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India government panel clears GM mustard but hurdles remain: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A government panel has cleared commercial use of what would be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, but the political establishment will still have to give final approvals amid wide-spread public opposition to the technology.

A strong market for financial advisors

For LPL Financial Chief Executive Mark Casady, one key to success is not losing sight of your game plan in the midst of distractions. It’s advice that can be applied to investing or to running a business. Over the last couple of years, there have been more than a few distractions for LPL Financial,...

Essential Politics: The 'alt-right' officially enters the campaign

Hillary Clinton today will go after Donald Trump in a new way, tying him to fringe groups that she will say have fueled his rise and damaged the nation’s political discourse. I’m Christina Bellantoni, and today’s Essential Politics begins with Clinton in Reno, Nev., known as "The Biggest Little...

'Blunt discrimination' by police and 'crisis levels' of racism: A senior U.N. official reflects on America

It’s not every day that a senior United Nations official reprimands the U.S. for its race relations, saying the country is “struggling to live up to its ideals” on equality, that “blunt discrimination” by police against black Americans has reached “crisis levels,” and that Congress is “dysfunctional”...

Fish May Lose Their Jelly Friends in a Changing Ocean

In the open ocean, it's good to have friends. Some young fish like to buddy up with stinging jellies to stay safe from predators. Hiding under the shelter of a jellyfish's bell, they can grow up unharmed (as long as they dodge its tentacles). Show More Summary

Earth’s Magnetic Field: Old or Very, Very Old?

Scientists disagree about how long our planet has sported he magnetic armor that makes it habitable.

How I Helped Turn Carbon Dioxide into Stone

To halt climate change and prevent dangerous warming, we ultimately have to stop pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. While the world is making slow progress on reducing emissions, there are more radical options, such as removing...Show More Summary

The Key Enzymes Behind Methane-Munching Microbial Communities

Stable isotope probing proteomics (proteomic SIP) combines advanced analytical technology, computational wizardry, and experimental design to address one of microbial ecology’s most fundamental questions: which organisms are presentShow More Summary

Ecosystem Engineers on Ice

Cryoconite holes in the world’s glaciers harbor miniature environments that could vanish as the slabs melt away.

The Story Behind the World's Highest Sky Dive

A year and a half ago, Alan Eustace, a Google senior vice president at the time, set an impressive record. With an exhilarating 14-minute journey from the upper stratosphere to the New Mexican desert, Eustace gained the title of world’s...Show More Summary

How Atomic Tracers Illuminate Microbial Dark Matter in the Deep Sea

Microorganisms are the base of the planet’s biological pyramid, shaping the world we know today in innumerable unseen ways. Nearly everywhere scientists have looked - from subglacial Antarctic lakes to acidic rivers and the ocean’s depths - microbes persist. Show More Summary

The Doomsday Clock in Fiction and Reality

A nuclear-armed Pakistani aircraft crashes just over the Indian border and the situation is about to spiral out of control. In Washington D.C., nuclear physicists and geopolitical analysts belonging to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists are...Show More Summary

Feeling the Heat: The Surprisingly Simple Environmental Factor Controlling Biology

Being alive is a constant challenge. You have to find food, nutrients, and energy; you have to outcompete at least some of your pushy neighbors; you have to avoid being someone else’s lunch; and you have to deal with environmental challenges...Show More Summary

Parched Zimbabwe faces dire water shortages as new dry season nears

GUTAURARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The only dam in this small-scale farming community in eastern Zimbabwe used to provide water for both people and cattle. Now, dried to a dirty puddle, it is a source of competition rather than refreshment.

Major Challenges Face the National Park Service in Its Next Century

(This is the third in a series of posts this week commemorating the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service.) To be sure, the National Park Service has much to celebrate as it observes its 100th birthday.  The Park Service oversees a stunning and diverse set of national parks, monuments, historic and […]

With new climate legislation, Gov. Jerry Brown gets even with the oil industry

Gov. Jerry Brown got mad and one year later has gotten even with the oil lobby. It’s a textbook example of what can happen in a representative democracy when a leader is willing to settle for realistic goals. It’s what results when one doesn’t get too greedy and agrees to compromise. It’s also...

'A real commitment backed up by real power': Gov. Jerry Brown to sign sweeping new climate legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown marked a milestone for California’s climate change policies Wednesday even as he warned of more battles to come, saying opponents of new environmental regulations were “vanquished” as lawmakers approved tougher plans for cracking down on greenhouse gas emissions. "This is a real...

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world's first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.  Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo,...

Does AB 197 Mean the End of Cap and Trade in California?

As Ethan’s post  recounts, the California Assembly today passed AB 197, a bill linked to SB 32, which extends California’s climate goals to 2030 and requires emissions reductions by that year of 40 percent below 1990 levels (see my post from yesterday describing the bills and how they are linked).  The passage of the two […]

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