The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

Dan Winters Eighteen months later, Sheila Advento, having become the fifth patient in Lee’s trial on September 18, 2010, woke groggily in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recovery area to find her new hands.

Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

It’s the biggest monarch butterfly breeding site the U.S. Forest Service manages in the Intermountain West. What you plant in your garden and flowerbeds this growing season will help or hinder pollinators, including monarchs. Everyone can help.” A monarch caterpillar eats a leaf on a butterfly milkweed plant.

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

Photo © Eframgoldberg / Wikimedia Commons Male orchid bees have specialized legs that can collect plant scent compounds and then store them in leg sacs.

Can Drones Help Stop the Spread of Kenya’s Invasive Cactus?

Can Drones Help Stop the Spread of Kenya’s Invasive Cactus?

Photo © Gustavo Lozada/TNC Some call it a green hell: As the invasive cactus species Opuntia engelmannii spreads in Kenya, it covers everything. Photo © Gustavo Lozada/TNC Mapping Cactus Just as Lozada surmised, the cochineal insects are an extremely effective biocontrol.

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

Using free satellite data from the UN, PlantVillage can monitor biomass on a plot of land, giving small-scale farmers insight into how their crops are developing.

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day Organic matter sits in open-air tanks where microbes feed on it and release CO2 as a byproduct.

The Seed Collectors

The Seed Collectors

It gives you an idea of where things are at now.” Photo © Kris Millgate / www.tightlinemedia.com Trevor Bloom is one researcher very interested in what’s happening now. Photo © Kris Millgate / www.tightlinemedia.com Comparing those collections to modern-day observations is intriguing.

A Global Climate Summit Is Surrounded By All Things Coal

A Global Climate Summit Is Surrounded By All Things Coal

Coal isn’t just an energy source in Katowice — it’s a way of life.COP24’s president, Michał Kurtyka, a state secretary in Poland’s Ministry of Energy, argued in his opening remarks that bringing the climate summit to Katowice was a strategic decision: to exhibit a city and region in need of transition away from its lifeblood.

Winter Warmer: Make Tea from Local, Wild Plants

Winter Warmer: Make Tea from Local, Wild Plants

It looks and tastes like fruity, store-bought tea, but it’s made from dried bog Labrador tea, wild strawberry and blueberry leaves. Like the foliage of wild blueberry and strawberry plants, raspberry leaves also make a fine fruit tea.

Thousands of Unstudied Plants May Be at Risk of Extinction

Thousands of Unstudied Plants May Be at Risk of Extinction

Other regions, they found, like the fog-nurtured biome hugging the southern coast of the Arabian peninsula, harbored a large number of potentially threatened species that hadn’t received nearly as much attention.IUCN ratings aren’t the end-all-be-all of conservation assessment; but they do have bearing on which areas are protected as biodiversity hotspots abroad, and are fed into databases that extractive industries use for reducing threats to endangered species as they work.

THC! CBD! Terpenoids! Cannabis Science Is Getting Hairy

THC! CBD! Terpenoids! Cannabis Science Is Getting Hairy

It’s called the entourage effect: THC, like a rock star, only reaches its full potential when it rolls with a crew, consisting of hundreds of other compounds in the plant that scientists know about so far.But the problem with researching a schedule I drug is that the government doesn’t want you to do it.

A Nuclear Plant Braces for Impact With Hurricane Florence

A Nuclear Plant Braces for Impact With Hurricane Florence

But Lochbaum points out that history proves such preparation might not be enough.In its 2012 post-Fukushima review, Florida Power & Light told the NRC that flood protections at its St. Lucie plant on South Hutchinson Island were adequate, despite failing to discover six electrical conduits with missing seals in one of the emergency core cooling systems.

The 'Liquidators' Who Risked It All to Clean Up Chernobyl

The 'Liquidators' Who Risked It All to Clean Up Chernobyl

"Many live on a state pension."Skipp photographed the men and women with his Fujifilm GFX 50 in their homes, as well as at at a local museum dedicated to explaining the history of Chernobyl and Slavutych.

Climate Change Could Drastically Change Ecosystems Around the World

Climate Change Could Drastically Change Ecosystems Around the World

The fossil records show that the world is very sensitive to temperature changes, which suggests that if fossil fuel emissions continue unabated, accelerated warming could lead to dramatic transformations in vegetation and ecosystems around the globe, the team wrote today (Aug. 30) in the journal Science.

The Race North

The Race North

With climate change, the new trees that replace them are likely to be different species, and eventually the entire forest composition may shift. How much does climate change threaten European forest tree species distributions?