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Pressure to Allow GMO Farming in Tasmania

The state government says it is planning legislation to extend the ban on genetically modified farming when it expires later this year. But Tasmania's powerful poppy industry, the world's largest supplier of pharmaceutical grade opiates for painkillers, is strongly lobbying for the moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMO) to be lifted...

July 17, 2014

Nevada Celebrates Pollinator Week

The title of this article probably is an overstatement. Perhaps instead it should have been ‘a small subset of people in Reno, and possibly in Vegas (because everything you can think of exists there) celebrated pollinators for a week...

July 16, 2014 — Felicity Muth
Baby Mountain Gorillas Celebrated by 40,000 People in Rwanda

Baby Mountain Gorillas Celebrated by 40,000 People in Rwanda

Well I just found something to add to my bucket list. Earlier this month 40,000 people gathered in Rwanda for the 10th Kwita Izina, the annual ceremony that celebrates and names all of the known mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) born during the previous year in the Virunga National Park Transboundary Collaboration, which stretches across [...]..

July 16, 2014 — John R. Platt

Desert Dust Feeds Deep Ocean Life

Dust from the Sahara Desert provides most of the iron found in the Atlantic Ocean, according to research that also sheds light on how the oceans help sequester carbon dioxide

July 16, 2014 — Tim Radford and The Daily Climate

Wild Sex: Beyond the Birds and the Bees

Joy Reidenberg, comparative anatomist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, talks about her new PBS series Sex in the Wild , about the sex lives of elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins...

July 15, 2014 — Steve Mirsky

Landlocked Polar Bears Find New Prey

As Arctic ice—and access to seals living there—disappears, polar bears show they can adapt to a land-based diet of geese, eggs and the occasional caribou

July 15, 2014 — Douglas Fischer and The Daily Climate

Biodiversity Hotspots Getting Hotter (and That's Not Good)

Biodiversity hotspots are golden places on earth where the number and diversity of animals and plants is exceptional. Environmentalists say that hotspots are the most critical of all places to protect against the ill effects of human development and climate change...

July 15, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
DNA Finds New Octopus Species Hiding in Plain Sight

DNA Finds New Octopus Species Hiding in Plain Sight

Describing a new species for science is not quite as easy as it was in the days of 17th- or 18th-century naturalists. But that just means we have to look a little more closely.

July 15, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Critics Slam Reports of a "Polar Vortex" in July

Years ago on Saturday Night Live, Gilda Radner played a little old lady, Emily Litella, who came onto the Weekend Update news set to deliver an editorial about a burning issue of the day—only she didn't quite have the correct terminology...

July 14, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
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