Unlike high-profile tornado events such as the deadly, 1.3-mile wide twister in Moore, Oklahoma earlier this year, many tornadoes have gone unnoticed and unreported. That is, until storm chasers began traversing the Midwestern plains and populations expanded further into rural areas.
The Arctic Ocean is becoming more acidic at a much faster rate than expected, a change that might be helped along by melting sea ice.
The change may also threaten the future of one particular – and beautiful -- species, the delicate sea butterfly, or Arctic pteropod, known for the graceful translucent wing-like protrusions from its shell.
With a little genetic tweaking, the temperamental cherry tree in your backyard could really start bearing fruit. Armed with recent advances in plant genomics, botanists are gaining the power to tell plants how to grow.
Humans have been modifying plants for their own ends since the advent of agriculture. By picking out plants with desirable qualities like extra sweet fruit or resistance to frost and then crossing them, plant breeders have crafted nearly every fruit and vegetable we eat today. The produce section of any modern American grocery store serves as a kind of trophy case for this approach.
Scientists have isolated and erased selective memories formed during drug intoxication in mice and rats, leading researchers to consider the possible implications for drug addiction and psychiatric conditions.
It’s not heavenly creatures, but a sooty black fungus that thrives on pollution produced in alcohol distilling processes. Now, Louisville distillers face growing pressure to curb the ethanol emissions that drive the spread of this “whiskey fungus.”