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The curse of the Bradford Pear: Column

GREENVILLE, S.C. — All those white blooming trees you see everywhere...do you think they are pretty? If you knew what they actually represent, you would choke on your morning coffee and gag on your scrambled eggs. All those white blooming trees you see now are an environmental disaster happening …

Pears

Cloned monkeys, a first, spur inevitable questions of when human clones will follow

SAN FRANCISCO — In a feat that raises questions about how close the cloning of humans may be, scientists in China announced on Wednesday they have successfully cloned two long-tailed macaque monkeys.<p>The cloning of primates was long thought to be fundamentally more difficult than horses, sheep and …

Genetics

The Bananapocalypse Is Nigh

The failure to diversify makes the world's favorite fruit vulnerable to a wipeout.<p>The bananapocalypse is coming. That’s the likelihood that sometime in the next decade, bananas may disappear, victims of a fungal pathogen known as Panama Disease. The disease is on the march throughout the world, …

How to Compose Photos to Tell Your Story

We take photos to tell a story. The story can be the description of a place, our reactions in front of a scene, or our conveyed feelings through our …

Phenotype: How a Gene Is Expressed As a Physical Trait

Phenotype is defined as an organism's expressed physical traits. Phenotype is determined by an individual's genotype and expressed genes, random …

Genetics

These 5 Pretty Plants Double as Natural Air Purifiers

Ahhh, a breath of fresh air. Adding a few houseplants to your space can go a long way to improving the health of your home, such as cooling it down during the warm months and boosting cheer. But there are also some great wellness benefits, too. Namely, many plants can help remove chemicals from the …

Here's Richard Feynman's Simple Technique For Sorting Science From Pseudoscience

In this fast-paced world of social media news, it can be exhausting to constantly have to figure out which of the legit-sounding headlines popping up …

These Are Not Your Father’s GMOs - MIT Technology Review

When I visited Jason McHenry’s farm in South Dakota, the young farmer, dressed in worn jeans and sunglasses, led me up a slippery steel ladder on the …

A new report reveals that fruit labeled organic might not actually be organic

Shoppers are willing to spend a lot on organic food, like $6 for organic milk or $5 for organic berries. <i>Consumer Reports</i> noted in 2015 that organic …

Young Again: How One Cell Turns Back Time

None of us was made from scratch. Every human being develops from the fusion of two cells, an egg and a sperm, that are the descendants of other cells. The lineage of cells that joins one generation to the next — called the germline — is, in a sense, immortal.<p>Biologists have puzzled over the …

Biology

Trump’s Fight With Corker Jeopardizes His Legislative Agenda

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s latest rupture with a Republican senator has widened the schism with his own party on Capitol Hill, potentially jeopardizing the future of his legislative agenda even as he presses lawmakers to approve deep tax cuts, according to veteran Republicans and independent …

Republicans

The Republican’s Guide to Presidential Etiquette

Republicans used to care a whole lot about how a president comported himself. Here is what they now condone.

Etiquette

Bananas could face extinction due to spread of deadly fungus

One of the most widely consumed fruits, bananas are popular for good reason. Not only do they taste great but they’re also high in potassium, contain …

Panama disease

<b>Panama disease</b> is a plant disease of the roots of banana plants. It is a type of Fusarium wilt, caused by the fungal pathogen <i>Fusarium oxysporum f.</i> …

Fungal Disease Could Wipe Bananas Out in 5 to 10 Years

Nobody panic.<p>Scientists have sequenced the genomes of three fungal diseases that currently threaten banana crops, and found something disturbing - …

Before you update to iOS 11 here’s how to check which apps won’t work

For users of Apple’s iOS the imminent arrival of a major new update to the mobile platform is generally a moment of high excitement. In the case of iOS 11, iPad users have the most to be excited about — including a new system-wide dock where favorite apps can live, and a bird’s eye view of recent …

What Ligers, Grolar Bears, and Mules Show Scientists About Evolution

In 2006, a hunter shot what he thought was a polar bear in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Closer examination, however, revealed brown patches …

President Trump wants 'the facts' on right-wing extremism. Here they are.

