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South Pacific coconut gene bank under threat - SciDev.Net

South Pacific coconut gene bank under threat - SciDev.Net | my universe | Scoop.it

The South Pacific's coconut gene bank, held in Papua New Guinea, is under threat from a deadly disease and scientists are racing to save the collection....

  ...The international collection of the South Pacific's coconut palm species, held at a field gene bank in Papua New Guinea (PNG), is under threat from a disease outbreak close to the gene bank.....

 ...Ironically, PNG was selected as the site for the gene bank in the 1990s because the country was relatively free of coconut pests and diseases

.... scientists are racing to save the collection.

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If Tesla’s Gigafactory can run on 100% renewable energy, why can’t others?

If Tesla’s Gigafactory can run on 100% renewable energy, why can’t others? | my universe | Scoop.it
Tesla expects to use geothermal, wind and solar to achieve 100% renewable energy production, but that model is not viable for most other industries.
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Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, ... The New York times

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, ... The New York times | my universe | Scoop.it

"Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming...."

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City of Turin decides to ditch Windows XP for Ubuntu and €6m saving | ZDNet

City of Turin decides to ditch Windows XP for Ubuntu and €6m saving | ZDNet | my universe | Scoop.it

The capital of Piedmont has been lured to open source with the prospect of doing away with licences and delaying the refresh cycle.

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XP licenses are phasing out. The existing hardware will be too slow for resource-hungry windows 8, and ubuntu is free: 2 birds with one stone. They can keep using their old machines, and don't need to pay license fees. Gosh, I wish everybody would see the obvious and do the same.  

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Big Food with a regional flavour: how Australia's food lobby works

Big Food with a regional flavour: how Australia's food lobby works | my universe | Scoop.it
Criticism of the food industry has itself become a niche industry. But the tendency to embrace a US-centric conception of how the industry works risks masking local variants and inhibiting a targeted response…
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No Association Between Salt And Blood Pressure, Study Finds

No Association Between Salt And Blood Pressure, Study Finds | my universe | Scoop.it
Sodium has long been labeled the blood-pressure bogeyman. But are we giving salt a fair shake? A new study published in the American Journal of…
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Farmer grows familiar foods for Maine's African refugees - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Farmer grows familiar foods for Maine's African refugees - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | my universe | Scoop.it
Amaranth, unusual eggplants and more give people far from their native land the feeling of home.
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Scientists reset human stem cells to earliest developmental state | University of Cambridge

Scientists reset human stem cells to earliest developmental state | University of Cambridge | my universe | Scoop.it
The discovery, published in Cell, will lead to a better understanding of human development and could in future allow the production of safe and more reproducible starting materials for a wide range of applications including cell therapies.
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Nature Biotechnology: Wheat rescued from fungal disease (2014)

Nature Biotechnology: Wheat rescued from fungal disease (2014) | my universe | Scoop.it

Knockout of all six alleles of a gene in the large wheat genome confers resistance to powdery mildew --- Genetic engineering to improve crops is entering a new era as conventional transgenesis technology, which involves random insertion of genes into the genome, is superseded by newer approaches that enable precise genetic alterations. A particular technological challenge in carrying out targeted genome modification in crops is that many plant genomes are polyploid, including such important species as wheat, potato and canola1. In this issue, Wang et al.2 report engineering of the hexaploid wheat genome using sequence-specific nucleases (SSNs)—the first demonstration in a polyploid crop of SSN-mediated genetic alterations that are stably transmitted to the next generation. By knocking out all six alleles encoding the MILDEW-RESISTANCE LOCUS (MLO) protein, the authors generated a mutant line that shows strong resistance to powdery mildew, a devastating fungal disease. This is a remarkable feat, given the ploidy and enormous size (17.1 Gb) of the wheat genome, and showcases the power of SSNs for engineering complex plant genomes and for creating crops with valuable traits.


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Agrarsubventionen: Bauer trifft Markt

Agrarsubventionen: Bauer trifft Markt | my universe | Scoop.it
Weltweit streichen die Staaten zwar die Subventionen für Landwirte zusammen. Doch noch immer päppeln sie die Bauern mit beeindruckenden 258 Milliarden Dollar im Jahr.
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative - Dice News

Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative - Dice News | my universe | Scoop.it
Sometimes an older or little-used language can prove extremely profitable.
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Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung : Erster Staat schafft Steuer auf Treibhausgas wieder ab

Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung : Erster Staat schafft Steuer auf Treibhausgas wieder ab | my universe | Scoop.it

"Erster Staat schafft Steuer auf Treibhausgas wieder ab" - Australien

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Fabled Franklin Arctic ship found

Fabled Franklin Arctic ship found | my universe | Scoop.it

One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says.

