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How Microbes Can Build Electric Grids

New research demonstrates that bacteria exploit conducting minerals in their environment to shuttle electrons between species, allowing greater growth

June 4, 2012 — David Biello

How to Feed the World While Earth Cooks

A conference on feeding the world must also feed itself. Having attended more than my share of such conferences, I can say that the norm is keynotes that rally the troops in favor of organics while said troops munch on tortilla or potato chips...

May 8, 2012 — David Biello

How Biodiversity Keeps Earth Alive

Species loss lessens the total amount of biomass on a given parcel, suggesting that the degree of diversity directly impacts the amount of life the planet can support

May 3, 2012 — David Biello

Royal Society Calls for Redistribution of Wealth and More Birth Control to Save Planet

During the 352-year life span of the Royal Society, the human population has risen from less than one billion people to seven billion and counting. That boom has been supported by science and technology—Watt's coal-fired steam engine, Haber and Bosch synthesizing nitrogen fertilizer, Fleming's discovery of penicillin—and continues today as the world's population expands at the rate of 78 million people per year.Now the Royal Society wants the world to do something about population growth in a bid to stave off environmental and economic calamity, according to a new report dubbed "People and the Planet" released on April 26...

April 26, 2012 — David Biello
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