Can Genetic Engineering Cure Sickle Cell Anemia?

March 6, 2017 – In the March 2nd edition of The New England Journal of Medicine, an article entitled, Gene Therapy in a Patient with Sickle Cell Disease, describes the use of ... Continue Reading →

When Humans Chose to Farm They Picked the Wrong Staple Crops to Grow

February 18, 2017 – We think of the Neolithic or Agricultural Revolution as the defining beginnings of modern human civilization. With the rise of farming, humans moved from hunter-gatherers ... Continue Reading →

Where Saltwater and Freshwater Meet There is Potent Energy

February 17, 2017 – Ever heard of the salinity gradient? At Pennsylvania State University, civil engineers are working to develop a form of electrical power generation from where ... Continue Reading →

Armyworms on the March in Africa – Pose a Major Threat to Food Production

February 15, 2017 – One of the consequences of greater global integration is the spread of invasive species. In Africa, already feeling the impact of a drying trend associated ... Continue Reading →

China Spending Billions to Make Rain

February 14, 2017 – China tried rainmaking during its hosting of the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Cannons fired silver iodide and dry ice shells into the skies around the ... Continue Reading →

DNA Adds X and Y to A,C,T and G in First Stable Semi-synthetic Organism

February 7, 2017 – Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) announced they had created a  stable semisynthetic organism in research appearing in the January 23, 2017 ... Continue Reading →

Unintended Consequences of Trump’s New Wall

January 26, 2017 – When you build a wall to keep out people you also create unintended consequences including changes to the environment, wildlife migration and water flow. In ... Continue Reading →

African and Asian Urban Expansion by 2030 Will Impact Critical Farmland

January 25, 2017 – The rapid expansion of Asian and African cities, fueled by rural to urban migration will have a significant impact on croplands and yields by 2030 states a ... Continue Reading →

Study Shows Climate Change Will Shift U.S. Crop Production North and East

January 24, 2017 – A new published study appearing in Scientific Reports describes changes to historic planting of crops in the United States looking at temperature, precipitation ... Continue Reading →

Annual Global Risks Report for 2017 Has Extreme Weather Events at the Top of its List

January 19, 2017 – The World Economic Forum (WEF) publishes an annual risks report citing those factors posing the greatest challenge to the global economy. In its 12th edition, ... Continue Reading →