“Open source” seeds aim to protect plants from patents

“Open source” seeds aim to protect plants from patents

By Matthew Hilburn April 23rd, 2014 (VOA) Taking a cue from the software industry, scientists, farmers and sustainable food advocates have released what they’re calling the first open source seeds. The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) is centered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and its stated goal is “to keep [its] new seeds free for all people to grow, [...]

Today is Earth Day, and NASA wants you to submit a selfie

Today is Earth Day, and NASA wants you to submit a selfie

NASA has announced a global “selfie” initiative as part of the agency’s Earth Right Now campaign to celebrate this year’s Earth Day on Tuesday.

Jaco, Playas del Coco amongst beaches with high fecal coliforms

April 21st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Recent studies by the National Water Laboratory reveal that several of the country’s beaches present a risk of illness to those who bathe in their waters due to fecal coliform levels exceeding the acceptable level of 240 coliforms per 100 ml of water.   Some of the highest levels were found [...]

Sharks more evolved than previously thought

Sharks more evolved than previously thought

April 21st, 2014 (VOA) Sharks may not be “living fossils,” as was once thought. Researchers say analysis of a 325-million-year-old shark skeleton could “profoundly affect our understanding of evolutionary history.” Using a fossil of the newly discovered Ozarcus mapesae specimen, scientists at the American Museum of Natural History in New York had a unique chance to study a [...]

Third strong earthquake hits Nicaragua, levels more homes

Third strong earthquake hits Nicaragua, levels more homes

April 14th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A third powerful earthquake struck Nicaragua Sunday night, collapsing more homes in the country which has been battered by a string of earthquakes which began late last week.   Nicaraguan officials said Sunday night’s quake, which struck around 11 p.m., measured 5.6 magnitude on the Richter scale.   First Lady and [...]

(Update 2) Extremely powerful 6.6 Nicaragua quake rattles Costa Rica

(Update 2) Extremely powerful 6.6 Nicaragua quake rattles Costa Rica

April 11th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) What is initially being reported by the USGS as a powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck between Rivas and Granada, Nicaragua at 2:29 p.m. Central America time on Friday also produced violent shaking in many parts of Costa Rica.   The quake comes less than 24 hours after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck just [...]

Nicaragua on red alert after 6.2 earthquake; at least 1,000 homes damaged and 33 injured

Nicaragua on red alert after 6.2 earthquake; at least 1,000 homes damaged and 33 injured

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook Nicaragua’s Pacific coast on Thursday, destroying homes and injuring at least 33 people.

El Niño looks to be on its way back, forecasters say

El Niño looks to be on its way back, forecasters say

  By Steve Baragona April 11th, 2014 (VOA) The climate phenomenon known as El Niño looks to be on its way back, forecasters say, raising the odds of droughts in some places and floods in others. There are early signs that this could develop into the biggest one on record. But experts say they cannot [...]

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