Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia have successfully mapped the circuitry in a small region of a fruit fly brain. It is a small but important step, according to the researchers, in gaining a better understanding of how the much larger and more sophisticated human brain processes information. Rob Muir has more.
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AFP (July 7, 2012) Very popular in Brazil, the acai has invaded the US, Japan and Australia. This black berry, cultivated on the edges of the Amazon, is already known for its exceptional nutritional qualities even ... watch video
AP (Aug. 19, 2015) Plums, peaches, nectarines and cherries can all be plucked from just one of Sam Van Akens fruit trees. The artist calls his creations the Tree of 40 Fruit thanks to carefully planned grafts. (Aug. ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 26, 2016) A fruit-picking robotic arm can figure out when a particular fruit is ready for picking and decide which grip to use so as not to damage it. Matthew Stock reports.
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AFP (Oct. 20, 2015) The agricultural hub of Redland in south Florida is being hit hard by a major outbreak of Oriental fruit fly. State officials have quarantined the region, with local growers feeling the hit. ... watch video
AFP (Apr. 21, 2013) Bees colonies in Greece are still going strong while others elsewhere in Europe are dropping steeply, reportedly due to GM crops and pesticides. It's a boon for society here where honey plays a key ... watch video
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