1 in 3 plants and animals could be extinct in 50 years

Unless global warming declines, extinction is in store for as many as one-third Earth's species of plants and animals worldwide.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity climate-change conservation extinction plants

Tiny device records single neurons in the brain

A new tiny, wireless device can record the activity of a single neuron in the brain. It could help in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases.

U. Arizona | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains implants medical-devices neurons

Some sorghum can ‘hide’ from witchweed

The parasite witchweed is one of the greatest threats to food security in Africa. New research identifies how some sorghum crops resist it.

Gail McCormick-Penn State | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture genes parasites plants

City ‘heat islands’ trick trees into thinking it’s spring

Trees in cities turn green earlier in the year due to the "heat island" effect. That matters for climate change, say researchers, as well as allergies.

Fred Love-Iowa State | Feb. 11, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured cities climate-change plants seasons temperature trees

Hemp or marijuana? THC scanner can say in seconds

A new handheld spectrometer can quickly determine whether plants are hemp or marijuana. It's a subtle distinction with legal consequences.

Olga Kuchment-Texas AM | Feb. 11, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture cannabis hemp laws marijuana plants sensors

Biodiversity can be good for farmers’ bottom line

Increasing biodiversity on their land could help farmers boost their revenues, a new study shows.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich | Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture biodiversity crops farmers plants

Clear solar panels could power future greenhouses

The next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar-powered, researchers say. But it might not work as well in chillier climates.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment energy photosynthesis plants renewable-energy

How these pretty weeds resist Roundup

The morning glory is both pretty and a noxious agricultural pest. New research looks into its genome to find out how it resists glyphosate, AKA Roundup.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology flowers genes pesticides plants

Adding iron to wheat could fight ‘hidden hunger’

Biofortification of wheat shows promise for addressing "hidden hunger," a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the human diet.

Nerissa Hannink-Melbourne | Feb. 5, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine agriculture food genetic-engineering iron plants wheat zinc

Eating plants over protein may cut heart disease risk

Plant-based diets may be best for cutting your risk for heart disease, according to new research that finds eating protein-rich foods may do the opposite.

Zachary Sweger-Penn State | Feb. 3, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine body-weight food heart-disease plants protein

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