Whales Help Explain the Evolutionary Mystery of Menopause

Whales Help Explain the Evolutionary Mystery of Menopause

A paper in PNAS reports evidence that supports this explanation, showing that killer whale grandmas who have stopped reproducing do a better job of helping their grandchildren to survive than grandmothers who are still having babies of their own.

We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests

We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests

“Although these can support local economies, plantations are much poorer at storing carbon than are natural forests, which develop with little or no disturbance from humans,” they wrote.

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

Scientists revealed that it’s blowing in the air and swirling in the seas and tainting our food and water, with as yet unknown effects on human health .Microplastic pollution isn’t particularly new to science—researchers have been monitoring the problem for decades.

FAO - News Article: Greater innovation needed to fight climate change, poverty and hunger

FAO - News Article: Greater innovation needed to fight climate change, poverty and hunger

There is a need for innovation not only in science but also in policies, in how we do business and the way we think, said the FAO chief at the opening of SDG 2 - Linking Technological Innovation and Climate Change Actions for a World Free of Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty event on Thursday, on the margins of COP25.

Cells That ‘Taste’ Danger Set Off Immune Responses

Cells That ‘Taste’ Danger Set Off Immune Responses

De’Broski Herbert, an immunology researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, was the first to notice the emergence of tuft cells, which are rich in “taste” receptors, developing in the infected lungs of sick mice.

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Gove and his colleagues dissected hundreds of larval fish and found that 8.6 percent of specimens from slicks—which appear as smooth ribbons on the surface—contained microplastics, more than twice the rate as larvae in nearby non-slick surface waters.

FAO - News Article: Global cooperation and climate friendly technologies are key to tackling global food loss and waste

FAO - News Article: Global cooperation and climate friendly technologies are key to tackling global food loss and waste

7 November 2019, Rome – FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said today international co-operation and innovative, climate friendly technologies were critical to address global food loss and waste which totals more than 1.3 billion tonnes a year.

The Carp Show: An Inside Look at the Jumping Fish Invasion

The Carp Show: An Inside Look at the Jumping Fish Invasion

The invasive fish known collectively as Asian carp represent four species: silver, bighead, black and grass carp.“Our ability to control water levels at Emiquon means that if Asian carp, or other non-native species, become too invasive, we can dry the preserve up and start again,” says Blodgett.

‘Blooming heck’ - Microalgae feature in latest biodiversity memoir

‘Blooming heck’ - Microalgae feature in latest biodiversity memoir

A group of microscopic algae that form vast aquamarine blooms off the east coast is the subject of NIWA’s latest Biodiversity Memoir.Measuring as small as three microns (0.003 mm), powerful scanning electron microscopes are needed to look at the algae in detail.

Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

Even so, I believe we’ll easily meet our challenges and take better care of the people who inhabit the world of the future, without experiencing sustained shortages of food or other important resources.

‘Forever Chemicals’ Are in Your Popcorn—and Your Blood

‘Forever Chemicals’ Are in Your Popcorn—and Your Blood

From that federal data set, known as NHANES, they discovered that people who reported eating microwave popcorn had significantly higher levels of four types of PFAS chemicals, according to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

A Cow, a Controversy, and a Dashed Dream of More Humane Farms

A Cow, a Controversy, and a Dashed Dream of More Humane Farms

That year, Van Eenennaam secured a half-million-dollar grant from the US Department of Agriculture to see if Buri’s descendants would inherit his genetic alteration as intended, and to study those animals’ health and dairy-producing potential.

FAO - News Article: New pathway for food systems development

FAO - News Article: New pathway for food systems development

FAO’s leader points to the need to turn food systems into accelerators of the SDGs. 25 September, 2019, New York - Food systems are huge economic, social and environmental drivers of transformational change, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyusaid today.

Yelp Is Overhauling Its App to Emphasize Personalization

Yelp Is Overhauling Its App to Emphasize Personalization

Yelp has long given users the ability to filter search results based on dozens of different criteria, including what type of cuisine a restaurant offers and whether it has vegan or vegetarian options.

