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Machines have invaded a windswept rural valley in eastern Portugal. Squat white containers stare at the hillsides, sweeping lasers across the eucalyptus-studded slopes, and towers bristling with scientific instruments soar 100 meters into the air. Comment?
In the small city of Terni in central Italy, researchers are putting the final touches on what could be the world's most sophisticated mosquito cages. The enclosures, each occupying 150 cubic metres, simulate the muggy habitats in which Africa's Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes thrive. Comment?
As gene editing opens doors, plant researchers are hamstrung by the need for better ways to slip their molecular tools into cells When crop engineers from around the world gathered in London in late October, their research goals were ambitious: to make rice that uses water more efficiently, cereals that need less fertilizer and uberproductive cassava powered by turbocharged photosynthesis. The 150 attendees of the Crop Engineering Consortium Workshop were awash with ideas and brimming with molecular gadgets. Comment?
Lebanon's Bekaa valley offers a wealth of ecosystems - and now hosts a growing ICARDA seed bank. Credit: KATE GERAGHTY, The Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media, Getty Images A major seed bank in Aleppo, Syria, holds genes that might help researchers breed crops to survive climate change. Comment?
Jim Papadopoulos has spent a lifetime pondering the maths of bikes in motion. Now his work has found fresh momentum Seven bikes lean against the wall of Jim Papadopoulos's basement in Boston, Massachusetts. Comment?
Early this year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology unveiled an homage to avian evolution like no other: a hand-painted mural in their visitor's center depicting 270 species on a 35- by 78-foot map of the world. The paintings are the work of Jane Kim, a science illustrator who burst out of the gates of her science illustration internship at Cornell to lasso this dream project with her #sciart triple threat: big ideas, technical skill, and enviable work ethic. Comment?
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