So far, there have been two main ways to detect citrus greening: visually and molecularly. The former is inefficient, Gottwald says, because infected trees can be asymptomatic for months or years, meanwhile spreading the disease to nearby crops. “The disease is essentially progressing in background all the time, and you can never get ahead of it,” he says. Molecular detection works well, but scientists can run into a sampling problem. “If you have initial detection in a tree with 200,000 leaves, how do you select the right leaf?” says Gottwald. Once scientists have a sample, they still need to bring it back to the lab, extract the DNA, and process that to see if the pathogen is present. “In both cases, you’re spending a considerable amount of time and money to do the scouting, collecting samples, and to process in the laboratory.” … [Read more...] about These bacteria-sniffing dogs are protecting your orange juice from a global citrus pandemic
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Have a little fun to kick off this week. Type “Why is [your state] so…” into the Google search box and see what Autocomplete comes up with next. Or, alternatively, just look at this map by graphic designer Matt Shirley to see what people are searching the most about each state. … [Read more...] about See how Google Autocomplete describes every state in the U.S.
Randell Iwasaki, executive director of CCTA, a company that operates the GoMentum Station testing ground for driverless vehicles, says this tech will help travelers get to transit stations, business districts and other local amenities “without the hassle of driving and parking.” … [Read more...] about Robot Buses Are Coming To America, To Pave The Way For Driverless Cars
Plenty of new activity will be in the South, with growing offices and engineering teams in Atlanta, and expanded offices and data centers in Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Other notable expansions will be in Colorado, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Nebraska and Massachusetts. Google will also expand existing offices in cities like Detroit. Read the full plans here. … [Read more...] about Google announces $10 billion investment in dozens of states across the country
The sports world was rocked yesterday when news of basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death began to spread. Bryant, who was only 41, died in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles. Tragically, eight other people on board the helicopter died as well, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter. Here’s everything we know so far: … [Read more...] about Kobe Bryant’s death: Everything we know so far about the deadly helicopter crash that killed nine