Why Are Strawberry Seeds on the Outside?
Most fruits have seeds buried deep inside the fleshy part we eat. So why are strawberries so different?
By: How Does it Grow?.
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ESA Euronews: Growing food in space
Is is possible to produce food to eat and air to breathe while in space? The short answer: it’s not easy, but it can be done.
Right now, if you’re an astronaut, you’re given pre-prepared food that was cooked on Earth and sent into space on a rocket. But if humankind wants to realise its ambition of travelling much further into the solar system it needs to find ways to create food and air while surrounded by the nothingness of space.
By: European Space Agency.
Did You Know Humans Have Relied on Bees for 9,000 Years?
How long have humans and bees shared a sweet relationship? Watch to find out.
By: National Geographic.
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The Pros and Cons of GMOs with Bill Nye & Chuck Nice
Now that Bill Nye has famously changed his opinion about GMOs, a fan thinks Bill is the perfect person to discuss their pros and cons. Watch Bill Nye the Science Guy play devil’s advocate and outline the beneficial and non-beneficial aspects of using GMOs. Although the effects on the ecosystem may be balanced out by the ability to grow more food on less land, unintended consequences may still arise as a result of the use of herbicides and monoculture farming, as did those that affected monarch butterflies and pollinators like bees. Don’t miss comic co-host Chuck Nice’s hilarious imitation of a worker bee’s take on the issue of monoculture farming.
This “Behind the Scenes” video was shot during the recording of our episode, “ Cosmic Queries: GMOs with Bill Nye (Part 2).” If you’d like to listen to the full podcast, click here: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-gmos-with-bill-nye-part-2/
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True Cost of American Food – Jonathan Foley Keynote Address
Plenary Discussion: Why our Food Systems Must Change
Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences
An overview of the evidence of the harmful outcomes of intensive agriculture on the environment and public health, and why the current economic climate perpetuates these systems of production.
By: Sustainable Food Trust.
Fertilizing sustainable growth in the forest industry – Science Nation
As money-makers, trees stand tall. The U.S. forest industry is an economic powerhouse. Southern states alone grow more commercial wood than any country in the world.
The Center for Advanced Forestry Systems is using forestry science and collaborations among universities, industry and governments to make commercially grown forests more productive and sustainable. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), research teams at Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University and the University of Washington have teamed up through the center to study how new, slow-release fertilizers could improve growth and go easier on our waterways, and to look more closely at the role of forests in storing carbon.
The NSF support is through the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program, which facilitates these partnerships to perform cutting-edge research in the science, engineering and technology areas of interest to industry, ultimately contributing to innovation and the U.S. economy.
The research in this episode was supported by NSF award #1238324, I/UCRC: Center for Advanced Forestry Systems – Phase II.
NSF Grant URL: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1238324&HistoricalAwards=false
Miles O’Brien, Science Nation Correspondent
By: National Science Foundation.