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November 19, 2018

NAFB18 Participants Learn About Alternative Crops

A discussion about alternative crops was on the agenda at the 2018 National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City. Participants included Dr. Rob Myers from the University of Missouri Plant Science Department and Michael Bowman from the National… Continue Reading →

California Wildfires: Where Is the Climate Change Outrage?

Unprecedented droughts, fires and floods are not the “new normal”: Climate change gets nonlinearly worse from here on out. Like an avalanche, the physics of warming determines that a little more warming doesn’t create a little more extremeness, but a… Continue Reading →

The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar – Your Brain's Silent Killers

Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition, recently released the fully revised edition of his incredibly successful book, "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain's Silent Killers." Having… Continue Reading →

Digital offense: Anonymity dulls our moral outrage

From online forums to community groups, research and experience shows people are more willing to insult and use menacing language online than in person, especially when there's the protection of anonymity behind a computer. New research appearing in Social Psychological… Continue Reading →

Move over Rover: There’s a new sniffing powerhouse in the neighborhood

Some animals have a superpower in their sense of smell. They explore, interpret and understand their world with such sensitivity that people have enlisted canines to help solve crime and detect cancer on the breath. Scientists at the Georgia Institute… Continue Reading →

The ‘Swiss Army knife of prehistoric tools’ found in Asia, suggests homegrown technology

New analysis of artifacts found at a South China archaeological site shows that sophisticated tool technology emerged in East Asia earlier than previously thought. A study by an international team of researchers, including from the University of Washington, determines that… Continue Reading →

Using Skype to beat the blues

Imagine your family has moved across the state or across country. You're retired, and your spouse has passed away. Lacking the social connections previous generations once found in church or fraternal organizations, it doesn't take much time to begin feeling… Continue Reading →

Jumping genes shed light on how advanced life may have emerged

A previously unappreciated interaction in the genome turns out to have possibly been one of the driving forces in the emergence of advanced life, billions of years ago.? This discovery began with a curiosity for retrotransposons, known as "jumping genes,"… Continue Reading →

Powerful new map depicts environmental degradation across Earth

A powerful new map by the University of Cincinnati illustrates one motivating force behind migrant caravans leaving Guatemala and Honduras to reach the United States. UC geography professor Tomasz Stepinski created the new world map showing dramatic changes in land… Continue Reading →

Kindergarten difficulties may predict academic achievement across primary grades

Identifying factors that predict academic difficulties during elementary school should help inform efforts to help children who may be at risk. New Penn State research suggests that children's executive functions may be a particularly important risk factor for such difficulties…. Continue Reading →

As climate and land-use change accelerate, so must efforts to preserve California’s plants

As the IPCC warns that we have only 12 years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half or risk significantly greater impacts from climate change, University of California, Berkeley, scientists are charting the best course to save California's native… Continue Reading →

‘True polar wander’ may have caused ice age

Earth's latest ice age may have been caused by changes deep inside the planet. Based on evidence from the Pacific Ocean, including the position of the Hawaiian Islands, Rice University geophysicists have determined Earth shifted relative to its spin axis… Continue Reading →

Freeze-frame microscopy captures molecule’s ‘lock-and-load’ on DNA

Pushing the limits of cryo-electron microscopy, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have captured freeze-frames of the changing shape of a huge molecule, one of the body's key molecular machines, as it locks onto DNA and loads the machinery for reading… Continue Reading →

Bending light around tight corners without backscattering losses

Engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a device that can direct photons of light around sharp corners with virtually no losses due to backscattering, a key property that will be needed if electronics are ever to be replaced with light-based… Continue Reading →

Human images from world’s first total-body scanner unveiled

EXPLORER, the world's first medical imaging scanner that can capture a 3-D picture of the whole human body at once, has produced its first scans. The brainchild of UC Davis scientists Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi, EXPLORER is a combined… Continue Reading →

Astronomers discover giant relic of disrupted ‘tadpole’ galaxy

A team of astronomers from Israel, the United States and Russia has identified a disrupted galaxy resembling a giant tadpole, complete with an elliptical head and a long, straight tail, about 300 million light years away from Earth. The galaxy… Continue Reading →

New non-mechanical laser steering technology

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have recently demonstrated a new nonmechanical chip-based beam steering technology that offers an alternative to costly, cumbersome and often unreliable and inefficient mechanical gimbal-style laser scanners. The chip, known as a steerable electro-evanescent… Continue Reading →

