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Raindrops Spread Crop Disease [Video]

Raindrops Spread Crop Disease [Video]

Farmers testify that certain crop diseases like wheat rust seem to spread much farther and faster after a rainstorm. Researchers had various ideas on why this might be the case.

February 4, 2015 — Mark Fischetti
Humans Cross Another Danger Line for the Planet

Humans Cross Another Danger Line for the Planet

Five years go an impressive, international group of scientists unveiled nine biological and environmental "boundaries" that humankind should not cross in order to keep the earth a livable place...

January 15, 2015 — Mark Fischetti
Who Eats Whom under the Arctic Sea Ice [Video]

Who Eats Whom under the Arctic Sea Ice [Video]

San Francisco — Although polar bears and seals have become the poster children for vanishing sea ice in the Arctic, they have thrived for a long time.

December 17, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Less Sleep Means More Stress for Teens

Teens stay up late at night and sleep late into the morning, a result of a natural shift in their circadian rhythms. That biological schedule puts them at odds with the adult world, as well as early start times for high school...

December 10, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Robot Athletes Got Game [Video]

From baseball to billiards, robots are improving their play, even competing in the RoboCup and RoboGames

November 27, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
Ratio of Workers to Retirees Will Plummet Worldwide

Ratio of Workers to Retirees Will Plummet Worldwide

As a nation's population ages, more and more older people may draw from support systems such as Social Security, yet fewer workers may be around to pay into those systems.

November 18, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
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End of Summer Sale

End of Summer Sale