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‘The Blood of Lynching Victims Is in This Soil.’

By preserving soil from sites where blacks died from lynchings, a museum aims to help America acknowledge the racist brutality in its past.<p>The color palette inside the jars is an array of browns. The rich, red clay found throughout Alabama, where men and women did backbreaking work from before …

New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

<b>US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples.</b><p>The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes.<p>Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to …

Microbiology

University of Arizona researchers make soil from scratch to fight global warming

What researcher learn can stave off rising global temperatures and climate change.

Geoscience

Earthworms Reproduce in Simulated Mars Soil—a First

Scientists hope that common earthworms could one day be used to help humans grow crops on the red planet.<p>A number of conditions make Earth hospitable for life as we know it, and one of them is the soil in which we grow our food. It's full of a complicated mix of nutrients, bacteria, and fungi that …

There's a problem with this huge mound of soil next to the Manchester Airport relief road. It's not huge enough.

An argument over the size of a mound of soil has further muddied the waters for the Manchester Airport relief road.<p>The road will run from the A6 in …

How the largest European soil dataset was born

Ten years of planning and sampling has led to the creation of the largest harmonised European soil dataset, and the Joint Research Centre, the …

Ecology

London soil pollution worst on former Blitz bomb sites

The UK capital’s soil bears a poisonous legacy from the Blitz bombing campaign – with calcium, lead and zinc pollution highest in the most heavily …

Creative Commons Attribution

Cornell artists win global soil painting competition

A soil painting created by Cornellians won first prize in the university category of a global soil painting competition.

Art

Some Plants Grow Well in Martian Soil

Astrobiology students cultivated leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and even hops in simulated Martian dirt.The post Some Plants Grow Well in Martian Soil …

Gardening

Soil matters more than you think

Organic retailer Annie's Homegrown unearths the food industry's unique opportunity to tackle climate change.

Farming

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TANG DONGHUA, a wiry 47-year-old farmer wearing a Greenpeace T-shirt, smokes a cigarette and gesticulates towards his paddy fields in the hills of …

In the hunt for new antibiotics, scientists hit pay dirt

Scientists have discovered a new kind of antibiotic — buried in dirt. Tests in animals show that it is effective against drug-resistant bacteria, and it could lead to desperately needed treatments for deadly antibiotic-resistant infections.<p>Almost our entire arsenal of antibiotics was discovered in …

Microbiology

Humans alter Earth's chemistry from beyond the grave

It's not only in life that humans leave their mark on Nature. In death, our decomposing corpses alter the chemistry of precious soil, scientists …

Nordstrom sells jeans, jacket with fake mud on them for $425 each; Critics let loose

Nordstrom has lit the internet on fire with an expensive product that many are calling ridiculous.<p>On its website, the department store is selling a …

Hundreds of mysterious ancient earthworks found in the Amazon

<b>Deforestation has revealed the large geometrical geoglyphs built over 2,000 years ago – their discovery holds valuable lessons for today.</b><p>The Amazon …

Earthworm numbers dwindle, threatening soil health | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 30.01.2017

Earthworms help recuperate soil and enrich it with much needed minerals. But environmentalists are concerned as earthworms have come under threat …

Farming

How Africans Are Saving Their Own Soil

An archaeologist stumbles on a hidden farming practice that's been passed down through generations. Here's how it works.<p>For hundreds of years, parts of sub-Saharan Africa have suffered from poor soil. Weather, shifting populations, and slash-and-burn practices have left wide swaths of land …

In 1918, California drafted children into a gruesome war on squirrels

In April 1918, as American doughboys faced down the Germans in France, California's schoolchildren were enlisted to open a new Western Front. "We have enemies here at home more destructive, perhaps, than some of the enemies our boys are fighting in the trenches," state horticulture commissioner …

Squirrels

Meet the World’s Coolest Ant

How did an ant adapt to the 120-degree Saharan heat?<p>Most animals seek shade when temperatures in the Sahara soar to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Saharan silver ants seek lunch, skittering from underground lairs into the sun’s brutal rays to scavenge animal carcasses. In 2015 they were joined by …

Earthworm Dave breaks records, is euthanized 'for science'

LONDON — At 40cm (15.7in) long and weighing approximately 26g, an earthworm named Dave has entered UK record books as the largest ever found in …

Martin Roth makes indoor lawns by growing real grass on aging Persian rugs

Austrian-born artist Martin Roth is also a part-time landscaper, in a way. Roth creates temporary indoor lawns by growing real grass on worn Persian …

Gardening

The largest living thing on Earth is mostly hidden from view

The world's largest living thing is even bigger than a blue whale (the largest animal living now).<p>Meet Armillaria ostoyae, or, as it's nicknamed, the Humongous Fungus.<p>It's an organism that covers 2,385 acres (almost 4 square miles) of the Malheur National Forest in Oregon.<p>But it's a lot more …

Blue Whale

This Digging Robot Will Help Mine Mars for All It's Worth

Because colonizing Mars will require us to harness the resources that are already there.<p>Elon Musk and his private spaceflight company SpaceX recently outlined their plan to make space travel to Mars an affordable reality—just $500,000 for a one-way ticket to the Red Planet. To shuttle people to …

South African teen wins Google prize for orange peel innovation

<b>A 16-year-old South African schoolgirl has won the grand prize at Google's science fair for using orange peel to develop a cheap super-absorbent material to help soil retain water.</b><p>Kiara Nirghin beat students from around the world for a $50,000 (£38,000) scholarship with her "fighting drought with …

South Africa

New Bee Species Drills Nests Out of Solid Rock

Even when softer earth is available for home-building, these bees prefer the hard stuff.<p>Photo: The bee species Anthophora pueblo excavates its nests …

Saving water with superabsorbent polymers

Soil conditioners called superabsorbent polymers have the potential to reduce irrigation needs for agricultural crops by storing water and nutrients …

Qatar seeks soil from Iran, Iran rejects

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200,000 year old soil found at mysterious crater, a 'gate to the subterranean world'

Batagaika started to form in 1960s after a chunk of forest was cleared: the land sunk, and has continued to do so, evidently speeded by recent warmer …