Widely used reference for the human genome is missing 300 million bits of DNA

For the past 17 years, most scientists around the globe have been using the nucleic acid sequence, or genome, an assembly of DNA information, from primarily a single individual as a kind of "baseline" reference and human species representation for… Continue Reading →

New gear in life’s clock: Vitamin D

New research from Portland State University finds vitamin D, or a lack thereof can trigger or suspend embryonic development in a species of fish. The study also provides evidence suggesting the vitamin is critical to the early development of vertebrates… Continue Reading →

Odd bodies, rapid spins keep cosmic rings close

Forget those shepherding moons. Gravity and the odd shapes of asteroid Chariklo and dwarf planet Haumea — small objects deep in our solar system — can be credited for forming and maintaining their own rings, according new research in Nature… Continue Reading →

Light scalpel: A major step toward non-viral ocular gene therapy using laser and nanotechnology

In January 2009, the life of engineer Michel Meunier, a professor at Polytechnique Montréal, changed dramatically. Like others, he had observed that the extremely short pulse of a femtosecond laser (0.000000000000001 second) could make nanometre-sized holes appear in silicon when… Continue Reading →

Prototype of robot dog nose

Every day, thousands of trained K9 dogs sniff out narcotics, explosives and missing people across the United States. These dogs are invaluable for security, but they're also very expensive and they can get tired. Duke researchers have taken the first… Continue Reading →

Response to daily stressors could affect brain health in older adults

Taking typical daily annoyances such as a long wait at the doctor's office or a traffic jam on the freeway in stride may help preserve brain health in older adults, while emotional reactions could contribute to declines in cognition, a… Continue Reading →

Chemistry freed from space and time

Shopping on the internet, storing photos in the cloud, turning up a thermostat with an app — all are commonplace. Now, the internet of things and the cloud are entering the world of chemical research and production, as reported in… Continue Reading →

Can-Am Talks Outdoors at NAFB Convention

There is a new Defender in town and I have personal experience to tell you it is an awesome one. It is a Can-Am Outdoors Mossy Oak Edition Defender. With a 72 hp Rotax HD10 V-Twin engine it delivers both… Continue Reading →

ACT Students Learn at #NAFB18

During the 2018 NAFB Convention Cindy and I had the opportunity to talk to the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) who were also in Kansas City for their Professional Development Conference. Our mission was to talk to the group (about… Continue Reading →

USDA and FDA to Jointly Regulate Cell-Cultured Meat

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced plans to jointly oversee the production of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry, better known by meat producers as “fake meat.” The joint regulatory… Continue Reading →

Animal Ag Bites 11/19

The annual Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit will once again be held at the 2019 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, and is offered… Continue Reading →

Chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins Celebrates the Women Making Mexican Cuisine

Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins grew up as a border kid, splitting her time between San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. Her parents worked in Mexico and raised their family in Imperial Beach, a California town located just a few miles from the… Continue Reading →

Scientists explain how wombats drop cubed feces

Wombats, the chubby and beloved, short-legged marsupials native to Australia, are central to a biological mystery in the animal kingdom: How do they produce cube-shaped poop? Patricia Yang, a postdoctoral fellow in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology,… Continue Reading →

New treatment to protect people with peanut allergies ready for FDA review

The final research results for a new treatment for protection against accidental exposure to peanut was presented today at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting and published in the New England Journal of Medicine…. Continue Reading →

Virtual reality simulation of a supermassive black hole

The black hole at the centre of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, has been visualised in virtual reality for the first time. The details are described in an article published in the open access journal Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology. Scientists at… Continue Reading →

A molecule for fighting muscular paralysis

Myotubular myopathy is a severe genetic disease that leads to muscle paralysis from birth and results in death before two years of age. Although no treatment currently exists, researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, — working in collaboration… Continue Reading →

Spanking in developing countries does more harm than good, study suggests

Spanking may be increasingly harmful for children on a more global scale than previously known, a new University of Michigan study indicates. Most research on how spanking affects children has involved studying families in high-income countries, such as the United… Continue Reading →

Geneticist solves long-standing finch beak mystery

Bridgett vonHoldt is best known for her work with dogs and wolves, so she was surprised when a bird biologist pulled her aside and said, "I really think you can help me solve this problem." So she turned to a… Continue Reading →

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