New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

May 1, 2015

New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat. ...

Drones and dogs in guacamole-saving battle

Apr 29, 2015

Drones and dogs in guacamole-saving battle

by

With the killers hiding in the trees, heat-sensing drones are launched into the air. When their whereabouts are narrowed, the dogs are sent in. When it comes to protecting the world’s supply of guacamole, no weapon can be spared. On subtropical farmland in South ...

China tops France in vineyards

Apr 29, 2015

China tops France in vineyards

China now boasts more land dedicated to wine vineyards than France as it tries to satisfy a rapid rise in local demand. China’s vineyards grew to 800,000 hectares (1.9 million acres) last year, putting it behind No. 1 grower Spain but ahead of France. ...

Apr 23, 2015

Fatal attraction for pesticide-addicted bees

Like nicotine for humans, certain pesticides seem to hold an addictive attraction for bees, which seek out tainted food even if it may be bad for them, research showed Wednesday. Not only did bees show no signs of avoiding neonicotinoid-laced food in lab tests, ...

Miyazaki mangoes fetch ¥300,000 in season's first auction

Apr 13, 2015

Miyazaki mangoes fetch ¥300,000 in season's first auction

A brand-name pair of mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture was auctioned off for ¥300,000 ($2,495) on Monday at a wholesale market in the prefectural capital, matching last year’s record high. Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun) mangoes are selected under strict criteria including weight, ...

Apr 12, 2015

Canada glaciers may shrink by 70% by 2100

The glaciers of western Canada, one of the world’s most picturesque mountain regions, are likely to largely melt away over just three generations, scientists say. By 2100, the glaciers of Alberta and British Columbia are set to shrink by 75 percent in area compared ...