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Welcome to my genome

Welcome to my genome | my universe | Scoop.it
HE IS a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, but George Church is also a vegan, cannot hold a tune, gave up driving due to narcolepsy and suffers...
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A Solar Robot Farm Data Collector Out of Australia | Big Picture Agriculture

A Solar Robot Farm Data Collector Out of Australia | Big Picture Agriculture | my universe | Scoop.it
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Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn't that simple, says Munich

Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn't that simple, says Munich | my universe | Scoop.it
Munich city council says a review of its IT has not been triggered by staff dissatisfaction after moving from Windows to Linux on the desktop, in spite of reports to the contrary.
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Hydrogen production breakthrough could herald cheap green energy - University of Glasgow

Hydrogen production breakthrough could herald cheap green energy - University of Glasgow | my universe | Scoop.it

Scientists have taken a major step forward in the production of hydrogen from water which could lead to a new era of cheap, clean and renewable energy. Chemists from the University of Glasgow report in a new paper in Sciencetoday (Friday 12 September) on a new form of hydrogen production which is 30 times faster than the current state-of-the-art method. The process also solves common problems associated with generating electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind or wave energy.

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What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola

What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola | my universe | Scoop.it

"... Last week, theWorld Health Organization warned that, by early October, there may be thousands of new cases per week in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. What is not getting said publicly, despite briefings and discussions in the inner circles of the world’s public health agencies, is that we are in totally uncharted waters and that Mother Nature is the only force in charge of the crisis at this time...."

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Cuba calculates cost of 54yr US embargo at $1.1trillion

Cuba calculates cost of 54yr US embargo at $1.1trillion | my universe | Scoop.it
Cuba says its economy is suffering a “systematic worsening” due to a US embargo, the consequences of which Havana places at $1.1 trillion since Washington imposed the sanctions in 1960, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar against gold.
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U.S. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola

U.S. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola | my universe | Scoop.it
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is likely to last 12 to 18 months more and could infect hundreds of thousands, say scientists mapping its spread for the American government.
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Epigenetic Regulation in Plant Responses to the Environment (Baulcombe and Dean)

Epigenetic Regulation in Plant Responses to the Environment (Baulcombe and Dean) | my universe | Scoop.it

"In this article, we review environmentally mediated epigenetic regulation in plants using two case histories. One of these, vernalization, mediates adaptation of plants to different environments and it exemplifies processes that are reset in each generation. The other, virus-induced silencing, involves transgenerationally inherited epigenetic modifications."


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Free from Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology - good for your teaching!

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Biology Letters: The dawn of symbiosis between plants and fungi (2011)

Biology Letters: The dawn of symbiosis between plants and fungi (2011) | my universe | Scoop.it

The colonization of land by plants relied on fundamental biological innovations, among which was symbiosis with fungi to enhance nutrient uptake. Here we present evidence that several species representing the earliest groups of land plants are symbiotic with fungi of the Mucoromycotina. This finding brings up the possibility that terrestrialization was facilitated by these fungi rather than, as conventionally proposed, by members of the Glomeromycota. Since the 1970s it has been assumed, largely from the observation that vascular plant fossils of the early Devonian (400 Ma) show arbuscule-like structures, that fungi of the Glomeromycota were the earliest to form mycorrhizas, and evolutionary trees have, until now, placed Glomeromycota as the oldest known lineage of endomycorrhizal fungi. Our observation that Endogone-like fungi are widely associated with the earliest branching land plants, and give way to glomeromycotan fungi in later lineages, raises the new hypothesis that members of the Mucoromycotina rather than the Glomeromycota enabled the establishment and growth of early land colonists.


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Record Greenhouse Gas Levels ...

Record Greenhouse Gas Levels ... | my universe | Scoop.it

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide.  Details: World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, 

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World Meteorological Organization - Official United Nations' authoritative voice on weather, climate and water, scientific organization

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Bike lanes have actually sped up car traffic in New York City

Bike lanes have actually sped up car traffic in New York City | my universe | Scoop.it
Contrary to conventional wisdom, they've improved traffic flow — and made biking safer.
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When Scientists Give Up

When Scientists Give Up | my universe | Scoop.it
They were talented, idealistic risk-takers on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk-takers dried up, these two academics called it quits.
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7 charts that explain America's obesity problem

7 charts that explain America's obesity problem | my universe | Scoop.it
New data from the CDC show alarming trends in adult obesity — and a shred of good news.

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Aneolia - abiss® instruments's curator insight, September 8, 10:13 AM

interesting data about obesity in the USA