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The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is an open technological platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small civilization with modern comforts.
Unlike banks, businesses, and even residential homes, most farms have little or no security. Most do not even have fences surrounding their crop fields and orchards, which means that the risk of being caught stealing is low, especially when under the
"Crossing human genes into rice is bad enough, but to engineer drugs into a food crop and then release it into the environment, is completely insane"
The researchers discovered that two egg yolks have almost twice as much antioxidant power as an apple, and about the same power as 25 grams of cranberries.1 And the results from the lab tests A.N. brought me on her eggs show they have even more an
For centuries, hemp had been ubiquitous in global commerce – from paper making to the rope used on sailing vessels – until synthetic fibres usurped its naval role and global anti-drug sentiment put paid to the rest.
The botanical beast is so rampant that the state Department of Environmental Conservation has even set up a special Giant Hogweed Hotline -- and ordered a special 14-man crew to root out its nesting spots along streams, roads and unsuspecting residen
I got an idea from this last year. If turnips grow this well in the wild with no care, and humans consume turnips, what other food would grow with no care and would be a real resource for human consumption? So last spring I planted my regular food pl
Agricultural intensification, also known as the Borlaug hypothesis, means increasing yields per unit area of land regardless of the emissions caused, expecting that higher yields at constant demand will spare forest land for conservation. "While
The milk produced by the transgenic cows is identical to the human variety, with the same immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities as breast milk, scientists at China's Agricultural University in Beijing said.
Baby beetroot is around the size of a golf-ball and is slightly sweeter than mature specimens. Beetroot leaves look a lot like baby spinach, with red stems and veins showing through the dark leaves. Often used in mixed salads, they have a peppery tas
Results started showing up almost instantly. Within two days, the treated animals began excreting feces containing E. coli bacteria that were resistant to tetracycline, the antibiotic in their feed. (E. Coli, most of which are harmless, normally live
"Twenty years ago, we had almost no information about how to build a forest," said Jefferson Hall, staff scientist at the Smithsonian and lead editor of the new special issue of Forest Ecology and Management. "People either planted one of four non
typically used to produce liquid smoke, added to meat and other foods for a smoky taste. But other types of plants can also be burned to make the popular seasoning. Rice is a prime candidate, with 680 millions tons produced worldwide each year.
Although replacing an extinct life form with another is controversial, it has been done. Examples are the North American peregrine falcon and yellow crowned night herons in Bermuda. The falcon was re-established using seven subspecies from different
New research identifies llama dung as the key to the success of the Incan empire before the arrival of Europeans in South America.
The tests were conducted as part of a major interdisciplinary research project to develop new ways to control the spread of malaria by disrupting a mosquito’s sense of smell supported by the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative funded by th
We are surrounded by radioactive contaminants in the air, water, soil, and in our food. What to do? We can start by collecting resources to lessen our exposure.
US David researchers are recommending innovative agricultural systems such as organic farming, grass-fed and other alternative livestock production systems, mixed crop and livestock systems, and perennial grains. And it would require significant chan
"The results of this study show a potential win-win situation for the Pantanal and Cerrado's ranches and wildlife," study lead author Donald Parsons Eaton of the conservation society said. "Using rotational grazing techniques will produce healthi
The study supports archaeological evidence gathered in the last decade pointing to rice domestication in the Yangtze Valley beginning approximately 8,000 to 9,000 years ago, while domestication of rice in the India's Ganges region began around abo
I was driving through the Chilean countryside recently and it dawned on me that in most of Chile, even the relatively “dull and drab” parts are downright beautiful.
The air is scented with the first berries of the season. They're fresh and sweet, intensely red and fragrant, and firm -- not pumped up with nitrogen like most commercial strawberries. Cochran, 63, a silver-haired man with an easy manner and quietly
Shreerang Chhatre was inspired by the Namib Beetle, an insect that collects water droplets on bumps on its back, then drinks them when they roll down to its mouth. His "fog harvesters," like those created by other scientists, use a mesh panel in pl
The Power of "NO!"
The authors of a study reported in the current issue of the journal Weed Science conducted tests that compared conventional farming with organic systems. This research determined weed seed viability under both systems over a two-year period in two se
When I go to Jamaica, my friends have coconut palms on their property. They grow on both sides of the road, and they have all the coconut you can eat. We make drinks from them, eat the flesh, and when the coconuts are young, there’s a jelly inside
Is this about fruit flies or really about state tax revenue and control over goods and services?
We had this encounter at the Winterhaven fruit checkpoint on the California Arizona border.