NASA’s Trial Polar Rover Studies One of the Harshest Places on Earth NASA recently concluded a successful six-week test of a prototype polar rover near the highest point in Greenland, where the robotic vehicle traversed icy terrain in temperatures of minus 30 Celsius to help scientists learn more about how ice sheets are faring in the changing climate — without having to break for hot cocoa. Greenland’s ice sheets are an important area of research because if they melt, the Earth will reflect less of the sun’s energy and warm more quickly. The rover — dubbed GROVER, for Goddard Remote Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research or simply Greenland Rover — was first developed by engineering students who participated in Goddard Flight Center’s boot camp in 2010 and 2011. NASA has subsequently funded fine-tuning of the vehicle at Boise State University under the guidance of geoscientist Hans-Peter Marshall.
Bizarre GMO wheat mystery in Oregon Seeds are usually only guaranteed for one year; after that, the percentage of those that won't germinate tends to climb. Tends to. Scientists have successfully germinated seeds from medieval trash dumps, from plants covered over in the last ice age, and from every other source you'd think were too old. Heck, I overplanted pumpkins this year, thinking that my fairly old seeds would have a high failure rate. Instead, nearly all of the seeds I planted took, and now I can't walk through half my garden without playing Twister.
Importance of BEES Colony collapse - Educate YourselfEducate Yourself Updated May 7, 2013, 6:22 p.m. ETBee Deaths Put Crops at RiskMounting Toll on Pollinating Insects Imperils Over $20 Billion a Year in Harvests By BILL TOMSON and RYAN TRACY A USDA study released Tuesday reports that 31% of bee colonies died this past winter. Here, a honey collection in Homestead, Fla., last month. The winter of 2012-13 was another rough one for honeybees, threatening an industry that is integral to a large part of fruit and vegetable production in the U.S.
Consequences of increased global meat consumption on the global environment By Cassandra Brooks While the global meat industry provides food and a livelihood for billions of people, it also has significant environmental and health consequences for the planet. Experts predict that the worldwide consumption of pork, beef, poultry and other livestock will double by 2020, although this prediction may be dampened by the recent economic downturn. A team of Stanford University researchers has been assessing the environmental impact of the meat industry in light of this inevitable growth and is offering solutions to this global challenge. "People aren't going to stop eating meat," said Harold A.
The mysterious fairy circles of Namibia I wonder if it could be damage of some kind caused by insect larvae in the ground like the Chinch bug? Yeah, it's a long shot, but the possibility of giant bug larvae under African soil is just too tantalising! Having said that, Namibia does have a big freaking desert, so it's probably a part of desertification process.
5 ways to help our disappearing bees In the spring and summer, thoughts naturally turn to the birds and the bees. Except, the bee seems to be in trouble. You've probably heard about colony collapse disorder (CCD) or vanishing bee syndrome, the mysterious and rather dramatic die-off of domesticated honeybees in Europe and North America. Scientists aren't really sure what's going on yet. All that's known for sure is our bee colonies are suddenly disappearing. Affected bees simply leave the hive and don't come back, making diagnosis of the problem even more difficult. Galapagos Goats Exterminated: Capricide on a Pacific Island If you've ever wanted a job as a professional goat-murderer, sorry, but you've missed your chance. Now please stay far away from us and try to get some help. A team of conservationists have successfully exterminated the invasive Galapagos goats on Santiago, completing a four year campaign of capricide on the Pacific island.
We have absolutely no clue what built this crazy-complex structure I know what this is! It's an arachnid Jurassic Park! Just look at the third picture! Whatever is in the middle, it's not being protected from us. The Great Honeybee Conspiracy Health Wire Posted by Jimmy Mengel - Thursday, December 16th, 2010 The humble honey bee is getting its fair share of buzz this year — which doesn't bode particularly well for the species, or American agriculture as a whole. Florida’s 'red tide' is killing manatees in record numbers Ah, Veggie Tales. Indoctrinating Children into False Belief everywhere. The parents who show this to their kids should be done for child abuse. There are worse things in the world, and the silly songs are really really funny :) My wife is Mormon and I'm in recovery from Mormonism. You do the math on how that conversation would go to stop listening to Veggie Tales :D