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Séralini study conclusions not supported by data

Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by Séralini mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards and there is no need to re-examine previous safety evaluations of genetically modified maize NK60

R. T.

How to use sunlight to produce steam and other vapors

The potential societal benefits are more energy-efficient distillation of alcohol, a new and highly practical strategy for desalination and water purification and compact solar-driven sources of steam for sterilization and sanitation

S. C.

Transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity

Development of a new transparent solar cell, an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside

S. C.

Doubts on Séralini study linking GM crops and cancer

After the article published on Food and Chemical Toxicology, there was a lot of reactions by researchers and scientists. Efsa will next week deliver its preliminary review

Alberto Grimelli

Plants can reduce street-level concentrations of nitrogen dioxide

A study suggested that urban planners consider the benefits of planting trees in these areas

R. T.

A hydrogel can preserve bananas to rapid over-ripening

Chinese studies develop a spray-on coating that consumers could use to delay the ripening of those 6.4 billion pounds of bananas that people in the U.S. eat every year

S. C.

In the intestine of wasps and hornets the secret of typical wines

The analysis has shown how the strains isolated from insects and wines were better correlated than areal strains of different microbial biodiversity by identifying a characteristic of a vineyard or region

Graziano Alderighi

Plant could produce more also with less pigments

The scientists discovered that leaf pigments not directly involved in photosynthesis dissipate light by absorption rather than using it effectively

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New silk fibers can kill anthrax and other microbes in minutes

This new “killer silk” has many potential uses, including make-shift curtains and other protective coatings that protect homes and other buildings in the event of a terrorist attack with anthrax

S. C.

Pesticides and bee health: EFSA reviews the science

EFSA has published a state-of-the-art scientific review of the risks posed by pesticides to honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees

S. C.

The World Vegetable Center for research updates and discussions

Representatives of 20 Asian seed companies gather at AVRDC. Participants received progress updates on the Center’s tomato, cucurbit and pepper breeding programs

S. C.

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