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Something Is Killing Off Australia's Chillies

Chillies in Australia have been turning black and rotting on the vine, seemingly without explanation. Now researchers have finally identified just what’s been killing these poor chillies.


The Reason Americans Waste So Much Food

The United States wastes over 140 trillion calories of perfectly good food every year. A national survey just provided a comprehensive overview of the reasons we waste so much — and one of the most common ones is based on a total misconception.


This Dust Devil Must Be Using Dark Magic To Float Things In The Air

Video: I could tell you that this hay floating in the air and spinning around in a circle is a result of a dust devil, where hot air rises up through a small pocket of cooler, low-pressure air above it (kind of like a harmless mini-tornado). Or I could tell you that it’s obviously dark magic at work and the dust devil is actually trying to suspend as much hay as possible in the air to open a hole into another dimension. I don’t know. You decide.


Australian Researchers Just Made A Breakthrough In Growing Crops During A Drought

Drought is spreading across farmland worldwide — and it’s only going to get more intense. New research offers a clue on how we might be able to continue to grow the staples we’re used to but with much less water.


The World's Largest Vertical Farm Is Being Built In New Jersey 

A huge vertical farm — where crops are planted, grown and harvested all with neither sun nor soil — is being built in New Jersey. When it’s finished, it will be the largest one in the world.


Why World Hunger Is Going To Fall To Its Lowest Levels Ever This Decade

By 2026, there’s going to be a lot less hunger worldwide — and that’s something to celebrate. The reason is not that we’re growing more food, however. Food is just getting cheaper.


Termites Have Been Farming Longer Than Us

Hey termites, we’re not so different, you and I. Termites are usually one of the banes of human existence, as they feed on dead matter — such as the wood that we use to build our homes — but they supersede humans in one interesting way: they have been farming for millions of years longer than humans.


The Real Reason People Are Still So Confused About Genetically Modified Crops

Amidst the clamour over genetically modified crops, there’s an underlying point that’s still being missed: Nobody really knows what constitutes a genetically modified crop.


Researchers Just Solved One Of The Biggest Problems For World Hunger

Planet Earth is doomed with a fast growing global population and a limited amount of farmland to produce food for everyone. That means that we’re going to need to figure out how to maximise what we’ve got — and researchers just made a major breakthrough in getting the most from our crops.


The World's Oldest Axe Has Been Found In Australia

The world’s oldest axe — dating back at least 46,000 years — has been uncovered in Australia. And, already, there’s a mystery surrounding it.


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