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  • French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth (Update)

    07/28/2015 12:23:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    A 16-year-old French volunteer archaeologist has found an adult tooth dating back around 560,000 years in southwestern France, in what researchers hailed as a "major discovery" Tuesday. "A large adult tooth—we can't say if it was from a male or female—was found during excavations of soil we know to be between 550,000 and 580,000 years old, because we used different dating methods," paleoanthropologist Amelie Viallet told AFP. "This is a major discovery because we have very few human fossils from this period in Europe," she said. The tooth was found in the Arago cave near the village of Tautavel, one...
  • Hillsborough County FL Sheriff Backs Off Investigating Report Of Alien Grow House In Subdivision?

    07/27/2015 7:39:27 PM PDT · by 4Runner · 20 replies
    07/27/2015 | 4Runner
    I'm not going to keep quiet about this. Last November Florida residents defeated the medical marijuana bill at the polls. A Pyrhhic victory at best. On July 19 I wrote a detailed report and submitted it online at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office website. This is the Tampa area of Florida. My report documented the suspected existence of a single family detached residence rental home in our subdivision being used as a marijuana grow house by a drug gang. A tax search disclosed that the property is listed to an Oakland, California real estate management firm known as FETLAR LLC....
  • Mammoths killed by abrupt climate change

    07/24/2015 10:12:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | July 23, 2015 | Provided by: University of Adelaide
    This image shows mammoth vertebrae in ice, Yukon Territory, Canada. Credit: Photo Kieren Mitchell, University of Adelaide ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in Earth's past. Using advances in analysing ancient DNA, radiocarbon dating and other geologic records an international team led by researchers from the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales (Australia) have revealed that short, rapid warming events, known as interstadials, recorded during the last ice age or Pleistocene...
  • Could Your Hamburger be Killing Polar Bears?

    07/21/2015 2:31:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    One Green Planet ^ | Lauren Kearney
    The image of a polar bear floating on a single sheet of ice has become synonymous with the discussion of climate change. As the polar bear’s habitat literally melts before our eyes, we are starting to recognize the direct impact that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are having on the other species we share the world with. The polar bear’s Arctic habitat is quickly diminishing, in fact, an estimated 8.6 million acres of ice disappear a year and this rate is only expected to increase along with the temperature of the planet. With this in mind, many conservationists have begun to...
  • CDC: Don't kiss your pet chicken

    07/17/2015 6:34:55 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 40 replies
    myfoxny ^ | 7-17-15 | Mac King
    <p>In the backyard of a Tudor home on a leafy street in Queens live four tenants who pay their rent in companionship, pest control, and fresh eggs.</p> <p>"Our 9-year-old daughter wanted a dog for her birthday and we surprised her with chickens instead. She was at first disappointed," said Ruth Harrigan. "They're very independent. It's almost like having a cat."</p>
  • Old Man Kills 3 Wolves to Avenge Sheep (He chased them for hours before shooting them)

    07/17/2015 12:09:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    He chased them for hours before shooting themA Saudi farmer in his 70s got into his four-wheel car and chased three wolves for hours before shooting them with his machine gun after they killed his sheep. Mohammed Al Sandali chased the wolves into hills and valleys before spotting them resting after a raid on his sheep and nearby farms in the Western town of Raniyah. “He got out of his car, stalked the wolves and shot them…he then brought them dead to his village to show them to the farmers,” ‘Sabq’ daily said.
  • The USDA Doesn’t Want Us to Eat Lungs [HAGGIS BAN]

    07/16/2015 10:02:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    munchies.vice.com ^ | July 3, 2014 / 10:22 am | By Baylen Linnekin
    Earlier this week, USDA secretary Tom Vilsack met in Washington with representatives from the British government. Atop the list of issues UK environment secretary Owen Paterson was to bring up in his meeting with Vilsack is the continuing US ban on the sale of authentic Scottish haggis. Haggis, Scotland’s national dish, has been unavailable in the United States since 1971, when the USDA issued a succinct rule: “Livestock lungs shall not be saved for use as human food.” But sheep lungs are a key ingredient in haggis. The reasoning behind the USDA’s ban on lungs is generally couched in terms...
  • 10 Rotten Foods You Are Used To Eating

