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The Plight of the Honeybee

Billions of dollars—and a way of life—ride on saving pollinators.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>Bees are back in the news this spring, if not back in fields pollinating this summer's crops. The European Union (EU) has announced that it will ban, for two years,</b> …

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Istanbul teenager Elif Bilgin wanted to find an alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastic production.<p>So she developed a way to make bio-plastic from discarded banana peels.<p>Her efforts won her this year's "Science in Action" award.<p>Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Bilgin about her invention.

how to beat carrot fly

I'd like to point out once and for all that carrot tops are green. A lifetime of taunts has left my relations with carrots in tatters. Add carrot fly …

You Can Do It! First-Time Vegetable Gardening for the Black-Thumbed

Some of you may feel like no matter what you try to grow, it dies. Too much water, not enough water, too much sun, too much shade, or… it just dies …

New Herb Species Discovered in Malaysia

A new species of perennial herb has been described from Peninsular Malaysia. <i>Ridleyandra chuana</i> is endemic to the region and only known from two small …

Madagascar Species No Longer Evolving At Breakneck Speed

Have we reached peak lemur?<p>Madagascar is home to an amazing diversity of animals; though it has only 1 percent of the world's land mass, 3 percent of the world's plant and animals species are found there, and many are like nothing else on the planet. But a new study finds that there might be a …

New Snow Scorpionfly Species Discovered in Alaska

Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Derek Sikes and Jill Stockbridge) discovered a strange new insect on Prince of Wales Island, …

Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

You've probably seen the labels on meat in the store: "Raised without antibiotics." They're a selling point for people who don't like how many drugs are used on chickens, turkey, hogs and beef cattle.<p>Activist groups, as well as prominent medical organizations, are calling for stricter rules on how …

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Heavy Rains Send Iowa's Precious Soil Downriver

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, the Midwest was heading into one of the worst droughts in decades. Now much of the region is soggy.<p>But the biggest loser from this year's heavy rains? The land itself.<p>The Environmental Working Group, drawing on analysis done by Iowa State …

Baby Pudu, World's Smallest Deer, Born at Queens Zoo

An endangered southern pudu, (<i>Pudu puda</i>), was born at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo. The southern pudu, native to Chile and …

Bull fertility may hinge on gene diversity - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — In trying to understand dwindling fertility rates in cattle, researchers find …

Oil Drilling May Make Midwest More Vulnerable To Earthquakes

New findings on what human activities are able to trigger earthquakes, and what kinds of quakes we may be setting off<p>In the past few years, scientists have linked an oil-and-gas industry practice, called wastewater injection, to increased earthquakes in normally quiet places like Oklahoma and …

Watch A Farmer Fight Wildfire With A Tractor

DIY wildfire defense<p>A wildfire had already burned 20 to 30 acres of Colorado farmer Eric Howard's 80-acre plot Monday when he hopped into his tractor and began drawing an improvised firebreak, a gap in the ground used to slow fires by separating them from vegetation. In Howard's case, it worked: …

Interspecies transplant works in first step for new diabetes therapy

In the first step toward animal-to-human transplants of insulin-producing cells for people with type 1 diabetes, scientists have successfully …

Interspecies Transplants Could Help Diabetes Patients, Shows Study

Researchers at Northwestern University this week revealed that they have successfully transplanted insulin-producing cells called islets from one …

Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Foster Farms Chicken

The U.S. has few farmers. So why does Congress love farm subsidies?

This week, House Republicans passed a rather unusual farm bill. There was no money for food stamps for the poor, a program that typically makes up the bulk of these bills. But the House did <i></i>manage to pass billions in subsidies for farmers and agribusinesses.<p>Ideology probably can't explain this vote …

Republicans Cut Food Stamps From Farm Bill, So What's The Big Deal?

Around every five years, an agricultural bill – the main tool of farming policy in the United States, is passed by Congress. Being under the purview of the Department of Agriculture, food stamp funding has been part of this farm bill since 1973.<p>On Thursday, however, House Republicans pushed through …

The Collapse Of The Honeybee Industry Could Cost Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars

One-third of the food we eat depends on insect pollination, mostly by honeybees that are raised and managed by beekeepers.<p>The value of insect pollinators on world agricultural production, which accounts for their role in producing better quality and quantity of harvests, was estimated at $208 …

Most Earthlike Planets Found Yet: A "Breakthrough"

New exoplanets are at right distance from sun to support life, scientists say.<p><b>Planet hunters are significantly closer to their goal of finding an "Earth twin" with the discovery of two planets similar in size to our own, astronomers with NASA's Kepler mission announced today.</b><p>The planets, described …