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Nothing says 'hip' like ancient wheat 28.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Many consumers in North America and Europe are willing to pay a premium for nutritious, organic grains. That makes the market ripe for a revival of millennia-old bread wheat, some plant breeders say.
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In the battle of desert tortoise vs. Marines, the tortoise wins — for now 28.6.2016 Washington Post
In the battle of desert tortoise vs. Marines, the tortoise wins — for now
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Why I’m Not Joining In The Brexit Criticism 26.6.2016 The Moderate Voice
SOURCE: Trekcore.com

In Star Trek canon, The Borg are an alien race that appear as recurring antagonists in the Star Trek franchise. The Borg are a collection of species that have been turned into cybernetic organisms functioning as drones in a hive mind called “the Collective” or “the Hive”. The Borg use a process called assimilation to [...]

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Obama Administration Approved Gulf Fracking During Deepwater Horizon Disaster 24.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A controlled burn of oil spilled during the Deepwater Horizon disaster sends pillars of smoke into the air in the Gulf of Mexico on June 9, 2010. (Photo: Deepwater Horizon Response ) An ongoing investigation reveals that fracking technology has been used to maximize fossil-fuel production at hundreds of offshore wells in the Gulf of Mexico in recent years. Environmentalists are angry with federal regulators for "rubber-stamping" permits with little oversight of the fracking chemicals that are mixed with wastewater and dumped directly into the Gulf. A controlled burn of oil spilled during the Deepwater Horizon disaster sends pillars of smoke into the air in the Gulf of Mexico on June 9, 2010. (Photo: Deepwater Horizon Response ) Hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") technology has been widely used to maximize oil-and-gas production in the Gulf of Mexico in recent years, and the government allows offshore drillers to dump fracking chemicals mixed with wastewater directly into the Gulf, according to ...
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International Financial Capital Targets Farmland in Brazil 22.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Historically, Indigenous and peasant communities in Brazil have resisted against violence and displacement. Land concentration is a root cause of social and economic inequality, in a country where 1 percent of large landowners control over 90 percent of agricultural land. In the past 12 years, 390 Guarani Kaiowa Indigenous people were assassinated in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, where agribusiness corporations and local large landowners have expanded monocropping of commodities. The BAMAPITO region, which combines the states of Bahia, Maranhão, Piauí and Tocantins, has also become a target for land speculation and the expansion of agribusiness. This savanna area, rich in biodiversity, has been the home of traditional peasant communities for hundreds of years. Recently, this so called "last agricultural frontier" is at risk of destruction by a wave of land speculation, deforestation and pollution of water sources. Land market speculation consists of the same logic as the stock market, by the "secret" ...
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$10,000 reward offered involving killing of Idaho wolf pups 21.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Couer d’Alene, Idaho • A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever illegally killed wolf pups after removing them from a northern Idaho den. The Center for Biological Diversity announced the reward Monday following the killing of the pups that Idaho officials say happened in the middle of May. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking anyone with information to call the Citizens Against Poaching Hotline. Callers can remain anonymous. Th...
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This Destructive Practice May Be Responsible For Your Exotic Pet Fish 17.6.2016 Think Progres

The colorful fish swimming around in saltwater aquariums around the country may look pretty, but the way they ended up in those aquariums is anything but.

The post This Destructive Practice May Be Responsible For Your Exotic Pet Fish appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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The Gulf of Mexico Is About to Experience a "Dead Zone" the Size of Connecticut 17.6.2016 Mother Jones
The Gulf of Mexico teems with biodiversity and contains some of the globe's most productive fisheries . Yet starting in the early 1970s , large swaths of the Gulf began to experience annual dead zones in the late summer and early fall. This year's will likely be nearly a third larger than normal, about the size of Connecticut, according to a recent report from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and Louisiana State University. The problem is tied to industrial-scale meat production. To churn out huge amounts chicken, beef, and pork, the meat industry relies on corn as cheap feed. The US grows about a third of the globe's corn , the great bulk of it in the Midwest, on land that drains into the Mississippi River . Every year, fertilizer runoff from Midwestern farms leaches into the Mississippi and makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Intended to feed the nation's vast corn crop, this renegade nitrogen instead feeds vast aquatic algae blooms in the early summer. When the algae blooms die and decay, ...
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A biodiversity road trip to the headwaters - and a really big bog 17.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
One of the best ways to see the place where the continent's four major biomes converge is on a road trip to Itasca State Park and the Big Bog. Even better: Exploring the region with a guide to the plants on the way.
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Bob Paine, ecologist who introduced the concept of 'keystone species,' dies at 83 16.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Robert “Bob” Paine, an influential ecologist best known for introducing the concept of “keystone species” and who nurtured a generation of scientists, has died. He was 83.

Paine, a retired zoology professor at the University of Washington, died Monday of acute myeloid leukemia, a type of blood...

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Bob Paine, ecologist who introduced 'keystone species,' dies 15.6.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Robert "Bob" Paine, an influential ecologist best known for introducing the concept of "keystone species" and who nurtured a generation of scientists, has died. He was 83....
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Deadly diseases can jump from animals to humans. These maps show where that might happen next. 15.6.2016 Washington Post
Deadly diseases can jump from animals to humans. These maps show where that might happen next.
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How the world's most popular foods have traveled all over the planet 9.6.2016 Washington Post
How the world's most popular foods have traveled all over the planet
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Glow-in-the-dark fish have evolved over and over again 9.6.2016 Washington Post
Glow-in-the-dark fish have evolved over and over again
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Home-grown effort aims to preserve native plants and reduce wildfire risk 4.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

For years, Christopher Reed would see thick clumps of pampas grass on the hillside of a nearby canyon whenever he peered out the window of his home.

To him it looked like an invasion.

"Somebody has to nip it in the bud before it will take over," Reed, who has lived in Laguna Beach for 10 years,...

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EPA Finds Widely-Used Weed Killer Could Threaten Animals 3.6.2016 Think Progres

A new EPA draft assessment suggests that atrazine, a widely-used agricultural chemical, could be dangerous to animals, fish, and plants.

The post EPA Finds Widely-Used Weed Killer Could Threaten Animals appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Beleaguered moose population may warrant endangered species protection 2.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minnesota's moose population has nearly disappeared in the northwest corner of the state and declined by nearly 60 percent in the northeast.
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What Happens to Harambe’s Gorilla Troop Now That He’s Gone? It’s Complicated 2.6.2016 Wired Top Stories
What Happens to Harambe’s Gorilla Troop Now That He’s Gone? It’s Complicated
Harambe's death throws a wrench in the carefully mapped out Gorilla Species Survival Plan. The post What Happens to Harambe's Gorilla Troop Now That He's Gone? It's Complicated appeared first on WIRED.
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Federal Agencies Find That Fracking In The Pacific Would Have No ‘Significant’ Environmental Impacts 1.6.2016 Think Progres

A new federal report reignites the debate over fracking off of the California coast.

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Parrots learn New (Zealand) tricks 1.6.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
Many kaka have been bred in island and mainland island habitats created for them in New Zealand. Here we look at new research on their cognition, using high tech facilities for recording data on individuals and ageing.
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