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Welcome to the blog of The Book of Barely Imagined Beings. I posted more than a thousand entries between February …George Monbiot
Honey bee populations are being allowed to collapse because current treatments are being applied to hives in the wrong way, experts claim.
Bees have been in steep decline in Britain in recent decades due in part to the varroa mite, which is widely blamed for the mysterious “colony collapse disorder” …Honey Bees
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Automated genetic tinkering is just the start – this machine could be used to rewrite the language of life and create new species of …Evolution
On the rooftops above the office canyons of Midtown Manhattan, there is a corporate life for bees where new colonies pollinate green roofs and produce honey for the lucky tenants working below.
At One Bryant Park last summer, Richard Kohlbrecher, who is allergic to bee venom, first saw hundreds of …Bryant Park
A hamburger made from cow muscle grown in a laboratory was fried, served and eaten in London on Monday in an odd demonstration of one view of the future of food.
According to the three people who ate it, the burger was dry and a bit lacking in flavor. One taster, Josh Schonwald, a Chicago-based …Food
The research may help reveal why humans are prone to concocting memories of experiences that never happened
Fans of the blockbuster film “Inception” will recall corporate conman Leo DiCaprio’s dream-bending antics where he infiltrated the subconscious of his targets with implanted memories.
Mind …The Brain
The fast-moving field of mixing animal and human DNA may need new ethical or regulatory boundaries for some experiments, a British panel …
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CLEWISTON, Fla. — The call Ricke Kress and every other citrus grower in Florida dreaded came while he was driving.
“It’s here” was all his grove manager needed to say to force him over to the side of the road.
The disease that sours oranges and leaves them half green, already ravaging citrus crops …Food Science
It's illegal, but that's kind of the point.
Incendiary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, known for his highly political art, isn't exactly a fan of surveillance cameras. When Swiss art curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist asked Ai to contribute to a Do-It-Yourself compendium full of projects from artists, Ai designed …
What do plants need to grow? Soil, water, sunlight. But there’s something else that’s just as important: nitrogen. Most plants are only able to …Environment
From rooftop apiaries in Paris to a vegetable-and-chicken farm in Philadelphia, agriculture has come to the city. Urban farmer Mary Seton Corboy and food writer Jennifer Cockrall-King talk about the future of food in the city. Plus, Tama Matsuoka Wong gives tasty tips for eating garden …
With the landing of the Mars Rover, many feel we’re closer than ever to establishing the first Mars colony – but there’s still the question of how to …Space Science
Most PandoDaily readers, I assume, accept the idea that technology can make our lives better. We lionize companies like Google, Twitter, Intel, …
Coffee growers in Costa Rica bolster bird biodiversity by leaving patches of their plantations as untouched rainforest.
A new study suggests birds …
A fog-harvesting system that is up to five times more efficient than previous systems at turning airborne water into drinking water has been developed by researchers at MIT in collaboration with colleagues in Chile.
Fog harvesting is not a new technique -- it's already used to pull drinking water …Drinking Water
Do you want a healthy organic garden, but find yourself without the space, skill or time to successfully plant one? The Fizzy Farm helps makes …Organic Food
In the nostalgic photo series “Memory Suitcases,” Israeli artist Yuval Yairi painted faraway destinations on to old suitcases and then photographed …Luggage
When God told Horace Burgess to build a treehouse, he promised that Burgess would never run out of materials. So far he hasn’t. Using tons of …Woodworking
Assembled from discarded umbrellas and plastic bottles, the Harvest Dome 2.0 is a dramatic work of "performance architecture."
This week, SLO Architecture celebrated the crash-free launch of Harvest Dome 2.0, a 24-by-18 foot floating sphere made of umbrella skeletons and plastic bottles. It smoothly …
Something most of us probably don’t think about is where old fire hoses go when they’ve been decommissioned. The answer is: landfills all across …Furniture
“The sounds uttered by birds offer in several respects the nearest analogy to language,” Charles Darwin wrote in “The Descent of Man” (1871), while …