Flower petals have ‘blue halos’ to attract bees

Edwige Moyroud Flower petals have ‘blue halos’ to attract bees Many wild bees prefer flowers in the violet-blue range—in part because these blossoms tend to produce high volumes of nectar. But it’s not easy for plants to produce blue flowers. Instead, a new study sho...

Analysis of China’s one-child policy sparks uproar

A new controversy has erupted over estimates of how many births China’s one-child policy avoided.  IMAGINE CHINA/NEWSCOM Analysis of China’s one-child policy sparks uproar A new study of China’s one-child policy is roiling demography, sparking calls for t...

This Chicana chemist is paying it forward to support students from underrepresented groups

Alegra Eroy-Reveles Susan Merrell This Chicana chemist is paying it forward to support students from underrepresented groups On a calm September evening in 2010, Alegra Eroy-Reveles had come home from lab and put her toddler to bed when a dear friend called. As they...

Spinning spider silk into startup gold

Vials of synthetic silk, which Spiber, Inc. hopes to spin into parkas and car seat fabric. KIYOSHI OTA/BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY IMAGES Spinning spider silk into startup gold The hype over spider silk has been building since 1710. That was the year François Xavier Bon de ...

Who’s the most influential biomedical scientist? Computer program guided by artificial intelligence…

Eric Lander in 2012 Adam Fagen (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Who’s the most influential biomedical scientist? Computer program guided by artificial intelligence says it knows Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute and a biologist at the Massachusett...

Faculty careers can progress in many directions

iStock.com/DNY59 Faculty careers can progress in many directions The canonical story of faculty productivity goes like this: A researcher begins a tenure-track position, builds their research group, and publishes as much as possible to make their case for being award...

Volcanoes may have triggered riots in ancient Egypt

Yearly flooding along the lower Nile (green swath, above) was critically important for agriculture in ancient Egypt, but a new study suggests climate-changing volcanic eruptions occasionally stifled floods. Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC Vo...

Uber, Intel, and other tech firms will urge Congress to let “Dreamers” stay

A slew of major companies—including tech giants Uber, Intel, Facebook, and Google—are forming a bloc to seek Congressional immigration reform. According to Reuters, which first reported the news late Thursday evening, the companies will band together under the name “Coalition for ...

Uber, Intel, and other tech firms will urge Congress to let “Dreamers” stay

A slew of major companies—including tech giants Uber, Intel, Facebook, and Google—are forming a bloc to seek Congressional immigration reform. According to Reuters, which first reported the news late Thursday evening, the companies will band together under the name “Coalition for ...

EPA says it won’t cut biofuel quotas after corn states push back

In an October 19 letter to corn-belt lawmakers, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said that he won’t seek any rollback to biofuel blending rules, according to Reuters. The agency had been considering some changes to rules set by the Obama administration th...
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