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Scientists make ethanol without corn or other crops

The process converts carbon monoxide gas into liquid ethanol using copper electrodes

Scientists have developed a new way to make liquid ethanol efficiently without using corn or other crops needed in the conventional method for producing the biofuel. The scientists said April 9 their process turns carbon monoxide gas into liquid ethanol with the help of an electrode made of a form of copper. They said the […] Read more


Vermont becomes first state to mandate GMO labelling

Governor says people ‘have the right to 
know what’s in their food’

Vermont became the first U.S. state to mandate labelling of foods made with genetically modified organisms — a law expected to be challenged in court by some food and agriculture companies. The law, set to take effect July 1, 2016, sets the stage for more than two dozen other states that are currently considering mandatory […] Read more



‘Superbugs’ that can overpower antibiotics are spreading — WHO

With antibiotic resistance rife across world, a WHO expert says ‘world is headed for post-antibiotic era’

The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is no longer a prediction but is happening right now across the world, say UN officials. Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country, the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report. It is now […] Read more


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Drought sends California cattle to Texas

The beef industry in the U.S. is becoming increasingly mobile as cattle move large distances to feeding and slaughter

For decades, ranchers from the east have brought their livestock to California, where mild winters and lush natural pastures created prime conditions for fattening beef cattle. No more. In the midst of the worst California drought in decades, the grass is stunted and some creeks are dry. Ranchers in the Golden State are loading tens […] Read more