Pitjuri plant

“Laboratory Rat” Plant May Provide Genetic Key to Growing Crops in Space

November 5, 2015 – Queensland University of Technology scientists, in Brisbane, Australia, have identified a gene found in a native tobacco plant, Pitjuri, that may be the key ... Continue Reading →
Canadian honeybees

Strengthening Honeybees through Genomics

November 5, 2015 – There is no field in biomedicine that appears to be advancing more rapidly than genomics. Mapping our DNA and that of the planet’s many species is creating ... Continue Reading →
Wendelstein 7-X under construction

Is Fusion About to Take its Next Step on the Way to a Commercial Reactor?

November 4, 2015 – Hot fusion, cold fusion…the promise of sustainable, commercial fusion reactors remain enigmatic. We just can’t the architecture quite right whether ... Continue Reading →
China's population

Population Tinkering: Why China Abandoned its One Child Policy

November 3, 2015 – When China decided to implement a one-child per family policy in 1979 it was seen by some as the first serious attempt by a government to stop runaway global ... Continue Reading →
SETI search

The Search for Intelligent Life Gets $100 Million and Peter Diamandis Tells Us Why

November 2, 2015 – In his latest communication from the XPrize’s Peter Diamandis, he talks about finding life beyond Earth. But more than that he challenges us to tackle ... Continue Reading →

Saving The Coral – Australia Experiments with Assisted Evolution

November 2, 2015 – In a place called SeaSim, Australian and international teams of scientists are studying coral reefs in conditions that simulate the potential changes that climate ... Continue Reading →

Exxon Targeted as Villain in Suppressing What it Knew About Climate Change

November 1, 2015 – Last July I wrote a posting (link provided) expressing why I was so put off by companies like ExxonMobil. In it I revealed that ExxonMobil’s own engineers ... Continue Reading →
black rhinoceros

Genomics May Save the Rhinoceros and the Coho Salmon

October 31, 2015 – Tonight is Halloween and for the last week people have been greeting me with “Happy Halloween.” Hate to be a grinch but when did Halloween turn ... Continue Reading →

What is Sustainable? – David Suzuki Weighs In on the Subject

October 30, 2015 – “Sustainable development” is the byword phrase of those seeking a way forward for the world economy in light of the need to reduce our global carbon ... Continue Reading →
Cambridge lithium-air battery in EV

Another Battery Breakthrough on the Horizon – Lithium-Air

October 30, 2015 – Back in April 2012 I wrote about the future of battery technology and IBM’s Battery 500 project, aimed at delivering 1,000 times more energy than current ... Continue Reading →