Chocolate genome research good for farmers, environment, sweet lovers
(Phys.org)—With the help of information technology (IT), Penn State professor Mark Guiltinan makes the world a sweeter place.
Ted Talks get virtual pages at Huffington Post
News website Huffington Post on Friday launched a weekend section devoted to diving deeply into mind-bending ideas shared in "talks" at prestigious TED conferences.
Insects show how DNA mistakes become evolutionary innovation
One of the more difficult aspects of evolution for some people to swallow is the notion that random copying errors in DNA can add up to anything useful.
Bhutan aims to be first 100% organic nation
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking "happiness" for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100 percent organic.
New African cassava resists devastating viruses
Plant scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a new African cassava preferred by consumers and farmers that is resistant to the two major virus diseases in Africa. Now they want to test the resistant cassava in Africa.
Staples to speed up closure of 15 stores in US
(AP)—Staples is speeding up the closure of about 15 of its U.S. stores and plans to close 45 stores and some delivery businesses in Europe.
Commentary: Kindle Fire HD is attractive, but still no iPad-killer
The new Kindle Fire HD may not stir you to pass along your old iPad as a hand-me-down. But if you own an earlier small tablet running on Android or another operating system, or even last year's original Kindle ...
Laser-powered 'needle' promises pain-free injections
From annual flu shots to childhood immunizations, needle injections are among the least popular staples of medical care. Though various techniques have been developed in hopes of taking the "ouch" out of ...
Oxfam warns food prices to soar due to climate change
Staple food prices may double within the next two decades due to climate change and an increase in extreme weather including droughts and hurricanes, the anti-poverty group Oxfam said Wednesday.
Joining the un-joinable: New polymer linking technology based on nano crystals developed
Ever tried to paint on top of silicone? After a few hours, the paint will peel off. Annoying. Silicone is a so-called low surface energy polymer, well known from flexible baking forms: A synthetic material ...
Researchers discover potential new weapon against African crop pests
(Phys.org) -- A team of scientists has made a novel discovery that could provide a new strategy for controlling armyworms and other insect crop pests around the globe.
Scientists map and sequence genome of switchgrass relative foxtail millet
A newly published genetic sequence and map of foxtail millet, a close relative of switchgrass and an important food crop in Asia, is giving scientists working to increase biofuel and crop yields a powerful new tool.
Shedding light on debate over organic vs. conventional agriculture: Study calls for combining best of both approaches
(Phys.org) -- Can organic agriculture feed the world?
Review: Baseball scores big with At Bat mobile app
(AP) -- Baseball is back, which means die-hard fans like me are hungry for updates and highlights when we're not near our televisions or computers.