Land deals meant to improve food security may have hurt — ScienceDaily

Large-scale land acquisitions by foreign investors, intended to improve global food security, had little to no benefit, increasing crop production in some areas while simultaneously threatening local food security in others, according to researchers who studied their effects. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and led by the University […]

The best Black Friday deals on binoculars for travel, skywatching and nature

There’s nothing quite like getting up close to Earth’s incredible wildlife and this Black Friday we’ve scanned the retailers to help you find the very best deal on your next (or first!) binocular — whether you’re wanting to observe birds up close, scour the surface of the moon (or a bit of both), you can […]

The best science kit deals for Black Friday

If you have a child who loves to dig up bugs, build rolling robots, or is just curious about how things work, one of these science kits may be for you. Here’s a look at what is on sale for Black Friday. Crime Catchers Spy Science Kit: $22.00 $15.99 at Amazon Embrace your inner 007 […]

The best Osmo kit deals

Osmo kits are add-ons for iPads or Amazon Fire tablets that turn screen time into tactile time. These kits use manipulables — numbers, shapes, coding instruction squares — that let kids translate something they’re doing in the physical world to action on a screen, and back again.  To get started, you’ll need an Osmo base […]

The best Black Friday deals are decidedly not worth dying for

This will be a wreck on Black Friday. (Stan Horaczek /) Heading out into the world to shop on Black Friday is a bad idea this year. COVID cases are spiking and any ill-advised holiday travel is likely to exacerbate the problem. It can be hard to envision all the amazing deals out there that […]

Best Black Friday board game deals for kids who love science

Research has shown that play is not just an big part of a child’s development but also their education. Simple yet creative STEM toys such as building blocks are ideal for early development, but for older children (ages 8 and up), more complex games that require following rules, counting spaces and reading playing cards are […]