Report IDs 'major weaknesses' at nuclear-arms lab
One of the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratories is being called out by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy for "major weaknesses" in the way it packaged contaminated waste before shipping it to ...
Researchers developing new strategies for controlling the western corn rootworm beetle
There's a side of science that many people don't know about. Namely, the fact that scientists often have to spend an enormous amount of time becoming experts in things outside their field of study in order ...
Power plant standards could save thousands of US lives every year
Power plant standards to cut climate-changing carbon emissions will reduce other harmful air pollution and provide substantial human health benefits, according to a new study released today. The research shows that, depending ...
Bacteria may have ability to reduce impact of diazepam on UK river environments
The natural photo degradation of diazepam (valium) and similar medicines – followed by bacterial breakdown – may reduce their potentially harmful impact on the UK's freshwater environment, a team of researchers has said.
Blame coffee farm rust fungus for rising coffee prices
Wonder why that cup o' joe is so expensive? The culprit, says ecologist Ivette Perfecto of the University of Michigan, is a fungus sweeping through coffee plantations in Mexico and Central America, limiting ...
Plants prepackage beneficial microbes in their seeds
Plants have a symbiotic relationship with certain bacteria. These 'commensal' bacteria help the pants extract nutrients and defend against invaders – an important step in preventing pathogens from contaminating fruits and ...
MaxBin: Automated sorting through metagenomes
Microbes – the single-celled organisms that dominate every ecosystem on Earth - have an amazing ability to feed on plant biomass and convert it into other chemical products. Tapping into this talent has ...
Fine-tuning plant cells for superior cereal crops
Changing the developmental path of grain in cereal crops to better influence yield, quality and end-use is the aim of University of Adelaide research scientist Dr Matthew Tucker.
US: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana
(AP)—Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in state of Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday.
Preference for built-up habitats could explain rapid spread of the tree bumblebee in UK
The strikingly rapid spread of the Tree Bumblebee in Britain could be occurring because the bees readily live alongside humans in towns and villages – according to research from the University of East Anglia.
Study unravels links between soils and plant biodiversity
For decades, ecologists have studied soils to understand why some patches of vegetation contain more plant species than others. Researchers at The University of Western Australia's School of Plant Biology and the Smithsonian ...
Q&A: Experts warn of Bash Bug, what are the risks? (Update)
Internet security experts are warning that a new programming flaw known as the "Bash Bug" may pose a serious threat to millions of computers and other devices such as home Internet routers. Even the systems used ...
Water research tackles growing grassland threat: Trees
Two Kansas State University biologists are studying streams to prevent tallgrass prairies from turning into shrublands and forests.
Goats better than chemicals for curbing invasive marsh grass
Herbivores, not herbicides, may be the most effective way to combat the spread of one of the most invasive plants now threatening East Coast salt marshes, a new Duke University-led study finds.