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Rapeseed genes could take the bite out of broccoli | Futurity

Rapeseed genes could take the bite out of broccoli | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Scientists have unraveled the rapeseed genome, which could lead to better canola oil or less bitter versions of vegetables like broccoli.
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Loss of sleep after divorce can spike blood pressure | Futurity

Loss of sleep after divorce can spike blood pressure | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Divorce-related sleep problems may be partly to blame for significant health problems, including high blood pressure and even early death, research shows.
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Fungi are the biodiversity police of rainforests | Futurity

Fungi are the biodiversity police of rainforests | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Fungi, often seen as pests, play a crucial role policing biodiversity in rainforests by making dominant species victims of their own success.
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Should schools make gym class a core subject? | Futurity

Should schools make gym class a core subject? | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Daily exercise for school children is so important that physical education should be made a “core academic subject,” a new report suggests.

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Why being nice can backfire on a bad day | Futurity

Why being nice can backfire on a bad day | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Making sacrifices for your partner after a stressful day may not be beneficial to either of you, a new study suggests.

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After die-off, forests hold tight to carbon | Futurity

After die-off, forests hold tight to carbon | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Across the world, trees are dying in increasing numbers, most likely in the wake of a climate changing toward drier and warmer conditions. In western North America, outbreaks of mountain pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae) have killed billions of trees from Mexico to Alaska over the last decade.

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With 2-way wiring, moths feast on floral potluck | Futurity

With 2-way wiring, moths feast on floral potluck | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
U. WASHINGTON / U. ARIZONA (US) — Despite being among the insect world’s most picky eaters, moths are able to enjoy a pollinator’s buffet of flowers because of two distinct “channels” in their brains.
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Rice genome could answer 'the 9 billion-people question' | Futurity

Rice genome could answer 'the 9 billion-people question' | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Researchers have sequenced the complete genome of African rice, a hardy crop that could help feed the world's growing population.
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Climate change may make food less nutritious | Futurity

Climate change may make food less nutritious | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Higher levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide would compromise the quality of our food, according to a field study with wheat.
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In desert cave, microbes feed on water, rocks, and air | Futurity

In desert cave, microbes feed on water, rocks, and air | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The discovery of a diverse ecosystem of microbes in an underground cave could lead to the development of new drugs and novel ways to clean the environment.
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Why some GM crops fail to fight pests | Futurity

Why some GM crops fail to fight pests | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Since 1996, farmers worldwide have planted more than 1 billion acres (400 million hectares) of genetically modified corn and cotton that produce insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt for short.

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Why are insect and human brains so similar? | Futurity

Why are insect and human brains so similar? | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Decision-making centers in the brains of insects and mammals share too many similarities to have evolved independently, a new study suggests

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Plants can go thirsty but only for so long | Futurity

Plants can go thirsty but only for so long | Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

Many plants’ demand for water is flexible, but prolonged drought conditions have put their resilience to the test.

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