With growing fear of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) an unavoidable and understandable consequence of 'playing God,' researchers have been in pursuit of new ways to eliminate some of the real threats modified products could pose to the natural world. Now, two separate teams of researchers have designed unique "kill switch" systems that would automatically eliminated escapee experimental GMOs.
You've likely heard all about how climate change is impacting our forests, changing how fast they grow, and which species grow fastest. Now, new research has revealed that a warming clime is even impacting forests in California, where a statewide change in tree species and density has been occurring for nearly a century. Still, there is also reason to remain skeptical.
Pests don't appear to be as fearless in their pursuit for food as we might think. The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), an invasive pest that recently found its way into Florida and Puerto Rican citrus farms, seems to avoid heights, according to new research, offering some new clues about the voracious insect's vulnerabilities.
With the world growing increasingly warmer, experts have estimated that we are actually due to gain a great deal of farmland, even if the crop yield that that land could see may actually decrease. However, finding this land so that it can quickly be put to use remains a challenge. Now, two new global maps may provide some help in the search for fresh farmland.
As if they haven't heard enough bad news already, researchers are now letting farmers know that the world's wheat yields are excepted decline in the near future, with the world standing to lose six percent of its wheat crop for every degree Celsius that the annual global temperature increases.
Birds, it seems, are pretty anal home-builders, often only choosing nest materials that best match their surroundings. However, this isn't simple decor preference. Researchers are now suggesting that this shows a natural instinct to camouflage their home.
Sharks may be some of the most fearsome monsters of the sea, but like any good monster, they come with an unexpected weakness. Much like the Wicked Witch of the West, if a shark finds itself surrounded by fresh water, it's in big trouble.
Here's something you don't hear every day: Fish sperm could be a key ingredient involved in extracting and recycling rare earth elements (REEs) from used ore and electronic waste. This could provide a very natural, albeit strange, alternative to modern chemical-based extraction methods.
While it took some time and the sacrifice of a great many animals, humanity has become much better acquainted with the dangers of space and how to better keep explorers safe. However, there are still risks to long-term living in space that cannot be avoided, and it may be that roundworms will come to our astronauts' rescue.
Researchers are always looking for ways to improve the accuracy of their findings, and one of these ways is to ensure that they know about each and every factor that can influence a lab subject. Now, a new study has found that to ensure that lab rats are not too stressed after feeling the bite of a hypodermic needle, you simply have to tickle them.
Doctors have long known that when dealing with the flu, getting plenty of rest is very important. This, of course, is because your body's immune system needs a lot of energy to wage its helpful war. However, the discovery of a new type of protein in the brains of mice has revealed that there may be a bit more to it than that.
Researchers recently made a forensic breakthrough - one that could potentially change the game in the fight against avian wildlife crime.
Food allergies can be confusing and even frightening, especially if you happen to have a particularly sensitive allergy, such as many nut allergies. For decades many victims of these conditions have always played it safe, steering clear of "may contain traces of..." labels. But wouldn't it be nice if they knew at what concentrations an ingredient is a threat? Researchers may now know for sure.
Not getting enough sun? That might not be as bad as you think. Although too little sunlight exposure has been tied to exhaustion, vitamin D deficiency, and seasonal depression, new research has shown that too much sun can reduce human fertility over several generations.