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How the Potato Changed the World

How the Potato Changed the World | Popular Science | Scoop.it

Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, the lowly potato gave rise to modern industrial agriculture
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Make lighting healthier

Make lighting healthier | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Artificial illumination can stop us sleeping and make us ill. We need fresh strategies and technologies, argues Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska.
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Mysterious explosion of a deadly plague may come down to a sugar in ice cream

Mysterious explosion of a deadly plague may come down to a sugar in ice cream | Popular Science | Scoop.it
C. diff kills tens of thousands each year. Its puzzling rise links to trehalose.
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Har Gobind Khorana deciphered DNA and wrote the dictionary for our genetic language

Har Gobind Khorana deciphered DNA and wrote the dictionary for our genetic language | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The biochemist won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in genetics.
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America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops

America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops | Popular Science | Scoop.it

A new book details the life of adventurer-botanist David Fairchild
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Men Resist Green Behavior as Un-Manly

Men Resist Green Behavior as Un-Manly | Popular Science | Scoop.it
A surprising reason for resistance to environmental goods and habits
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Gives a whole new meaning to "Toxic Masculinity".
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Thylacine DNA reveals weakness – and kinship with the kangaroo

Thylacine DNA reveals weakness – and kinship with the kangaroo | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Researchers sequence the Tasmanian tiger’s genome, showing it to be a closer relative of the kangaroo than the dingo
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How scales turned into feathers

How scales turned into feathers | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The genes that caused scales to become feathers in the early ancestors of birds have been found by US scientists.
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How the Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds

How the Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The infamous parasite’s methods are more complex and more sinister than anyone suspected.
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Gluten-sensitive? It may actually be a carb making you ill | New Scientist

Gluten-sensitive? It may actually be a carb making you ill | New Scientist | Popular Science | Scoop.it
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Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes - D-brief

Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes - D-brief | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Schizophyllum commune possesses about 23,000 different genders as a species. And you thought having two was hard.
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I Am A Science Lady's curator insight, January 10, 4:31 PM
Facebook: "We have 56 different gender options"
Nature: "Hold my beer"
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A Dying Boy Gets a New, Gene-Corrected Skin

A Dying Boy Gets a New, Gene-Corrected Skin | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Doctors took his stem cells, corrected a faulty mutation within them, and used them to replace 80 percent of his skin.
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Gut bacteria linked to cataclysmic epidemic that wiped out 16th-century Mexico

Gut bacteria linked to cataclysmic epidemic that wiped out 16th-century Mexico | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The mysterious pestilence is thought to have killed up to 80 percent of the population.
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Exquisite fossils show butterflies appeared before there were flowers to pollinate

Exquisite fossils show butterflies appeared before there were flowers to pollinate | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The discovery places butterflies and moths as far back as 200 million years ago, making them far older than previously known.
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Oxygen is disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarmingly rapid pace

Oxygen is disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarmingly rapid pace | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The ocean can't seem to catch a break—or its breath.
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Why Do We Need to Sleep?

Why Do We Need to Sleep? | Popular Science | Scoop.it
At a shiny new lab in Japan, an international team of scientists is trying to figure out what puts us under.
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Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It'll Be Gone

Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It'll Be Gone | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The history of coffee gives us surprising insight into the future of the world's most popular banana.
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Sequestration and activation of plant toxins protect the western corn rootworm from enemies at multiple trophic levels

Sequestration and activation of plant toxins protect the western corn rootworm from enemies at multiple trophic levels | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The western corn rootworm escapes biological control by entomopathogenic nematodes by partitioning and phenocopying the plant defense system for self-protection.
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Return of the 'Ologies: Natural History Makes a Comeback on Campus

Return of the 'Ologies: Natural History Makes a Comeback on Campus | Popular Science | Scoop.it
They aren't "sexy, high-tech science," but fields like entomology and ornithology are gaining ground at places like Harvard and Berkeley, Don Lyman writes.
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Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Credit: UC Davis
University of California, Davis, researchers have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of stem rust, a fungal disease that is hampering wheat produ..
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Scientists make first ever attempt at gene editing inside the body

Scientists make first ever attempt at gene editing inside the body | Popular Science | Scoop.it
New therapy will permanently alter DNA, with no way to alter mistakes editing may cause – but offers chance to tackle currently incurable metabolic diseases
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A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer | Quanta Magazine

A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer | Quanta Magazine | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Elephants did not evolve to become huge animals until after they turned a bit of genetic junk into a unique defense against inevitable tumors.
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