‘You say tomato, I say genomics’: Genome sequences for two wild tomato ancestors

IMAGE: Two wild ancestors of tomato (SP: Solanum pimpinellifolium, SLC: Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme) view more  Credit: University of Tsukuba Tsukuba, Japan – Tomatoes are one of the most popular types of fresh produce consumed worldwide, as well as being an important ingredient in many manufactured foods. As with other cultivated crops, some potentially useful genes […]

How to survive three days in the wild

If you get lost in the wilderness, your first step should be to stay put and begin building fire and a shelter. (Lum3n/Pexels/) This story was originally featured on Field & Stream. The fundamentals of survival boil down to the Rule of Three: You can live three minutes without breathing, three hours when exposed to […]

Wet and wild: There’s lots of water in the world’s most explosive volcano

IMAGE: Shiveluch volcano has had more than 40 violent eruptions over the last 10,000 years. The last gigantic blast occurred in 1964, creating a new crater and covering an area of… view more  Credit: Michael Krawczynski, Washington University in St. Louis There isn’t much in Kamchatka, a remote peninsula in northeastern Russia just across the Bering […]

Wandering polar vortex may cause a wild, snowy winter

High above the North Pole, the polar vortex, a fast-spinning whirl of frigid air, is doing a weird shimmy that may soon bring cold and snowy weather to the Eastern U.S., Northern Europe and East Asia for weeks on end, meteorologists say. While it’s not unusual for the polar vortex to act up, this particular […]

How wild was the Wild West?

Anyone who has ever watched a Western knows all about how “wild” life was back then. Damsels in distress were tied to railroads, cowboys’ cattle were rustled and the sheriff was usually a slacker with scant interest in enforcing what little law existed. In short, you risked getting lassoed into a gunfight every time you […]

1st wild animal in US infected with SARS-CoV-2 found in Utah

A wild mink in Utah tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and it may be the first “free-ranging, native wild animal” with a confirmed coronavirus infection, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). There’s no evidence that the virus spread further than this one infected mink, but if SARS-CoV-2 begins circulating […]

Utah mink is the first wild animal to test positive for coronavirus

A wild American mink in Utah has tested positive for the coronavirus — the first wild animal found to be infected with the virus, researchers say.   The wild mink was infected with a variant of the coronavirus that was “indistinguishable” from viruses taken from nearby farmed minks, researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture wrote […]

Black holes may not exist, but fuzzballs might, wild theory suggests

Black holes are, by far, the most mysterious objects in the universe. They are objects in the cosmos where all of our knowledge of physics completely breaks down.  And yet, despite their apparent impossibility, they exist. But what if these gravitational monsters aren’t black holes at all, but rather the cosmic equivalent of fuzzy, vibrating […]