    07/16/2015 8:28:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 70 replies
    www.minq.com ^ | 07-15-2015 | Staff
    While we're taught that food that smells rotten should be thrown away, there are actually many foods that you eat whenever they've just started rotting. Of course, it's not pleasant to call these foods rotten, so we refer to them in different ways instead. Cheese Making cheese comes down to your ability to control rot. This is because milk is treated with bacteria and enzymes causing it to curdle. The curdles are then cut, formed and ripened into cheese. Stinkheads Another native Alaskan delicacy is what's known as stinkheads. These are King Salmon heads that have either been buried in...
  • Global Warming Is Wiping Out the Bees

    07/09/2015 12:50:06 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 44 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | July 9, 2015 18:00 UTC | Alan Neuhauser
    Bumblebees, a linchpin of the global food supply, are vanishing across huge swaths of North America and Europe as a result of climate change, a new study says. The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, apparently solve a mystery that's alarmed farmers, experts, policymakers and environmental advocates worldwide, as well as bedeviled researchers. While habitat destruction and potent pesticides known as neonicotinoids have destroyed some bumblebee populations, researchers concluded climate change has played the greatest role in the mass disappearance of bumblebee species, which pollinate plants and crops that are part of the food supply for both animals and...
  • Breaking News: Worker Ants Really Lazy

    07/07/2015 6:26:39 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 22 replies
    A Bug’s Life 07.07.156:05 PM ET Breaking News: Worker Ants Really Lazy A new study out of the University of Arizona finds that ants specialize in inactivity. Good news for slackers! Turns out nature’s archetypal busybodies, worker ants, are lazy too.Researchers have actually been aware of ants’ slacker habits for a while, but they didn’t know whether the sluggish members of the Temnothorax rugatulus species of western North America were inactive or rather just taking a break.“It’s just the sort of a thing that anyone who’s ever worked on social insects has noticed: ‘Oh look, half of them are standing around...
  • How to Prepare for a Collapse in 9 Steps – a Case Study with David Holmgren

    06/25/2015 8:58:34 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 17 replies
    Walden Labs ^ | 6-26-15 | William Horvath
    How to Prepare for a Collapse in 9 Steps – a Case Study with David Holmgren By William Horvath It’s 2025, the long troubled financial markets have finally crashed the overleveraged banking system and the world is experiencing global depression on a massive scale. Precipitated by environmental destruction, heatwaves are scorching the planet, destroying the monoculture food crops, and there are food riots in every major city. In order to maintain the social order upon panicked and desperate populations governments are forced to introduce a command economy, issuing people supermarket food stamps.But for you and your family nothing has changed,...
  • Undergraduate discovers new firefly species [CA]

    06/25/2015 8:46:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-25-2015 | Iqbal Pittalwala & Provided by University of California - Riverside
    The Entomology Research Museum at the University of California, Riverside today announced the discovery of a new species of firefly from Southern California, collected by an undergraduate student as part of his semester's insect collection. Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist, said the student, Joshua Oliva, obtained one specimen of the new species while collecting near Topanga, Calif. "He wasn't 100 percent certain it was a firefly, and brought it to me for confirmation," Yanega said. "I know the local fauna well enough that within minutes I was able to tell him he had found something entirely new to science. I...
  • Tell Us Something Good About Your Dad

    06/21/2015 11:13:44 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 101 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 6/21/15 | blueunicorn6
    My Dad taught me how to drive a car with a manual transmission. "Let the clutch out slower next time."
  • Finland: Horse manure plan to heat homes

