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Safeguarding the future of food security

Tucked away beneath the rolling Sussex countryside, crate upon crate of bloated, brown paper bags are piled high. Fastened with a clerical bulldog clip and neatly labelled, the unassuming exteriors belie their import. For within these bland wrappers are crucial tools for safeguarding our food …

Hurricanes May Threaten Cities Like Never Before as Tropics Expand, Study Finds

Hurricanes and tropical storms are reaching their peak intensity closer to the poles, migrating at about 30 miles per decade, according to a new …

Hurricane hiatus: Will the USA's luck run out this year?

Will this be the year the USA's luck runs out?<p>With the Atlantic hurricane season starting June 1, the nation is enjoying two record streaks for a lack of hurricanes: It's been nine years since the last hit from a "major" hurricane and also nine years since a hurricane of any sort hit Florida, …

Reddit Goes Bananas Over Little Boy's Curious Request

Sometimes, it only takes a piece of fruit and a hungry kid to create a new meme.<p>A curious and hungry young boy named Carter knocked on his neighbor's …

The Man Who Literally Built 'Star Wars'

Set decorator Roger Christian tells us what it was like making George Lucas's dreams out of scrap metal<p><b>PLUS: The Art of Star Wars: See Exclusive Storyboards from the Original Trilogy</b><p><b>One of the most memorable elements</b> of the original <i>Star Wars</i> in 1977 wasn't the story, or characters, or even the …

Prototypes

Another Reason To Be Jealous Of Lorde's Hair: She Can Go 6 Weeks Without Washing It

Some might think that Lorde's greatest achievement to date is landing a number one single at the age of 16 -- don't even try to tell us that "Royals" isn't stuck in your head at this very moment. But we think we've uncovered an even greater accomplishment on the part of the teen pop idol: …

What Is It About Bees And Hexagons?

Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you've been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud ... ) Why is every cell in this honeycomb a hexagon?<p>Bees, …

Back on Earth, Chris Hadfield ‘tottering around like an old man'

He now feels like an old man, his arteries stiffer, his bones more porous and his body so weak he's forced to sit down when he showers.<p>After nearly five months in orbit, Chris Hadfield is re-adapting to gravity, getting used to the weight of his tongue in his mouth, being poked and prodded in a …