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A John Deere tractor makes its way through floodwaters in Fargo, North Dakota. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The dirt on soil loss from the Midwest floods

Recent extreme rains and weather in the Midwest are causing a multitude of problems in the topsoil that much of the nation's food supply relies on.
The split gill mushroom Schizophyllum commune, a fungal species that includes more than 20,000 sexes. Bernard Spragg

Where sexes come by the thousands

There is more to sex than male and female. For some species there are hundreds and even thousands of sexes and mating types.
Ant colonies direct traffic flows of millions of individuals along the best routes – army ants even manage inbound and outbound lanes – but how? Geoff Gallice/Wikimedia

Nature’s traffic engineers have come up with many simple but effective solutions

Insects aren't known for having big brains, and slime moulds and fungi don't have any. So how do they solve challenges that test the ingenuity of human transport engineers?
Mushrooms for many are just an addition to a slice of pizza, but the fungi are now gaining a reputation for their nutrients. Subbatina Anna/Shutterstock.com

How the lowly mushroom is becoming a nutritional star

Mushrooms, long popular on pizza and in cooking, are getting more attention for their health benefits. Here are some reasons you might want to add them to your grocery list and not just your pizza.

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