Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Coffee and Provocation

A love story.

A Nightmare Hybrid Agricultural Pest?
The cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera), which is widespread in Africa, Asia and Europe and causes damage to over 100 kinds of crops, has hybridized with the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), which is commonly found in the Americas. The new hybrid bug could be a serious crop pest of global significance.

Are Forests Coming to Iceland?
Iceland is growing new forests for the first time in 1,000 years. When the Vikings fist arrived, 25 to 40 percent of Iceland was forest. Within a few centuries, almost all of the island’s trees had been burned for fuel and to clear land for farming. The resulting deforestation resulted in massive soil erosion.

Measles No More?
After 50 years of vaccination, measles has been eliminated from the Americas. In 1968, measles killed 10,000 children a year in Mexico alone.

An Ebola Vaccine?
It look like a new vaccine provides long-term protection from ebola.

Drugs from Bugs?
Bio-prospecting insects may be the next leap forward for pharma.

The Bleeding Edge of What They Call Progress
White Castle has become the first fast food chain to serve a plant-based "Impossible Burger" that bleeds.

Mostly Water and Barely Human
More than half of our body is not human, say scientists. Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. Up to 90% of our body weight is water.

The Tequila Supply is Safe
A nectar-feeding bat critical to pollination of the cactus that makes tequila has recovered, and is being taken off the endangered species list.

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