    06/17/2015 6:33:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | June 15, 2015
    Finland's government wants the country to turn away from fossil fuels and look towards horse manure to heat its homes instead, it's reported. The new coalition's manifesto sets out plans for the large-scale use of horse dung as a renewable source of energy, the national broadcaster Yle reports. One energy company is already trying out a biofuel made by mixing horse manure with a wood-based litter, which is then burned to create power. The Fortum group says the annual waste created by three horses would be enough to heat a family home for a year. And with about 77,000 horses...
  • Couple Paints American Flag On Brown Lawn As San Jose Forces Water Cutbacks During Drought

    06/16/2015 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | June 15, 2015 10:39 PM | Andria Borba
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose is forcing its residents to cut back on water use during the drought, so one couple found a patriotic solution to their ugly brown lawn by painting an American flag on it. Claudia Decker and her husband stopped watering their lawn in January. Tired of looking at the patchy turf and dirt, they wanted to increase their curb appeal. “People are painting their lawns green because of the drought,” Decker told KPIX 5. Instead of green, the couple painted an American flag on the lawn, in honor of Flag Day. The flag even...
  • Rare 15-Foot Agave Plant Blooms in Dallas

    06/11/2015 10:51:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 6/11
    A 15-foot-tall Agave plant is blooming and drawing crowds to the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum says the Agave victoriae-reginae is 20 years old and this will be the only time it blooms in its lifetime. Once it finishes blooming, the plant will die, but not before sowing seeds for the next generation. The plant just started opening up and will bloom in the Garden's Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden for two to four weeks. Agave victoriae-reginae plant is endangered in its native Sierra Madre mountain range of Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • Vanity: Who has a good recipe for Garlic / Deli Style pickles?

    06/10/2015 2:19:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    My dark and forboding mind................... | 06-10-2015 | Red Badger
    I'm tired of paying good money for soft pickles..................
  • Doctors remove 420 kidney stones 'caused by excessive tofu' from patient in China

    06/09/2015 11:00:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 76 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk/news ^ | 10:48AM BST 09 Jun 2015 | By Charlotte Middlehurst, Shanghai
    The operation to remove hundreds of tiny stones took doctors around two hours Doctors in China have removed 420 kidney stones from a man's body, blaming an excessive amount of tofu in his daily diet. Mr He from Zhejiang Province in eastern China, checked into the Dongyang People's Hospital complaining of intense pain in his abdomen last month. A CT scan revealed that his left kidney was packed full of stones, most of them tiny. Doctors operated on Friday in an agonising procedure that lasted about two hours. Mr He said he had a history of suffering from kidney stones....
  • Yes, that ant does smell like blue cheese

    06/08/2015 10:49:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-08-2015 | Matt Shipman & Provided by North Carolina State University
    If you live in the United States, you've probably seen an odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile) – one of the most common ants in the country. And for more than 50 years they've been described as smelling like rotten coconut. But Clint Penick thinks they smell like blue cheese. And he can prove he's right. Penick is postdoctoral researcher at NC State. Most of his work revolves around ants, and for years he's been fascinated by the fact that you can identify some ant species by smell – such as T. sessile. In grad school he heard that T. sessile...
  • Search is on for World’s Best Steak

    06/06/2015 9:55:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    Global Meat News ^ | Friday, Jun 5, 2015 | Georgi Gyton
    A new international competition, from the team behind GlobalMeatNews, launches today (5 June) - the World Steak Challenge.
  • So ... Cattle Rustlin' Is Still A Thing

    06/05/2015 3:41:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    San Antonio Current ^ | Fri, Jun 5, 2015 | Mark Reagan
    A 56-year-old man from North Texas is accused of stealing 144 head of cattle from two ranchers, including one who is elderly. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association announced in a press release that Jerry Dean Kulow, who is accused of third degree felony theft of livestock and second degree felony theft of livestock from the elderly on May 4 was arrested Thursday. Kulow was a ranch foreman for one of the victims. All of the cattle stolen were worth nearly $100,000. According to the TSCRA, Kulow confessed to the crime, but didn't tell authorities where the money went....
  • The Quest to Engineer the Perfect Potato

