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September 2014

A Class Students Dig - September 16, 2014
Ever wanted to go organic in your garden, but didn't know how? Well, students in East Palo Alto, California, are learning. In fact, they really dig the classes they can take to learn to design, plant and maintain their own organic gardens. The...

Harvest Celebration - September 15, 2014
For thousands of years, people have celebrated successful harvests. And today, many celebrations are held on or near the Harvest Moon, which occurs around the time of the fall equinox in late September or early October in the northern hemisphere. ...

Team Tracking Slower Species Emergence - September 12, 2014
French poet Paul Valery wrote, "the trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be." He might've been onto something. According to a study by biologists at the University of Pennsylvania, new species are emerging -- but at a slow...

New Tool May Help Save Endangered Plants - September 11, 2014
Unless you like plants, you might find them rather boring. After all, they don't seem to do much. And, they're not cute and cuddly. But in fact, they are of vital importance: They provide food and shelter for nearly all living things! This makes r...

“Good Onya, Oz” - September 10, 2014
Think you know how to conserve water? Not like Australia, mate, it's in its worst drought on record. Some toddlers Down Under don't even know what rain looks like. But ah, the ever-resourceful Aussies: They've developed a flood of c...

Garden of Eden - September 9, 2014
Adam and Eve -- we've been told -- lived in the Garden of Eden, a place of crystal clear streams, exotic animals, and vibrant plants. The search for this resplendent paradise has driven many a good story. Well, imagine the delight of an expedition...

Grass Defends Turf Naturally - September 8, 2014
"Get out of my space -- or else!" Most people don't know it, but some plants go to extremes to defend their turf. Some even produce a kind of poison to kill off the competition. Leslie Weston and fellow researchers at Cornell University recentl...

Don’t Flush -- Ballast, That Is - September 5, 2014
Don't flush! At least not your ship's ballast tanks. In port, cargo ships load tons of seawater into ballast tanks that add weight to balance the ship and maintain stability at sea. Trouble is, that water contains all manner of local mar...

Finding Food in Africa - September 4, 2014
Sometimes you don't have to look far to find a solution. While 300 million people in Africa suffer from hunger and malnutrition, the most popular vegetables in their diet are costly imports, even though Africa has plenty of edible native plants. ...

Panda Conservation - September 3, 2014
Is there a sex-therapist in the house? Apparently, China's pandas could use some help. It seems that some of the males have lost their moves, their mojo, their get down and boogy...well you get the picture. But Zhang Zhihe, head of the Che...

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