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Vandals Interfere With GM Wheat Tests
2012-05-21 12:51:52

Just north of London lies a wheat field full of experimental and genetically modified (GM) vegetation. This field was planted by publicly-funded research organization Rothamsted Research, much to the chagrin of a group of environmental protestors known as “Take the Flour Back.” In response, the protestors began calling for a “decontamination” of the experimental wheat field, saying they are concerned this GM wheat will spread to other nearby fields, ruining other...

2009-09-30 09:29:59

Why recognizing sex pheromone components of the silkworm moth at the scale of atoms and molecules impacts on eco-friendly agriculture New research announced today, Wednesday 30th September, by a team of leading scientists working with the UK's national Synchrotron, Diamond Light Source, could have a significant impact on the development and refinement of new eco-friendly pest control methods for worldwide agriculture. Published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, the study was carried out by...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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