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The legume family tree

(Penn State) The most comprehensive study of the family tree for legumes, the plant family that includes beans, soybeans, peanuts, and many other economically important crop plants, reveals a history of whole-genome duplications.

New weather warning gauge

(Flinders University) Australia, the driest inhabited continent, is prone to natural disasters and wild swings in weather conditions – from floods to droughts, heatwaves and bushfires. Now two new Flinders University studies of long-term hydro-climatic patterns provide fresh insights into the causes of the island continent’s strong climate variability which affect extreme wet or dry weather and other conditions vital to water supply, agriculture, the environment and the nation’s future.

Uncontrollable China rocket hurtles towards re-entry

China’s Long March 5B rocket successfully reached orbit as planned. The core stage, however, also reached orbit, and may now be one of the largest ever to make an uncontrolled reentry back into Earth’s atmosphere.

Brantley elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

(Penn State) Susan L. Brantley, distinguished professor of geosciences and director of the Earth Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2021 class of members contains 252 new members who join the more than 13,500 members who have been elected since the Academy was founded in 1780 by the country’s founders.

NASA’s new fleet of satellites will offer insights into the wild cards of climate change – Science Magazine

Planned NASA satellites will measure the vertical motions that lead to towering storm clouds. SANTIAGO BORJA By Paul VoosenMay. 5, 2021 , 11:15 AM NASA is about to announce its next generation of Earth-observing satellites. As soon as this month,…

Snakeskin can inspire to safer buildings

(Aarhus University) It might be a good idea to look for inspiration in nature when designing load-bearing foundations for buildings. Researchers from Aarhus University and University of California Davis have delved into pile foundations and found, that piles with snake inspired surface patterns give 25-50 per cent less resistance during installation compared with the pressure they can subsequently support. The findings have been published in Acta Geotechnica.

New Smart Farming Robot Unveiled That ‘Smokes’ Weeds With High-Powered Lasers For Healthy Weeding

Weeds compete for soil nutrients, water, space, and sunlight with the crops farmers grow to help feed people. Now a third-generation weeding robot, armed with lasers and powered by AI, offers the ultimate labor-saving device—while also eliminating the need for chemical herbicides. The Autonomous Weeder by Carbon Robotics can eliminate 100,000 weeds per hour, and […]

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When Is the Right Time to Start Your Backyard Composter?

Vermont became the first state to mandate composting of food scraps. While this was the first state-wide mandate, there are cities across the U.S. that have also discussed or implemented laws requiring food waste to go into composters instead of the trash. California is set to start its mandatory food waste composting requirement in 2022. You’ve […]