

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

Government regulators have approved a new generation of genetically engineered corn and soybeans. They're the latest weapon in an arms race between farmers and weeds, and the government's green light is provoking angry opposition from environmentalists.<p>The actual decision, at first glance, seems …

Whither the Breadfruit?

By James McWilliams August 1, 2014<p><i>Whither the breadfruit?</i><p>Marguerite Girvin Gillin, <i>Breadfruit</i>, ca. 1884<p>There’s such a thing as the Breadfruit Institute, and there should be. Researchers consider the species a “NUS”—“neglected and underutilized species.” But Ian Cole, the Breadfruit Institute’s …

California Drought Could Claim Quarter of Rice Crop

California's ongoing drought is claiming another victim: the state's rice crop.<p>Nearly 25 percent of California's $5 billion rice crop will be lost this year due to lack of water, say experts. And while analysts say the loss is not a crisis just yet, at least one rice producer is ready to call it a …

Water

Wedding Chicken

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 15 min<p>Total Time: 12 min<p>“When I was getting married, I couldn’t think of a caterer I wanted to use,” says chef Naomi Pomeroy, Expatriate, Portland, OR, “and I didn’t want to ask my staff.” Her solution? Cook for her guests herself. She went with super-simple chicken, powered …

Seafood

Lavender farmers rebel against EU chemical rules

PARIS (AP) — The sweet smell of lavender is tinged with bitterness this year in the south of France, as farmers who harvest the flower protest European regulations linking the plant to chemical toxins.<p>Billboards proclaiming "Lavender is not a chemical" dot fields that yield what in Provence is …

Death of Yoda the 650-Year-Old Tree Tells Tale of Southwest Drought

A Douglas fir affectionately named Yoda survived many a drought in its six-plus centuries of existence in a rugged lava flow in the El Malpais National Monument area near Grants, New Mexico, but it couldn’t weather the current extreme drought in the parched Southwest.<p>The recent death of the …

New Mexico

Millions of historic images posted to Flickr

<b>An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images.</b><p>Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.<p>The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 …

Genealogy

Hands-On With Bublcam’s Spherical Video Camera

The Bublcam is a video camera that can capture a sphere of content with its four high-def sensors. We first covered it when its creators put up a Kickstarter campaign looking to raise $100,000 to bring the gadget to market. After raising more than three times that, the team behind it has spent nine …

GMOs: A Spoonful Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down

If social media existed around 8,000 B.C., I have a feeling our food supply would look a lot a different than it does today. Cereal grains would be far less abundant. Strawberries would be the size of M&Ms. Almonds would either be too bitter or too poisonous to eat. Ears of corn would be about an …

Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up.<p>"The best …

13 Simple Cooking Tips That Anyone Can Use

Cooking is a skill, which means that the more you practice, the better you become.<p>And with practice comes knowledge about what to do when certain problems — rock-hard brown sugar, shells in the egg yolk, boiling-over pots of water — arise.<p>These are 13 simple cooking tips that chefs of any level can …

Searing

Insider’s Guide to Darjeeling

Tea reigns in <b>Darjeeling</b>, where life is marked by the four harvest seasons: first flush in spring, the second flush in June, monsoon season (yes, it’s a tea season) July-August, and the autumn flush from October into November.<p>British author George Orwell<i>,</i> born in a town west of Darjeeling, was a …

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