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Pesticides in the Water

I live on Earth, so caring about what happens here makes sense. I’ve talked about enlightened self-interest, Yeats, Ehrlich, and getting a grip, before. Often, actually. (February 17, 2017; January 20, 2017; September 16, 2016; August 12, 2016) A news … Continue reading

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Olive Threat, Ginkgo Genome

Something’s killing Europe’s olive trees: a bacterium that’s probably spread by insects. Scientists don’t know how to stop the disease, not yet. Other scientists analyzed the Ginkgo genome. What they found helps explain the tree’s remarkable endurance. Olive Quick Decline … Continue reading

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Sweet Potatoes, Genes, and Long Life

One woman decided to take a road trip after learning she had a terminal illness. Another switched careers. Both choices make sense, given the circumstances. This year’s World Food Prize goes to a team who developed a new sweet potato, … Continue reading

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Early Agriculture, New Tech

‘Genetics news’ caught my eye this week. DNA from barley that’s been sitting in a cave for six millennia is helping scientists learn about agriculture’s origins. A fits-in-your-hand Biomolecule Sequencer is at the International Space Station. If it works, folks … Continue reading

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