    06/05/2015 12:25:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | June 5, 2015 | By Mike Orcutt
    Researchers in the U.K. aim for a new commercial potato that resists many of the worst vulnerabilities of potato crops around the world. Super spuds are coming. A genetically modified potato that could resist destructive blight, defend itself against parasitic worms, avoid bruising, and cut down on the accumulation of a suspected carcinogen during cooking would be worth many billions of dollars per year to potato producers across the world. It could also serve as a model technology for addressing issues that affect many different crops and are increasingly likely to cause concerns about global food security as the population...
  • Millions of Flies Invade Dozens of Isanti (MN) County Homes for Weeks

    06/04/2015 8:34:07 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/4/15 | Brett Hoffland
    Millions of flies are invading one Minnesota neighborhood, and nothing his being done. Officials say one farmer is responsible for the infestation. "We've been getting these flies like this. They're all over the car, they're all over the house, they're in our full barn, they're in our patio by the billions," Tom Hanson said. Hanson says it started thanks to their neighbor across the street who owns the property, but doesn't normally live there. "The gentleman across the road has been dumping this stuff since last winter and he has no intention of cleaning it up. He doesn't care what...
  • World Grain Markets: Record Supplies Support Growing Global Consumption

    06/03/2015 7:50:59 AM PDT · by jjotto · 4 replies
    AGFAX ^ | May 13, 2015 | USDA
    Global corn production in 2015/16 is projected down from last year’s record, with lower forecasts for the United States, EU, Brazil, and Ukraine. Global corn consumption is expected to climb slightly above production for the first time in 5 years. Global ending stocks are forecast mostly unchanged, with growth in China nearly offsetting stocks declines in the United States and other foreign countries. World corn import demand is expected higher, led by the EU and Saudi Arabia. Wheat production is forecast down from last year’s record, but still above consumption for the third straight year. Global consumption is projected up...
  • Is Grass-Fed Really Better?

    06/02/2015 8:08:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 86 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6.2 | Jane Black
    For you? For anyone?While cows are four-stomached ruminants designed to eat grass, not grain, burgers made from them aren’t exactly health food and won’t reverse climate change. The meat might be leaner (a pro or con, depending on who’s eating it) and contain higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and a lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. But only very marginally: An eight-ounce grass-fed burger has between 45 and 68 milligrams of omega-3s. The equivalent portion of sockeye salmon serves up 65 times that much. “The omega-3s come from eating greens — grass if you’re a cow,...
  • Feds Inspect Fla. Monkey Farm at PETA's Behest

    06/01/2015 8:26:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating a monkey breeding facility in southwest Florida after an animal welfare group said an undercover worker found sick and injured monkeys living in inhumane and unsanitary conditions. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a video Monday purporting to show conditions at Primate Products Inc. in Hendry County. PETA spokesman Dan Paden said the video was taken by a PETA employee who was hired to work undercover at the facility. PETA first gave the video exclusively to The Associated Press. After meeting with PETA, inspectors from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health...
  • California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought

    05/29/2015 11:06:23 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2015 | Todd C. Frankel
    The Salton Sea is the largest lake in California, 360 square miles of unlikely liquid pooled in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Now the sea is slipping away. The Salton Sea needs more water — but so does just about every other place in California. And what is happening here perfectly illustrates the fight over water in the West, where epic drought has revived decades-old battles and the simple solutions have all been tried. Allowing the Salton Sea to shrink unabated would be catastrophic, experts say. Dried lake bed, called playa, is lighter and flies farther than ordinary soil....
  • Volunteers Fight Brazilian Pepper Tree in Flagler County