We've been conditioned to view terrorism as the exclusive province of extremist Muslims. And now the chickens are coming home to roost.<p>In the aftermath of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., President Trump said he needed to have “the facts” before passing judgment on whether a …

Rights & Freedoms

Where Is the Line? Charlottesville Forces Media and Tech Companies to Decide

It took the death of a young woman at the hands of one of the neo-Nazis she was protesting to force the ever-expanding media universe to face a question it has been evading for years: Where’s the line?<p>Google, Twitter and the web hosting company GoDaddy appeared to find it this week when they shut …

Rights & Freedoms

Confederate Leaders’ Descendants Say Statues Can Come Down

The year is 2017, and as the president of the United States vehemently defends monuments to the Confederacy, some descendants of Confederate leaders are calling for them to be taken down.<p>On Saturday, an attacker drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a rally of white nationalists and …

Rights & Freedoms

After Backing Alt-Right in Charlottesville, A.C.L.U. Wrestles With Its Role

The American Civil Liberties Union was under severe duress. Hate mail poured in, death threats, and the executive director was spat on.<p>That moment, 40 years ago, fought over a planned rally by a small group of neo-Nazis in Skokie, Ill., would become one of the organization’s most notable cases, and …

Rights & Freedoms

‘Antifa’ Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right

OAKLAND, Calif. — Last weekend, when a 27-year-old bike messenger showed up at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., he came ready for battle. He joined a human chain that stretched in front of Emancipation Park and linked his arms with others, blocking waves of white supremacists — …

Rights & Freedoms

Hate That Doesn’t Hide

Angry white men holding tiki torches and shouting their throats raw chanting “blood and soil,” spittle hanging from their lips. Angry white men, arms outstretched in the Nazi salute. Angry white men playing soldier, heavily armed in public. Nazi flags, Confederate flags, American flags, “Make …

Rights & Freedoms

The Damage Done by Stephen Bannon

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Many liberals, independents, moderate conservatives and never-Trumpers will celebrate the White House adviser Stephen Bannon’s ouster (nytimes.com, Aug. 18). But the damage he sought to inflict has been done.<p>Mr. Bannon created, in his words, a “platform for the alt-right” and somehow …

Donald Trump

Checkers vs. chess: Donald Trump's fateful insistence on instant gratification

The most egregious act of short-termism was Trump’s presidential candidacy itself. It’s clear he did not think through what might happen if he won.<p>Chess vs. checkers is standard shorthand for suggesting a president is either smart, or not. President Trump’s forte is the latter; it’s a simple game …

Donald Trump

Can Gene Editing Actually Do That?

A new technique known as Crispr has revolutionized humans’ ability to edit DNA. See you if you can identify whether a given development has already happened, could eventually happen or is pure fiction.

Genetics

Prehistoric petals: Scientists reveal what the first flower looked like

Until 140 million years ago, there were no flowers anywhere on Earth. Then, primitive flowers burst onto the scene, and flowering plants took over the world.<p>All living flowers today came from a single ancestor that lived about that time, according to a new study published Tuesday in the …

Paleontology

Dainty Invader: the Deptford Pink

It is hard to call a flower as dainty and attractive as the Deptford pink invasive. It seems incapable of threatening anything, but it is a plant originally native to Europe now growing with ease throughout most of North America, and it fits the definition. The plant has roots that lead back to the …

North America

Precious seeds in Norway's 'Doomsday vault' are safe — for now

The so-called "Doomsday seed vault" deep under a remote mountain in Norway is safe, at least for now, the nation's government said.<p>Melting permafrost late last year sent "meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel," the <i>Guardian</i> said, threatening to flood the precious seeds in what's officially …

Global Warming

When the World Is Led by a Child

At certain times Donald Trump has seemed like a budding authoritarian, a corrupt Nixon, a rabble-rousing populist or a big business corporatist.<p>But as Trump has settled into his White House role, he has given a series of long interviews, and when you study the transcripts it becomes clear that …

Donald Trump