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To understand what might be lost, ecologist Janet K. Jansson taps molecular methods to explore Earth’s underground microbes, from the permafrost to the grasslands
How a positive outlook may buffer us from stress and ward off health problems
Agricultural economists are homing in on hybrid, low-input methods that will both safeguard the environment and feed the future billions
Feeding the planet — now and tomorrow — is no small task. Plant biologist Pamela Ronald says sustainability means using every tool in the toolbox.
Physicists find hints that entanglement explains Einstein’s equations for gravity
Earth-friendly certifications and standards abound for products like coffee, chocolate and palm oil. But do the programs work?
Scientists are finding that microscopic membranous bubbles called extracellular vesicles transmit messages from cells and do big jobs in many areas of biology — plus they might be useful for therapies.
Only recently have scientists directly witnessed this most pivotal of events in biology, thanks to new technology that allows them to observe the process in living cells. It’s teaching them a lot.
Annual assessments can be wildly inaccurate — not to mention soul-crushing. Here’s why the ritual, dreaded by managers and the managed alike, falls short, and what might work better.