    05/28/2015 1:36:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    MyNews13 ^ | 5/28
    There's something in the trees of Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve in Flagler Beach. It is not the elusive Florida Skunk Ape though. It's something much more real and dangerous: pepper pickers -- a group of volunteers trying to remove invasive Brazilian pepper trees from the park. Mike Lagasse is the Flagler County Land Management Coordinator. “Even if we knock it out of this park, you know, it's in people's yards," He said. "And birds don't know boundaries, you know.” That's because birds like the bright red berries the trees produce in the winter and have helped spread the plant. The...
  • A century on, experts crack mystery of holes in Swiss cheese

    05/28/2015 10:05:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-28-2015 | Staff
    Eureka! After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. Despite what you may have been told as a child, they are not caused by mice nibbling away inside cheese wheels. Experts from Agroscope, a state centre for agricultural research, said the phenomenon—which marks famous Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Appenzell—was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought. They found that the mystery holes in such cheeses became smaller or disappeared when milk used for cheese-making was extracted using modern...
  • Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing

    05/25/2015 9:39:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2015 12:36 PM EDT | Claudia Lauer
    The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria. Since 1988, the number of research universities offering botany degrees has dropped by half, according to National Science Foundation research funding statistics. And the National Center for Education Statistics reports that fewer than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral botany degrees were awarded in 2012. Educators say that’s because students are being pushed into more modern, technology-related majors. Current botanists fear that will lead to a dearth of people able...
  • German government to boost organic farming

    05/22/2015 12:58:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/05/2015 - 08:16 | Nicole Sagener | translated from German by Erika Körner
    Between 2010 and 2013, Germany’s market for organic foods increased by one-fourth to almost €8 billion. Still, switching to organic cultivation remains a difficult process for farmers. While revenue from organic products has enjoyed an annual increase of 5-9% since 2011, the parallel increase in surface area over the past four years has only been 1-3%. Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to change this. “We want a timetable for growth that allows domestic producers to benefit more from the boom,” he said on Tuesday (19 May) in Berlin. Organic must be strengthened, he said, with the help of the Future...
  • Farmer Delays Harvesting Crops to Save Baby Blackbirds, Earning Flock of Praise

    05/21/2015 9:38:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests. The Fresno Bee reports Thursday that Frank Mendonsa, owner of a dairy farm south of Tulare, California, was recognized Wednesday by Audubon California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. About 15,000 tricolored blackbirds are temporarily nesting in fields of triticale silage that Mendonsa is growing for cow feed, the newspaper reported.
  • Ultrasonic production of skimmed milk [Faster Cheese!]

    05/20/2015 8:37:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-20-2015 | Provided by Acoustical Society of America
    Recently, scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have jointly demonstrated cream separation from natural whole milk at liter-scales for the first time using ultrasonic standing waves—a novel, fast and nondestructive separation technique typically used only in small-scale settings. At the 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), being held May 18-22 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the researchers will report the key design and effective operating parameters for milk fat separation in batch and continuous systems. The project, co-funded by the Geoffrey-Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Australian Research...
  • Gardening Thread/So what plants have each of you put in as of yet?

    05/20/2015 6:59:43 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 27 replies
    20 May 2015 | US navy Vet
    I put in(pots) 5 varieties of Tomato from this outfit(got them all at Bamgaars)(http://chefjeffsgarden.com/about.html) and one Pepper Plant(also in a pot).
  • Canada vows 'retaliatory' sanctions against U.S. after WTO meat-labelling win

    05/19/2015 6:27:34 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 23 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 19, 2015 | Postmedia Network
    Canada vowed on Tuesday to give the Americans a taste of their own medicine by making it harder for the U.S. to peddle its wares in the Great White North. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Trade Minister Ed Fast said they plan to enact "retaliatory measures" against U.S. exports after winning a meat-labelling dispute at the World Trade Organization on Monday. The WTO upheld a complaint by Canada and Mexico that U.S. laws -- which require retailers to label meat with the country where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered -- discriminate against imported livestock. "The WTO has been...
  • America's biggest ranch, larger than New York City, goes on sale for $713 million in Texas

