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Scientist shows bacteria could control robots

Warren Ruder, assistant professor of biological systems engineering in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering, has Virginia Tech has developed a mathematical model that proves that robots can run off a bacterial brain.

“Basically we were trying to find out from the mathematical model if we could build a living microbiome on a nonliving host and control the host through the microbiome. We found that robots may indeed be able to have working brains.”

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Organic farming ‘benefits biodiversity’
By Helen Briggs - BBC Environment correspondent - May 20 2015 - http://www.bbc.com
Photo I: Even a few organic fields on a farm may improve biodiversity, the study found // Photo II: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B- Biological Sciences, June 07 2015; volume 282, issue 1808
Organic farms act as a refuge for wild plants, offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, a study suggests.
Fields around organic farms have more types of wild plants, providing benefits for wildlife, say scientists.
The research is likely to fuel the debate over the environmental benefits of organic farming.
Studies suggest that organic farming produces lower yields than conventional methods but harbours more wildlife.
The new study, by researchers at the University of Swansea and institutes in France, looked at fields sowed with winter wheat in the region of Poitou-Charente.
They found that organic farming led to higher weed diversity on surrounding conventionally farmed fields.
“Wild plants are important for birds, bees and other farmland species,” said Dr Luca Borger ( http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/science/biosciences/l.borger ) of the department of biosciences at Swansea University. ( http://www.swansea.ac.uk/science )
“Organic farming has advantages in maintaining these, but even a mixture of organic and non-organic farming in an area can help maintain this biodiversity.
"Even only 25% of fields being organically farmed can make a difference.”
Food security
Farmland provides essential habitat for many animals but intensification of agriculture has led to a loss of biodiversity.
However, in order to provide the extra food needed by the bigger human population of the future, without destroying forests and wetlands, farming needs to be made more intensive.
Supporters of organic farming say the method could be a potential compromise between meeting food security needs and providing habitat for bees, birds and other wildlife.
The researchers say land-sharing between organic farms and non-organic farms could have benefits for both crop production and biodiversity.
This theory needs to be tested in follow-up studies, they say.
The study is published in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B- Biological Sciences, June 07 2015; volume 282, issue 1808 ( http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org ).

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Proove Biosciences Presents Research Studies at Neurological Disorders Summit in San Francisco, CA

Proove Biosciences Presents Research Studies at Neurological Disorders Summit in San Francisco, CA



Irvine, CA (PRWEB)
July 14, 2015

Proove Biosciences, a commercial and research leader in Personalized Medicine, recently presented data on three ground-breaking scientific studies at the Neurological Disorders Summit in San Francisco, CA. The Neurological Disorders Summittook…

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Working those Muscles in Artificial Gravity

Working those Muscles in Artificial Gravity

[dropcap style=”font-size:100px; color:#992211;”]Y[/dropcap]ou know how yucky it is when you’re in the gym and the sweaty guy ahead of you doesn’t towel the seat down after himself?

Now imagine working out in space….

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have a number of exercise options, including a mechanical bicycle bolted to the floor, a weightlifting machine strapped to the…

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African biosciences research critical for transforming African smallholder agriculture

African biosciences research critical for transforming African smallholder agriculture

Gity Behrevan during the BecA-ILRI-Sweden partnership review in Nairobi, November 2013 (photo credit: BecA-ILRI Hub/Tim Hall).

‘Biosciences research could transform Africa’s agriculture and lead to food and nutrition security, but little is being done locally to support its funding, experts say.

‘Researchers and policymakers who attended a review meeting of the Biosciences eastern and central…

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Proove Biosciences Announces Industry Leading Board of Directors

Proove Biosciences Announces Industry Leading Board of Directors

(PRWEB) March 11, 2015

Today,Proove Biosciences, a commercial and research leader in personalized medicine announces appointments to the Company’s Board of Directors.

In addition to the Company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer,Brian Meshkin, Proove Biosciences, has appointed Governor Michael Leavitt, the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former…

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