Endangered African rice varieties gain elite status

As part of a redoubled effort to stave off future food crises by bringing Africa's rice production in line with its rapidly growing consumption, scientists have announced a paradigm shift in rice research for the region, ...

YeZ: The Car that Acts Like a Plant

(PhysOrg.com) -- What if there was an eco-friendly car that acted like a plant? It would take in CO2, and its exhaust would be oxygen. That's exactly what the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation unveiled at the Shanghai ...

ESA's SMOS water mission goes live

(PhysOrg.com) -- ESA's SMOS satellite completed its six-month commissioning this week and formally began operational life. This milestone means the mission is now set to provide much-needed global images of soil moisture ...

Water, Water Everywhere, but Not All Drops Have Life

The search for life on other planets focuses on water, but researchers argue that - judging from our own planet - a large fraction of water conditions may be inhospitable to life.

Contaminants in groundwater used for public supply

More than 20 percent of untreated water samples from 932 public wells across the nation contained at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

FTC clears Google purchase of mobile ad service (Update)

(AP) -- Federal regulators have approved Google Inc.'s $750 million acquisition of the mobile ad service AdMob despite worries that the deal will enable Google to extend its dominance of Internet marketing into the nascent ...

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