FAO - News Article: We need better stewardship of our land to tackle climate change, safeguard food security and conserve biodiversity

FAO - News Article: We need better stewardship of our land to tackle climate change, safeguard food security and conserve biodiversity

"This is an alarming report on how the systematic degradation of soils, cutting of forests, desertification, unsustainable agricultural practices, and reduction of biodiversity have turned our land into a major source of carbon, putting our food security and environment at a greater risk," FAO Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo said.

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change

This new report takes steps to quantify how our abuse of the land—deforestation, industrial agriculture, draining of carbon-capturing peatlands—is driving climate change, and in turn how that climate change is exacerbating the degradation of land the world over.

A Devastating Climate Change Report, a Phone Bug Returns, and More News

A Devastating Climate Change Report, a Phone Bug Returns, and More News

A Devastating Climate Change Report, a Phone Bug Returns, and More News.A new climate change report dropped, a decade-old desk phone bug returned, and WIRED wants to up your grill game.A 10-year-old desk phone bug came back from the dead.

We’re Eating This Planet to Death

We’re Eating This Planet to Death

“We can reduce our demand, or we can increase the amount of land we grow stuff on and the number of animals that produce food,” says Van Eenennaam.

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How. The potential for gene editing to make every acre of land more productive in the face of climate change has captured the imagination of plant scientists, the agtech industry, and governments alike.

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Similarly, one might at first worry whether Silicon Valley food apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Seamless will survive the public outrage following a recent New York Times exposé of the hamster-wheel existence of the delivery people who use the apps to make a living.

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

There’s an entire lab at the Johnson Space Center dedicated to the culinary arts, where NASA chefs—ahem, food tech­nologists —spend their days designing meals that strike the right balance between taste and nutrition.

Timber Rattlesnakes: Cool Facts and an Uncertain Future

Timber Rattlesnakes: Cool Facts and an Uncertain Future

The area was one of the few places in New York where timber rattlesnakes had escaped a couple hundred years of bounty hunters, fearful farmers and pet-trade poachers. Timber rattlesnakes den with other snake species during the winter, typically on south-facing slopes under talus or inside rock fissures.

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

But, according to a report that DeLucia coauthored appearing in the journal Ecosphere today, if you’re a farmer trying to grow corn it means something very different: You need more water.

The Most Delicious Foods Will Fall Victim to Climate Change

The Most Delicious Foods Will Fall Victim to Climate Change

She recently sat down with me at Betaworks to discuss lab-grown meat, GMOs, and why we need to really think through how technology can save our coffee from the climate crisis.

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

For one, microplastic is swirling in Monterey Bay’s water column at every depth they sampled, sometimes in concentrations greater than at the surface of the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Is a Terrible Houseguest

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Is a Terrible Houseguest

Assange found the rules oppressive, and sued the Ecuadorian government for violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms.” His lawyers argued, of all things, that Assange is being treated inhumanely by his hosts in the embassy; that it’s a privilege to host a mind so great, daring and free; and that such a mind cannot be answerable to litter boxes.

A 'Game of Thrones'-Themed Menu for Your Sunday Viewing Party

A 'Game of Thrones'-Themed Menu for Your Sunday Viewing Party

Why the Writing in Game of Thrones ' Season 8 Feels Off. Like sex, food in George R.R. Martin's universe is a way to laugh at the Many-Faced God. Yes, winter is always coming, but there is cheese to eat, and oranges, and fish stew to sop up with crusty bread.

A New View of Bird Vision

A New View of Bird Vision

Birds see in four classes of color – blue, red, green and shorter wavelengths – violet or ultraviolet (UV) – depending on the species. Similar studies have looked at the role of the UV color spectrum in the way turkeys select their mates.

Help! I'm Drowning in Emails from Square Vendors

Help! I'm Drowning in Emails from Square Vendors

When I asked a representative from Square what was going on, the answer surprised me: Apparently, I had consented to receive automatic receipts and promotions from any company that uses a Square point of sale machine the very first time I ever entered my email into one of the Square readers.

FAO - News Article: After worst harvest in ten years, 10 million people in North Korea face imminent food shortages

FAO - News Article: After worst harvest in ten years, 10 million people in North Korea face imminent food shortages

"Our programme of specially-designed fortified foods has filled an important nutritional gap among young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women at a crucial period of their lives," said Praveen Agrawal, WFP's Country Director in North Korea.