How breeders bring out the best in new apples
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How breeders bring out the best in new apples

This year, Cornell University released three new apple varieties: the scab-resistant Cordera, the crisp and mild Pink Luster, and the complexly flavored Firecracker. Collectively, they’re a culmination of decades of work by apple breeders, who are out in orchards around the world, testing out apple trees by the thousands to …

Haunting Hubble image depicts a region where new stars are born
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Haunting Hubble image depicts a region where new stars are born

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope grabbed a beautiful, haunting image of a gaseous “stellar nursery” that the space agencies published Friday. In this image we can see what’s known as Free-floating Evaporating Gaseous Globule (frEGGs), dark and compact globules of dust and gas, surrounded by a bubble of hot, ionized …

How black holes can spaghettify stars that fall too close
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How black holes can spaghettify stars that fall too close

Spaghettification sounds like a particularly unpleasant thing to happen to pretty much anything that isn’t a lump of pasta dough. Now imagine it happening to a star. That’s precisely what astronomers around the world observed over a six-month period when a black hole stretched and ripped apart a star that …

How black holes can spaghettify stars that fall too close
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How black holes can spaghettify stars that fall too close

Spaghettification sounds like a particularly unpleasant thing to happen to pretty much anything that isn’t a lump of pasta dough. Now imagine it happening to a star. That’s precisely what astronomers around the world observed over a six-month period when a black hole stretched and ripped apart a star that …

How black holes can spaghettify stars that fall too close
black holes

How black holes can spaghettify stars that fall too close

Spaghettification sounds like a particularly unpleasant thing to happen to pretty much anything that isn’t a lump of pasta dough. Now imagine it happening to a star. That’s precisely what astronomers around the world observed over a six-month period when a black hole stretched and ripped apart a star that …

How breeders bring out the best in new apples
agriculture

How breeders bring out the best in new apples

This year, Cornell University released three new apple varieties: the scab-resistant Cordera, the crisp and mild Pink Luster, and the complexly flavored Firecracker. Collectively, they’re a culmination of decades of work by apple breeders, who are out in orchards around the world, testing out apple trees by the thousands to …

How breeders bring out the best in new apples
agriculture

How breeders bring out the best in new apples

This year, Cornell University released three new apple varieties: the scab-resistant Cordera, the crisp and mild Pink Luster, and the complexly flavored Firecracker. Collectively, they’re a culmination of decades of work by apple breeders, who are out in orchards around the world, testing out apple trees by the thousands to …

How breeders bring out the best in new apples
agriculture

How breeders bring out the best in new apples

 This year, Cornell University released three new apple varieties: the scab-resistant Cordera, the crisp and mild Pink Luster, and the complexly flavored Firecracker. Collectively, they’re a culmination of decades of work by apple breeders, who are out in orchards around the world, testing out apple trees by the thousands to …

Scientific paper about being bitten by a weird snake
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Scientific paper about being bitten by a weird snake

Meet the leaf-nosed snake, a peculiar Madagascan species with a gift for crypsis. Reading about it I found my way to Envenomation by the Malagasy colubrid snake Langaha madagascariensis, which turns out to be “This God Damned Snake Bit Me!” — Read the rest Continue Reading…

Why a cougar probably won’t ‘stalk’ you — and what to do if it does
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Why a cougar probably won’t ‘stalk’ you — and what to do if it does

Chances are, the cougars aren’t after you.  But you would have been hard-pressed to tell that to Kyle Burgess on Saturday, when he came face to face with a cougar while on a run in Utah’s Slate Canyon. The animal followed him for nearly six minutes, at times appearing to …