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A tweaked yeast can make ethanol from cornstalks and a harvest’s other leftovers

When corn farmers harvest their crop, they often leave the stalks, leaves and spent cobs to rot in the fields. Now, engineers...

Nanoscale nutrients can protect plants from fungal diseases

Chances are, most — if not all — of the produce in your kitchen is threatened by fungal diseases. The threat looms...

‘Tree Story’ explores what tree rings can tell us about the past

Once you look at trees through the eyes of a dendrochronologist, you never quite see the leafy wonders the same way again....

Climate change made a southwestern U.S. drought one of the worst in 1,200 years

The drought in southwestern North America that lasted from 2000 to 2018 is among the most severe to strike the region in...

Coronavirus and technical issues delay a Mars mission’s launch

A joint European and Russian mission to Mars is being postponed from July until sometime in 2022, as the coronavirus pandemic is...

Economic costs of rising seas will be steeper than we thought, unless we prepare

Rising seas that swamp cities and coastal infrastructure could cost the world more than 4 percent of the global economy each year...