    05/19/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by dennisw · 51 replies
    @MailOnline ^ | 19 May 2015 | By James Dunn
    America's biggest ranch, which is larger than New York City, goes on sale for $713million in Texas The Waggoner Ranch is the largest contiguous ranch in the United States spanning six counties in Northern Texas Listing marks end of decades-long court battle among heirs of cattle baron W.T. Waggoner who founded it in 1923 The estate includes the 510,000-acre ranch with two main compounds, hundreds of homes and 20 cowboy camps Also included are hundreds of quarter-horses, thousands of cattle, 1,200 oil wells and 30,000 acres of cultivated land It reportedly falls within 'super asset class', akin to selling the...
  • New species of marine roly poly pillbug discovered near Port of Los Angeles

    05/18/2015 9:05:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 05/18/2015 | Staff
    A new research paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys reports on a discovery made during a Los Angeles class fieldtrip—a new species of marine pillbug (Crustacea: Isopoda). While documenting that new species, a second new species of pillbug originally collected 142 years ago by biologists on a wooden sailing ship in Alaska was discovered in a collection room at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) by researchers Adam Wall and Dr. Regina Wetzer. The Los Angeles discovery was made during a Loyola Marymount University field trip for an invertebrate zoology lab course taught by NHM...
  • Almonds Not the State's Worst Water Offender

    05/13/2015 10:01:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/13 | Sam Brock and Rachel Witte
    The California almond is getting a bad reputation. At least that’s what the numbers show. According to an April report released by the Pacific Institute, a non-profit research firm based in Oakland, almonds are not the most water intensive crop grown in the Golden State. In fact, almonds tie with pistachios for fourth place in the ranking of California’s water intensive crops and require on average four acre-feet of water per acre. One acre-foot is approximately 326,000 gallons of water. Alfalfa and rice are the top two water users, averaging five acre-feet of water per acre a piece, though alfalfa...
  • Producing jet fuel compounds from fungus

    05/06/2015 11:57:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-05-2015 | Provided by Washington State University
    Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of aviation biofuels in the next five years. The researchers used Aspergillus carbonarius ITEM 5010 to create hydrocarbons, the chief component of petroleum, similar to those in aviation fuels. Led by Birgitte Ahring, director and Battelle distinguished professor of the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at WSU Tri-cities, the researchers published their work in the April edition of Fungal Biology. The fungus produced the most...
  • Ag Secretary Vilsack to announce national conservation work

    05/04/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2015 11:32 AM EDT
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is traveling to Colorado to announce funding for conservation projects in all 50 states. […] The Department of Agriculture says the projects concern water quality, soil health, wildlife habitat and agricultural viability. …
  • Insurance and Kiowa the Dog

    05/03/2015 7:50:36 AM PDT · by waterhill · 27 replies
    Insurance lady asked me what kind of dog do I have.... I said half red heeler half lab and she is a good dog. She asked me how big she was (she is 80 lbs, but I said none of your business) I am getting upset at this point. I told her that if ever Ki was to get out of control that I would 'fix' it. I am not above certain things. I just don't like noses being stuck up my ass. I live on the family ranch and I have to have big dogs. This is just pissing...
  • 'Three Pumpkins' Wine Ready to Hit the Shelves

    04/30/2015 10:31:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Boreal Winery in Warren, east of Sudbury, is trying something new: pumpkin wine. They've used some giant pumpkins grown in Sudbury, and fermented the wine right inside the pumpkins. It was bottled just a few weeks ago, and the winery will start selling it this weekend. Owner of Boreal Winery Greg Meilien said the wine is fantastic. "[We were] quite surprised. We weren't sure what was going to happen but it turned out very, very nice," he said. Meilien said as for the taste, it's something you need to try for yourself, but added it does have a melon mid-palette...
  • Couple to give away their $350,000 Alabama goat cheese farm

    04/30/2015 6:35:56 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 97 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 30, 2015 | Lydia Warren
    If you've ever dreamed of owning your own patch of land and a successful home-grown business then a 200-word essay and $150 is all is could take for it to become a reality. Paul and Leslie Spell, of Humble Heart Farms in Elkmont, Alabama, are giving away their goat cheese farm - complete with their house, 20 acres of land, 56 goats, cheese-making equipment, recipes and even a dog - to the person who writes the best essay about why they should run it. It will cost entrants just $150 to apply and, with an expected 2,500 applications, the couple...
  • AT LAST .. acceptable Saturday morning animation !

