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Unification could be good for North Korea, RAND report asserts

(RAND Corporation) A new RAND report identifies the likely concerns of North Korean elites about their possible fates under various unification scenarios and recommends actions that the Republic of Korea (ROK), also known as South Korea, could take now to help North Korean elites feel more positive about, or at least less resistant to, unification.

Food security: the gene banks future-proofing Australian agriculture | The future of farming

At the start of our Future of farming series on sustainable agribusiness we show how two gene banks, living libraries of all the seeds and grains in Australia, are designed to safeguard the species • The invisible farmers: the youngShow More Summary

Yawn-off! We got ourselves a yawn-off everyone! Male sarcastic...

Yawn-off! We got ourselves a yawn-off everyone! Male sarcastic fringeheads use their massive jaws to size up their rivals—sadly for the more thoughtful fringeheads, the guy with the biggest mouth usually wins…

Good news: We’re going to Mars. Bad news: During Trump’s second term

The Washington Post: What we are reporting here isn’t fake news. But it doesn’t feel exactly like real news, either. It’s in that foggy realm of Trump news in which everything is slightly ambiguous and wobbly and internally inconsistent and almost certainly improvisational and not actually grounded in what you could call “government policy.” LOL…

Programming in Small Basic

Learn to Program with Small Basic: An Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math is yet another addition to the growing list of programming books for people interesting in learning programming. Basic is an under-appreciated language. I wish I had a good basic compiler handy, and I’d love to see a basic scripting…

A chicken-egg question: Where do baby genes come from?

(University of Arizona) New genes are more likely to emerge full-fledged from a genome's 'junk' DNA than many scientists would have expected, according to new research by UA evolutionary biologists.

Wasps and wine: Paper wasps contribute to sour rot disease, a scourge of wine industry

(Tufts University) New research led by Tufts University shows that the invasive European paper wasp, Polistes dominulus, plays a role in facilitating sour rot disease in the absence of other insects.

Barley genome sequenced

(University of California - Riverside) Looking for a better beer or single malt Scotch whiskey? A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside may have you covered. They are among a group of 77 scientists worldwide who have sequenced the complete genome of barley, a key ingredient in beer and single malt Scotch. Show More Summary

Wasps and wine: Paper wasps contribute to sour rot disease, a scourge of wine industry

Come harvest season, wine makers have grown accustomed to looking for the telltale signs of a common but devastating threat: black mold and spores combined with a distinct acidic smell. These symptoms are associated with grape sour rot...Show More Summary

Barley genome sequenced

Looking for a better beer or single malt Scotch whiskey? A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside may have you covered. They are among a group of 77 scientists worldwide who have sequenced the complete genome of barley, a key ingredient in beer and single malt Scotch. The research, 10 years in the making, was just published in the journal Nature.

Two! Four! Six! Eight! Who do we appreciate? OUR...

Two! Four! Six! Eight! Who do we appreciate?  OUR VOLUNTEERS!  Over 1,500 volunteers make our work of ocean conservation possible—do you have any volunteer stories from the Aquarium you’d like to share?

Bare bones: Making bones transparent

(California Institute of Technology) A new bone clearing technique is a breakthrough for testing osteoporosis drugs.

Temple researchers uncover vital role for mitochondrial calcium exchange in heart function

(Temple University Health System) Scientists have long thought that calcium transport into mitochondria is a key signal linking cardiac workload, or how hard the heart pumps, with energy production. Now, in a major breakthrough, researchers...Show More Summary

Simple treatment for severe bleeding could save lives of mothers around the world

(London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) An inexpensive and widely available drug could save the lives of one in three mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth, according to a major study published in The Lancet and coordinated by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Show More Summary

Limited gene flow between two Bengal tiger populations in the western Himalayan foothills

The flow of genes between Bengal tigers in two reserves of the Terai Arc Landscape in western Himalayan foothills is too low, according to a study published April 26, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Surendra Prakash Goyal from Wildlife Institute of India, India, and colleagues.

Can aromatherapy calm competition horses?

Although studies suggest that inhaling certain scents may reduce stress in humans, aromatherapy is relatively unexplored in veterinary medicine. But new research presented today at the American Physiological Society (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago raises the question of whether aromatherapy may be beneficial to horses as well.

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Private Lives of Animals: Prehistoric Animals - Part 3

Since we've already looked at everything that's more important, let us now turn to the Cenozoic mammals of the wonderful Private Lives of Animals book on extinct beasties. And where better to begin than with a ground sloth with hairShow More Summary

Pincer-wielding 507m-year-old fossil sheds light on evolution of crabs

Mandibulates, a group that includes crustaceans and insects, show huge diversity – Tokummia katalepsis could be the missing link that explains why A fossilised ancient creature boasting huge pincers resembling can-openers, a hinged two-piece...Show More Summary

Conservation endocrinology sheds light on a changing world

As species rapidly adapt to altered landscapes and a warming climate, scientists and stakeholders need new techniques to monitor ecological responses and plan future conservation efforts. Writing in BioScience, Stephen McCormick of the...Show More Summary

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