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Shocked snails and the wonders of RNA

Science | Scientists discover new function for genetic workhorse
by Julie Borg
Posted 5/24/18, 03:36 pm

Researchers at UCLA say they transferred memories between marine snails through injections of RNA.

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Sticky solution

Technology | Young inventor’s sticky pesticides could benefit the environment
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 5/24/18, 03:00 pm

Water-based pesticides have helped increase the world’s food supply, but farmers use a lot of them. The National Institutes of Health estimates 5.6 billion pounds of pesticides are used worldwide each year, with 1 billion pounds used in the United States alone. The problem is that very little of the applied pesticide stays on the plant. Much of it runs off and leaches into groundwater or is blown away by the wind, polluting the environment.

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Rewriting Wolfe

Evolution | The popular author’s eulogists strike his disdain for Darwin from the record
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/17/18, 03:26 pm

The U.S. news media remembered author Tom Wolfe, who died Monday, as a groundbreaker, a magician of words, and a one-of-a-kind genius who revived American fiction. But most of the obituaries that applauded him for his iconoclasm ignored his most savage blow to elitism—his denunciation of Darwinian evolution.

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