    04/25/2015 2:48:59 AM PDT · by knarf · 9 replies
    FreeRangeStudios ^ | April 25, 2015 | knarf
    Opened my e-mail this morning and just flat out enjoyed this short
  • US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

    04/23/2015 12:41:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015 1:26 AM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global warming—and don’t require congressional approval.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to unveil plans Thursday at Michigan State University, where Obama signed the sweeping farm bill into law last year. The efforts, many of which have their roots in that law, aim to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, boost carbon capture and storage and come with various enticements, including grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance. […] Obama administration aides have said the issue of...
  • Problems Multiply for Vet Who Bragged of Cat-Killing

    04/21/2015 12:50:28 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 66 replies
    Newser ^ | 21 Apr 2015 | Rob Quinn
    The problems are multiplying for the Texas veterinarian... "Current interests: Living my days to the fullest, finding the meaning of happiness, killing things or trying to kill things (animals, a full glass of whiskey, hangovers, etc)..."
  • Mad Cow Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

    04/16/2015 10:41:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | APRIL 16, 2015 | MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF
    It began with anxiety and depression. A few months later, hallucinations appeared. Then the Texas man, in his 40s, couldn't feel or move the left side of his face. He thought the symptoms were because of a recent car accident. But the psychiatric problems got worse. And some doctors thought the man might have bipolar disorder. Cattle feeding practices have been changed in an effort to halt the spread of mad cow disease. THE SALT Mad Cow Disease: What You Need To Know Now Eventually, he couldn't walk or speak. He was hospitalized. And about 18 months after symptoms began,...
  • Finally! Saudi Arabia opening stock market to foreigners on June 15

    04/16/2015 12:05:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    cnn money ^ | 4-16-2015
    The oil-rich nation is opening its stock market -- the largest in the Middle East -- to foreign investors on June 15, the government announced Thursday. The Saudi market -- worth an estimated $530 billion -- is more than double the size of the Tel Aviv stock exchange in Israel. Previously, only Saudi-based investors could buy stocks there. By mid-June, international firms will be able to buy stocks in the country's exchange, the Tadawul All Share Index. This will likely encourage mutual funds and ETFs to add some Saudi stocks to their holdings, especially in emerging market funds. The move...
  • Rare jungle nut becomes anti-aging rage

    04/15/2015 11:18:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 04-14-2015 | Staff
    'It's going to be the new little wave' For decades, if not centuries, the Amazon dwellers of southern Colombia didn’t make too much of the cacay nut. They fed it to their livestock, used it to treat wounds and chopped down its trees for firewood. But then, a few years ago, the global jet-setting crowd found out what the yellow-ish oil from the protein-rich nut could do for their skin. And suddenly, the cacay (pronounced kahk-ai) has become a red-hot commodity, providing the key ingredient to anti-aging facial creams that can fetch $200 an ounce in beauty shops in Los...
  • Agriculture poses immense threat to environment, German study says

    04/12/2015 12:37:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04/10/2015 – 08:12 | Nicole Sagener
    Conventional agriculture is causing enormous environmental damage in Germany, warns a study by the country’s Federal Environment Agency, saying a transition to organic farming and stricter regulation is urgently needed. EurActiv Germany reports. Spanning over 50% of the country, agriculture takes up by far the biggest amount of land in the country, and is one of its most important economic sectors. But intensive farming still harms the environment to an alarming extent, according to a study conducted by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The use of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as intensive animal husbandry, have a negative impact on...