Plant hackers at work: microscopic oomycete spores infiltrating a plant root.
Oomycete spores hack into plants to get what they need, causing agricultural disease. Can researchers figure out how to close plants' security loopholes and create more resilient crops?
Crepúsculo en Silicon Valley desde Sierra Vista. San José, condado de Santa Clara, California, EEUU.
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Las grandes tecnológicas son noticia por maltratar a sus trabajadores, a los clientes y a la sociedad. ¿Está su potencial económico a punto de colapsar como ocurrió con Detroit hace años?
Once lauded for their vision and promise, Silicon Valley giants have made life so hard for locals that residents regularly protest the companies, including their amenities like charter buses to save workers from the region’s terrible traffic.
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Big technology firms are becoming known for mistreating workers, customers and society as a whole. Is an economic powerhouse about to collapse like Detroit did years go?
Cleaning counters and keyboards can remove flu virus, which can survive well there, a study suggests.
Vaccination against the flu is the best way to stop its spread, but a recent study suggests increasing air circulation and cleaning surfaces to remove the virus from the environment.
Proper guidance, support and advice can help university students enormously.
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Formal, accessible academic advice systems can help university graduation rates.
Texas farmer Taylor Wilcox received USDA funding to flood his fallow rice fields, creating habitat for black-necked stilts and other birds.
The Agriculture Department provides nearly $6 billion annually for land, water and wildlife conservation on farms. President Trump's 2019 budget drastically reduces funds for these programs.
Many cities collect valuable data on themselves.
Many cities lack the resources to analyze their own vast troves of administrative data.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
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Civilians have become so far removed from the military and war, it can be hard to understand veterans. Their poetry can help us connect.
Don’t overlook immediate safety in a search for something better.
Consumers with high hopes of driverless vehicles improving safety might be looking past the boring near-term advances that could make a real difference. It happened before – more than 60 years ago.
FEMA’s handling of Hurricane Katrina inspired resentment in the affected communities – but did it bring about real change in the organization?
Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters?
A man sporting a Nazi tattoo leaves Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12, 2017.
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Given recent events, you might have had an inkling that extremist views have been resonating. Researchers from the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention have the hard data to back it up.
A group of Maasai men look at the mobile phone belonging to one of them.
What do traditional Maasai people use mobile phones for?
Coyote at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado.
The US Department of Agriculture kills thousands of predators yearly, mainly for attacking livestock. A conservation biologist explains why this policy is ineffective and ecologically harmful.
A visitor pauses at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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An Army veteran and professor of rhetoric explores poetry written by veterans about a divisive holiday born of the Civil War.
Modeled by artificial intelligence: The Roberts Court, 2010-2016.
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Our data-driven model was able to create a reasonably accurate assessment of justices' views on issues, predict their alignments on cases and identify who might be a swing vote.
Our modern crops need some help in the immunity department.
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Modern agriculture is synonymous with monoculture. That lack of diversity is bad news for plants' natural immune defenses. Researchers are figuring out how to help plants fend off microbes – without pesticides.
Virginia Tech students process water samples from homes in Flint.
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Virginia Tech University engineering students blew the whistle on Flint, Michigan's toxic drinking water. Hailed as heroes, they've also learned that it isn't easy to do science for the public good.
A basic income may distribute the peanuts a little more fairly.
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Providing citizens with a basic income has shown signs of success in lifting people out of poverty, but more importantly the idea is transforming the way we think about inequality.
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Scientists have shown how tiny organic tissue remnants in fossils correspond to the pigments in the animals' original skin and hair.
Nourishment from letters
Four former university presidents speak up for the liberal arts.