Microbes by the ton: North Korean bioweapons threat

Technical hurdles seem to be falling away: Five months before North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006, U.S. intelligence officials sent a report to Congress warning that secret work also was underway on a biological weapon. The communist regime, which had Read More …

Is there too much arsenic in infant rice cereals?

Rice absorbs arsenic from soil and water: Infant rice cereals are popular with parents because they are affordable, easy to digest, and unlikely to cause allergic reactions. Infants typically begin eating cereals when they are between four and six months old. But, Read More …

Hurricane-force wind gusts fueling California fires

Wind speeds reach ‘uncharted levels’: Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind. But never purple wind. Until now. The color-coded system showing the expected strength of the winds driving the region’s fierce wildfires has reached uncharted territory, Read More …

Pecan weevil threatens New Mexico’s orchards

Quarantines enacted in four counties: A tiny bug is posing a threat to one of New Mexico’s biggest cash crops. An investigation by the Carlsbad Current-Argus and Roswell Daily Record found an invasive bug known as the pecan weevil could derail New Read More …

Biological weapons: Another threat from North Korea

Preparation is ‘urgent and necessary’: Under the cover of farm facilities, North Korean chemists may be weaponizing some the world’s deadliest diseases—such as smallpox, Black Death and cholera—which could lay waste to millions of people if an epidemic were unleashed. A report Read More …

Longer flowering season is…bad for bees?

There are fewer blooms for bees: Today in weird climate change news, it looks like a longer flowering season isn’t necessarily a better one. According to North Carolina State University scientists referencing 40 years’ worth of climate data, plants are producing Read More …

Infernos scorch vast swaths of land in wine country

Massive wildfires burned out of control in the wine country of California’s Napa and Sonoma counties early Monday, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and shutting down major roadways as firefighters sought to Read More …

Farmers don’t have enough workers to harvest their crops

Immigration fears exacerbate farmworker shortage: Farmers from Georgia to California say they have a problem: not enough workers to harvest their crops. It’s estimated anywhere from half to three-quarters of farmworkers are in this country illegally, and some growers say that President Read More …