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How about them apples? Research orchards chart a fruit’s future

Scientists there are working on understanding the genetics that result in this bonanza of apple diversity, with the ultimate goal of improving the fruit in different ways — tastier, heartier, more disease-resistant and with longer shelf-life in the face of changing climates.

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Op-ed: Humans have a long history of making ‘very bad decisions’ to save animals
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Op-ed: Humans have a long history of making ‘very bad decisions’ to save animals

As scientists push the frontiers of conservation technology, some of their initiatives raise ethical questions.
The world's largest plant is a self-cloning sea grass in Australia

The world's largest plant is a self-cloning sea grass in Australia

The species is called Poseidon’s ribbon weed, and researchers say it has spread to cover an area the size of Cincinnati over the past 4,500 years.
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Saved by a bucket, but can the Owens pupfish survive?

The Owens pupfish, a small blue fish native to the springs in the California desert, was spared from extinction on an August afternoon in 1969 by Phil Pister and his two buckets.

Learning to love G.M.O.s
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Learning to love G.M.O.s

Overblown fears have turned the public against genetically modified food. But the potential benefits have never been greater.
The social life of forests
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The social life of forests

Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another?
Human activity devastated the American chestnut. Can we bring it back?
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Human activity devastated the American chestnut. Can we bring it back?

The tree helped build industrial America before an estimated three billion or more were destroyed. To repair the damage, we may need to embrace tinkering with nature.
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