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5 Plants That Can Help Purify Indoor Air, According to Science

<i>This article originally appeared on Health.com.</i><p>Want to clear the air in your home or workplace? Get some greens, says research presented today at the …

Research

New 'super yield' GM wheat trial gets go-ahead

<b>The planting of a new experimental crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat will take place this spring after the UK government gave the final go ahead.</b><p>The GM wheat has been engineered to use sunlight more efficiently and has boosted greenhouse yields by up to 40%.<p>Researchers in Hertfordshire now …

How drones can detect crop problems early to keep farmers on track | Caspar van Vark

From Sri Lanka to Uganda, UAVs with near-infrared sensors are monitoring plants for pests and disease, with implications for agricultural policy worldwide<p>The traditional image of a farmer standing in a field, squinting anxiously at the sky for signs of rain, may be about to get a 21st-century …

This technology could help feed the 9 billion people expected to populate the world by 2050

Organizations including the World Bank and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization are calling for more innovation to address the links between these sectors, often referred to as the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus.<p>Nanotechnology - designing ultrasmall particles - is now emerging as a promising …

8 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds

Early humanss had the equivalent of thousands more genes than we do now 

Humans LOST DNA as they evolved: Early species had the equivalent of thousands more genes than we do now<p><b>Geneticists analysed the DNA of 125 human</b> …

Theo Chocolate and others aims to end farmers' cycle of poverty

Companies including Nespresso and Timberland are working with local communities in developing countries to build sustainable supply chains<p>Every chocolate company needs to buy cocoa beans. For Seattle-based Theo Chocolate, sourcing this essential ingredient is not about finding the right vendors – …

A Cut By Any Other Name: Secrets of the Butcher

Butchery is a skill as old as hunting itself, but now, butchers are undergoing a PR renaissance. And it virtually removes animals from the picture.<p>TV shows and articles about butchery are usually pretty devoid of actual meat cutting, focusing rather on charcuterie aging, butchery restaurants, or …

The Second Agricultural Revolution May Be Powered by Perennials

It’s a cycle nearly as old as human history. Plow, plant, harvest, and repeat. It worked for our ancestors, and it’s working for us now, though with …

15 Cozy Fireplaces That Will Keep You Warm All Year Long

It's the heart of a room — and a savior on chilly nights.<p>The hearth is the center of the home. From detailed stonework to stunning marble, these fireplaces will turn any living space — a study, bedroom, you name it — into a relaxing oasis.

Plantwatch: How to fool a bee

Bee orchids are one of the most extraordinary British wildflowers, and they made a good display this month. The beautiful bulbous lip of the flower imitates a female bee to fool male bees into trying to mate with it.<p>Instead, the males get stuck with bags of pollen on their backs, which they carry …

Tomato Plants' Chemical Signal Turned Into Pest-Killing Weapon

"I may be under attack, but take some of this to protect yourself," is an anthropomorphized way of looking at the interaction.<p>When cutworms attack tomato plants, the plants huff and puff various substances, which serve as a chemical warning to neighboring plants that the pesky grubs are afoot. What …

Rare African wasp has wings that fold like origami

Scientists have discovered several new species of threatened wasps in Sub-Saharan Africa that are the first known insects to fold the forewings …

Zoology

Spanish rice farmers fight invasive snail

The EU has "washed its hands" of an invasion of snails in a Spanish river delta that are destroying crops and threaten to spread into other southern European wetlands, farmers say.<p>Rice-growers in the Ebro Delta on southern Catalonia's Mediterranean coast have reported losing up to half of their …

Pesticides are everywhere, and more dangerous than you realize

They're sprayed in abundance, but research on these chemicals remains surprisingly scarce<p>Most of us think we're protecting ourselves from noxious chemicals with half-superstitious gestures: filtering the water we drink a pitcher at a time, or confining ourselves to the organic aisles of …

Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die

Rain is so important in Malawi's agriculture-based economy that there are names for different kinds of it, from the brief bursts of early fall to heavier downpours called <i>mvula yodzalira</i>, literally "planting rain." For generations, rainfall patterns here in the southeast part of Africa have been …

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …

The Masters of Nature Photography book – in pictures

Wild horses of the Netherlands, red-crowned cranes dancing in the snow, the plight of a tortured chimpanzee and a polar panorama feature in the collection of wildlife images in the book published by the Natural History Museum<p>• Masters of Nature Photography by Rosamund Kidmane Cox - Guardian Bookshop

Kickstarter says it consulted scientists before banning genetically-modified organisms

But co-founder Yancey Strickler still calls glowing plants a 'cool project'<p>Kickstarter waded right into the center of the ongoing debate over how genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) should be regulated last week, when the crowdfunding website quietly altered its rules to prohibit creators of all …

High-Speed Video Shows How Silk Draglines Help Jumping Spiders Steer

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 08.07.13.<p>Time of Publication: 2:20 pm. 2:20 pm<p>Previously, there were two known methods …

Samsung tips: 10 Galaxy S4 “hidden” features and tricks

In a new blog post, Samsung describes ten “hidden” or “semi-secret” features of the Galaxy S4, which some of you may not be aware of.<p>Coincidentally or not, the Samsung post went live on the same day Verizon and Motorola unveiled new Droid smartphones, and a day ahead of the upcoming Nexus 7 …

Water Landscapes Around the World Showcase Nature's Beauty

<b>This post is brought to you by Poland Spring Brand 100% Natural Spring Water.</b><p>When you first hear the word landscape, what comes to mind? Do you think of mountains, hills or the general countryside? In fact, landscape is more broadly defined as “all the visible features of an area of land” which …

America the Beautiful: 50 States in 50 Photos

At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and approximately 315 million people, the United States is the third largest country by land area and …

The clearest lake in the world – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/jun/12/clearest-lake-in-the-world-in-pictures<p>720<p>The visibility of distilled water is about 80 …

Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.<p>The Earth is the "Blue Planet" because more than 70 percent of its surface is covered in water. But what does the Blue Planet look like without the blue? How would Earth appear as ... the Green Planet?<p>Something …

Lawn herbicides detected in dogs

Homeowners often apply herbicides to their lawns to control weeds, but sometimes pets can be unintentionally exposed to those pesticides scientists …

Bird guts prime seeds for survival

<b>U. WASHINGTON (US) —</b> Seeds gobbled by birds and dispersed across the landscape have a better chance of surviving, and new research may explain …

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