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April 22, 2014
Chickens to chili peppers
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Apr 23, 2014
Suddenly there was a word for chili peppers. Information about archaeological remains of ancient chili peppers in Mexico along with a study of the appearance of words for chili peppers in ancient dialects helped researchers to understand where jalapenos were domesticated and highlight the value of multi-proxy data analysis. Their results are from one (Kraig Kraft et al.) of nine papers presented in a special feature issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on plant and animal d ... read more
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Researchers question published no-till soil organic carbon sequestration rates
For the past 20 years, researchers have published soil organic carbon sequestration rates. Many of the research findings have suggested that soil organic carbon can be sequestered by simply switchin ... more

New technique will accelerate genetic characterization of photosynthesis
Photosynthesis provides fixed carbon and energy for nearly all life on Earth, yet many aspects of this fascinating process remain mysterious. For example, little is known about how it is regulated i ... more

Researchers question emergency water treatment guidelines
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) recommendations for treating water after a natural disaster or other emergencies call for more chlorine bleach than is necessary to kill disease-causing ... more


Genetic study tackles mystery of slow plant domestications
"The Modern View of Domestication," a special feature of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published April 29, raises a number of startling questions about a transition in o ... more


Building Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World
A new study shows that soybean plants can be redesigned to increase crop yields while requiring less water and helping to offset greenhouse gas warming. The study is the first to demonstrate that a ... more
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The story of animal domestication retold
Many of our ideas about domestication derive from Charles Darwin, whose ideas in turn were strongly influenced by British animal-breeding practices during the 19th century, a period when landowners ... more

Study shows lasting effects of drought in rainy eastern US
This spring, more than 40 percent of the western U.S. is in a drought that the USDA deems "severe" or "exceptional." The same was true in 2013. In 2012, drought even spread to the humid east. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Nanoparticles Create Skinny Solar Cells

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur

Wireless power transfer achieved at 5-meter distance

Surprising material could play role in saving energy

Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue

Research Underway For Companion Plants To PV

Thinnest feasible membrane produced


Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century
The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Developmen ... more

Significant baseline levels of arsenic found in soil throughout Ohio are due to natural processes
Geologic and soil processes are to blame for significant baseline levels of arsenic in soil throughout Ohio, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Environmental Quality. Th ... more

Predicting bioavailable cadmium levels in soils
New Zealand's pastoral landscapes are some of the loveliest in the world, but they also contain a hidden threat. Many of the country's pasture soils have become enriched in cadmium. Grasses take up ... more
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Recycling industrial waste water
A research group composed of Dr. Martin Prechtl, Leo Heim and their colleagues at the University of Cologne's Department of Chemistry has discovered a new method of generating hydrogen using water a ... more

Building Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World
A new study shows that soybean plants can be redesigned to increase crop yields while requiring less water and helping to offset greenhouse gas warming. The study is the first to demonstrate that a ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Sweden to boost military spending over Ukraine crisis

'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed out

US 'closely watching' for signs of N.Korea nuclear test

Lockheed Martin Team's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Tops 100,000 Testing Miles During EMD Phase

Ukraine relaunches anti-rebel operation after Biden leaves

Ukraine military plane hit by gunfire above rebel-held town

Sikorsky, Army demonstrate optionally piloted Black Hawk


Shade grown coffee shrinking as a proportion of global coffee production
The proportion of land used to cultivate shade grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996, according to a new study by s ... more

New study reveals more about our relationship to food
Tucked away in Hartford, Connecticut, a Puerto Rican community is creating a tropical home away from home through cuisine that is so authentic it has caught the attention of scientists. David W. Tay ... more

Dormant plant seeds allow fore greater species diversity
Seeds that sprout quickly are a boon for farmers and gardeners who value productivity and efficiency, but if diversity is your bag, then you'll want to stick with wild plants featuring especially dormant seeds. ... more
NASA Sees Earth From Orbit In 2013

Egyptian sensing satellite placed in orbit

NASA calls on Earthlings to celebrate Earth Day with #GlobalSelfie

World's First Satellite Communicator with Built-In Navigation

Russia's Glonass system fails second time in April

Facebook rolls out 'nearby friends' feature

Five Anthropogenic Factors That Will Radically Alter Northern Forests in 50 Years

Deforestation could intensify climate change in Congo Basin by half

Illegal logging widespread in Peru, says study

Rethink education to fuel bioeconomy

Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue

Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city


China says massive area of its soil polluted
A huge area of China's soil covering more than twice the size of Spain is estimated to be polluted, the government said Thursday, announcing findings of a survey previously kept secret. ... more

Pioneering findings on the dual role of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis
Researchers at Umea University have found that carbon dioxide, in its ionic form bicarbonate, has a regulating function in the splitting of water in photosynthesis. This means that carbon dioxide ha ... more

Water users can reduce the risk of spreading invasive species
Foreign species that are devastating water ecosystems could be "hitchhiking" around Britain on canoeists' and anglers' kit, according to a new study. Invaders like the killer shrimp, zebra mus ... more

Danone says China recall weighs on first-quarter sales
French dairy food giant Danone reported on Wednesday a slide in first quarter sales as it struggles to turn around its Chinese business amid volatility in currency markets. ... more
Space News from
Arianespace's Vega launcher receives its "upper composite" for this month's launch

Upside-down planet reveals new method for studying binary star systems

45th Space Wing supports third SpaceX Launch for ISS Resupply mission

China issues first assessment on space activities

Robonaut from the ISS gets new legs for Easter

Exoplanets Soon to Gleam in the Eye of NESSI

Russia to Test Launch New Angara Rocket June 25


Oyster aquaculture could significantly improve Potomac River estuary water quality


GM crops under the microscope at international debate


Farming for improved ecosystem services seen as economically feasible


Japan culls 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak


Camels emit less methane than cows or sheep


Unity is strength in the marketing of smallholder farm produce


Climate: Farming emissions to rise 30% by 2050


Chinese man covered with 460,000 bees for honey stunt


UC Geographers Develop a System to Track the Dynamics of Drought


Tracking Sugar Movement in Plants

Chinese pork firm $5.3 bn IPO set to be the biggest in a year

Field study shows why food quality will suffer with rising CO2

The tiniest greenhouse gas emitters

UN warns of drought crisis in Syria

Cyprus opens sewage plant in rare cross-communal effort

Not so dirty: Methane fuels life in pristine chalk rivers

Taking action to deliver agriculture growth, jobs, food security in face of climate change

Urban gardeners may be unaware of how best to manage contaminants in soil

Scientists say new computer model amounts to a lot more than a hill of beans

Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road

Crop feasibility should be investigated before promoted to farmers

US diners gorge on oysters as polluted bay revives

The science of champagne fizz: How many bubbles are in your bubbly?

Meeting climate targets may require reducing meat and dairy consumption

Using different scents to attract or repel insects

Calcium waves help the roots tell the shoots

Scientists ID Genes that Could Lead to Tough, Disease-Resistant Varieties of Rice

A new approach to detecting changes in GM foods

Damaging effects of biochar on plant defence casts doubt on geoengineering claims

Attracting wild bees to farms is a good insurance policy

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