Monsanto targets Arkansas plant board that voted to heavily restrict dicamba herbicide use

Monsanto targets Arkansas plant board that voted to heavily restrict dicamba herbicide use

Dan Charles | 
In Arkansas, there's a kind of David-versus-Goliath battle underway over a weedkiller. On one side, there's the giant Monsanto Company ...
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Earth Microbiome Project: DNA reveals global map of soil bacteria, opening door to novel antibiotics

Dan Charles | 
[Scientists] collect samples of soil and extract all the DNA contained in that sample, from all the organisms living there ...
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Alzheimer’s treatment breakthrough? ‘Ten years should be enough time’

Terry Gross | 
British neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli first set out to study Alzheimer's because of his grandfather, who developed the disease when Jebelli ...
Organic industry's bitter divide over hydroponics is about philosophy—and market share

Organic industry’s bitter divide over hydroponics is about philosophy—and market share

Dan Charles | 
Dave Chapman and dozens of other longtime organic farmers packed a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board in Jacksonville, ...
Mildew-resistant GMO hops could revive once-thriving New York beer brewing industry

Mildew-resistant GMO hops could revive once-thriving New York beer brewing industry

Lela Nargi | 
Hops helped make vast fortunes for farmers and brewers in New York state in the 19th century. Then, around 1910, ...
Weed scientists criticize Monsanto for mishandling dicamba herbicide rollout, drift crisis

Weed scientists criticize Monsanto for mishandling dicamba herbicide rollout, drift crisis

Dan Charles | 
Dicamba, an old weedkiller that's now being used in new ways, has thrust [Kevin Bradley, a professor of weed science ...
Low-fat CRISPR gene-edited pigs could reduce animal suffering and costs

Low-fat CRISPR gene-edited pigs could reduce animal suffering and costs

Rob Stein | 
Here's something that may sound like a contradiction in terms: low-fat pigs. But that's exactly what Chinese scientists have created ...
Transformative potential—and risks—of artificial intelligence

Transformative potential—and risks—of artificial intelligence

Max Tegmark | 
[Editor's note: Max Tegmark is a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of Life 3.0: ...
Robot's artificial intelligence poses unique concerns

Robot’s artificial intelligence poses unique concerns

Adam Frank | 
Should you be scared by [artificial intelligence]? Based on a lecture I just attended, my answer is: "absolutely, but not ...
Evaluating ape intelligence is as complicated as measuring human IQ

Evaluating ape intelligence is as complicated as measuring human IQ

Barbara King | 
Ape (especially chimpanzee) social intelligence, the authors [David Leavens and Kim Bard] say, has been routinely mismeasured because apes are ...
'Gassy cows' can be bred to reduce climate-polluting methane emissions

‘Gassy cows’ can be bred to reduce climate-polluting methane emissions

Angus Chen | 
Livestock account for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, with over half of that coming from cattle, according to ...
Transgender man okayed to play in women's pro hockey league raises complex issues

Transgender man okayed to play in women’s pro hockey league raises complex issues

Maggie Mertens | 
[E]arlier this month, [Harrison] Browne, a transgender man [biologically born with female genitalia], made a surprising announcement: He would delay ...
What if facial features do reveal sexual orientation?

What if facial features do reveal sexual orientation?

Alva Noe | 
Drawing on databases of images collected from an online dating site, a new study conducted at Stanford University concludes that ...
Podcast: Gene editing is life code's 'unnatural selection' tipping point

Podcast: Gene editing is life code’s ‘unnatural selection’ tipping point

Juan Enriquez, Guy Raz | 
[Editor's note: Futurist Juan Enriquez talks with Guy Raz, host of NPR's TED Radio Hour.] RAZ: This is Juan Enriquez. He's ...
Podcast: Exploring the consequences of gene editing's links to 'eugenics'

Podcast: Exploring the consequences of gene editing’s links to ‘eugenics’

