pioneering field work in Yosemite by biologist Joseph Grinnell nearly a century ago to better understand the changes now occurring in animal populations of the Sierra range; the efforts by Aspen, Colorado and other western towns to grapple with changing climate; and the impact of airborne dust, from drought-stricken grazing lands and other sources, on snow pack in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Peter Spotts of The Christian Science Monitor
called her series "a nice blend of current research and historical context" that is "accessible to a lay readership." Gugliotta praised the "solid reporting, demonstrating how history informs modern science." Nijhuis said that "by describing the visible effects of global warming on familiar places -- Yosemite National Park, the Rocky Mountains -- I tried to bring the issue home without sacrificing the nuances of the science."
"Building a Better Banana" October, 2005
Millions depend on the banana to stay alive. With diseases threatening many banana varieties, scientists are searching for new hybrids. In a lively account, Canine described the research effort and the ingenious methods being used to breed a better banana. "This was such an evocative piece that I had to go home and eat a banana," said Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press. "This article had everything you look for--depth, detail, significance and science. Truly an enjoyable read."
Samuel Fine, Julia Cort, Vincent Liota, Peter Doyle and Dean Irwin
A program on RNA interference, the chemistry of fuel cells, two wizards of supercomputing, and the fastest moving glacier in the world.
July 26, 2005
Geneticists wanted to make an ordinary purple petunia more purple. Instead they got white flowers. Why? Quite by accident, the researchers found a secret defense system in living cells, a gene-Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Related biology news :1
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