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Reinventing Rice to Feed the World
With prices of rice and other cereals soaring and granaries emptying, it might take a second green revolution to avert widespread famine.
Tropical medicine. Surprising new dengue virus throws a spanner in disease control efforts.
TLDR
At a meeting this week in Bangkok, scientists announced the discovery of the first new dengue serotype in a half century, which may help vaccine developers make a preparation effective against the four known serotypes.
The New Face of Traditional Chinese Medicine
TOKYO-- This year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a phase II trial to test the efficacy of Kanglaite in treating non-small-cell lung cancer, making Kanglaite the first drug derived
Coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in South Korea. What’s the secret to its success?
Europe is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic Case counts and deaths are soaring in Italy, Spain, France, and Germany, and many countries have imposed lockdowns and closed borders Meanwhile,
New SARS-like virus in China triggers alarm.
TLDR
After criticism surfaced about potential delays in sharing information, Chinese scientists have made six sequences of the virus available, which has allowed other researchers to rapidly develop diagnostic tests and begin synthesizing the virus so it can be studied in animal markets.
In our own image.
TLDR
With a wave of more sophisticated social robots about to hit the mass market, the debate is no longer academic, and the roboticists, who use robots both operating autonomously and under human remote control, have come to some startling conclusions.
Getting at the Roots of Killer Dust Storms
  • D. Normile
  • Environmental Science
    Science
  • 20 July 2007
TLDR
A simple experiment to wean villagers off destructive land practices suggests a way to tame the yellow blizzards in East Asia.
ECOLOGY. El Niño's warmth devastating reefs worldwide.
  • D. Normile
  • Environmental Science
    Science
  • 1 April 2016
TLDR
The GBR joins a lengthening list of reefs bleached because of the El Nino that started in late 2014, and is now the longest bleaching event ever, and many more corals worldwide will likely die.
Environmental restoration. Restoration or devastation?
  • D. Normile
  • Environmental Science
    Science
  • 26 March 2010
TLDR
The South Korean government's $19 billion Four Major Rivers Restoration Project will dramatically transform the Han, Nakdong, Geum, and Yeongsan rivers.
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