Paul Knoepfler, Guy Raz | 
[Editor's note: Paul Knoepfler, a UC-Davis biology professor and researcher, is interviewed by Guy Raz for NPR's Ted Radio Hour.] ...
Inside a gene editing lab: Editing life's mutations and pondering the ethical consequences

Inside a gene editing lab: Editing life’s mutations and pondering the ethical consequences

Rob Stein | 
Human eggs are the key starting point for the groundbreaking experiments underway in this lab. It's run by Shoukhrat Mitalipov, a ...
Bumblebee queens exposed to neonicotinoid insecticide less likely to lay eggs, lab study finds

Bumblebee queens exposed to neonicotinoid insecticide less likely to lay eggs, lab study finds

Dan Charles | 
A group of scientists in the United Kingdom decided to look at how bumblebee queens are affected by some widely ...
Seeds on ice: 'Doomsday' vault preserves global seed diversity

Seeds on ice: ‘Doomsday’ vault preserves global seed diversity

Terry Gross, Cary Fowler | 
[Editor's note: The following is an excerpt of the transcript of an interview with Cary Fowler, creator of the Global ...
Metamemory and Alzheimer's: How humans (and rats) monitor their own thoughts

Metamemory and Alzheimer’s: How humans (and rats) monitor their own thoughts

Jon Hamilton | 
Rats have shown that they have the ability to monitor the strength of their own memories, researchers from Providence College reported...in ...
Reproductive 'wake-up call'? Mystery decline in sperm count of men in industrialized countries

Reproductive ‘wake-up call’? Mystery decline in sperm count of men in industrialized countries

Rob Stein | 
An international team of scientists analyzed data from nearly 43,000 men in dozens of industrialized countries and found that sperm ...
Too much inbreeding? Can diversifying honeybees' gene pool increase survival?

Too much inbreeding? Can diversifying honeybees’ gene pool increase survival?

Ryan Bell | 
Since 2008, [Susan] Cobey [a honeybee breeder on Whidbey Island, Wash.] has done her share of bee abdomen rubbing as ...
'Steel and diesel': Controlling weeds on organic farms requires more labor and fuel

‘Steel and diesel’: Controlling weeds on organic farms requires more labor and fuel

Courtney Flatt | 
This spring has been strange in Oregon's Lane County. "It rained every day. I'm exaggerating, but only by two days," ...
Arkansas Plant Board votes to ban herbicide dicamba after farmers complain about damages to neighboring crops

Arkansas Plant Board votes to ban herbicide dicamba after farmers complain about damages to neighboring crops

Dan Charles | 
Arkansas's pesticide regulators have stepped into the middle of an epic battle between weeds and chemicals, which has now morphed ...
Sequencing your genome may become a routine part of family checkup

Sequencing your genome may become a routine part of family checkup

Rob Stein | 
Advances in technology have made it much easier, faster and less expensive to do whole genome sequencing...Falling costs have given ...
Podcast: Journalist Michael Specter on GMOs and danger of science denialism

Podcast: Journalist Michael Specter on GMOs and danger of science denialism

Michael Specter | 
Michael Specter is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, covering science and politics. His book, Denialism: How Irrational ...
FBI says Chinese spying, theft of US agricultural biotechnology is 'a growing threat'

FBI says Chinese spying, theft of US agricultural biotechnology is ‘a growing threat’

Bryan Thompson | 
As a group of visiting scientists prepared to board a plane in Hawaii that would take them back home to ...
Brain cell transplants to treat Parkinson's disease may return after 14-year ban

Brain cell transplants to treat Parkinson’s disease may return after 14-year ban

Jon Hamilton | 
Researchers are working to revive a radical treatment for Parkinson's disease. The treatment involves transplanting healthy brain cells to replace ...
Protecting bees from neonicotinoid 'poison dust': Scientists disagree on best method

Protecting bees from neonicotinoid ‘poison dust’: Scientists disagree on best method

Dan Charles | 
Most of those seeds have been coated with pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. And despite attempts by ...