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Feb 11, 2015

El Niños/La Niñas: More severe with climate change?

New research indicates that the frequency of the strongest El Niños and La Niñas could change from once every 23 years to once every 13 years by the....More
Feb 02, 2015

After a lifetime with Ma Bell, finally time to say goodbye

In my town there now is a new kid on the telecommunications block, C Spire, a homegrown Mississippi company not wedded to yesterday’s infrastructure....More
Jan 27, 2015

The old home place — not to be forgotten

Today, someone else lives in the house I knew for 57 years. But it will always be "home" to me....More
Jan 20, 2015

The food police: A plan to link diet and the environment?

A draft proposal to the USDA, stirring controversy, would recommend diets lower in meat-based foods and higher in plant-based foods as not only....More
Jan 14, 2015

Stakeholders pull together for bee health

Mid-South entomologists, beekeepers, farmers and the crop protection industry are pulling together to improve honeybee health....More
Jan 05, 2015

Tires from dandelions, long hair, and proliferating wonder drugs

Just when we think there are no worlds left to conquer in terms of crops, Mitas, a European tire manufacturers, says it will make agricultural tires....More
Jan 04, 2015

Science and vision are winners in GMO debate 

In a debate about the importance of genetic engineering, the winners possess a clear vision of biotechnology and an understanding of science. The....More
Dec 29, 2014

Falling oil prices bring relief, but not everyone’s smiling

It’s something many of us thought we’d never see again: gas prices at the $2 or below level. And yet it is happening: even in rural Mississippi....More
Dec 22, 2014

Amid Christmas glitz and hype, may promise of old shine anew

One can only wonder what today’s youngsters, growing up in an electronic/cyber world, will look back on with nostalgia 20, 30, 40 Christmases hence....More
Dec 15, 2014

Standing still: Declining support stifles U.S. science research edge

Concern for the nation’s “innovation deficit” has led dozens of organizations to urge Congress to increase fiscal year 2015 investments in scientific....More
Dec 08, 2014

In era of big data, what role will public institutions play?

If we have only a handful of companies, and only a small handful of people who understand big data technology, what will be the role of land grant....More
Dec 02, 2014

Good value: Crop protection materials return $19 in production value for each $1

U.S. farmers have received a $19 return in production value for every $1 spent on crop protection chemicals, according to a study by the Council for....More
Nov 24, 2014

Supermarket hyperbole too often falls flat with fruits and veggies1

If supermarket veggies have no taste, and likely little nutritional value, well c’est la vie, that’s marketing in today’s world in which everyone is....More
Nov 18, 2014

Frosty morn and autumn leaves: A November retrospective…

Where did summer go? Those l-o-n-g days of warm sun, with nary a thought of chills and coats and heating bills....More
Nov 11, 2014

Quackery is serious business for Dr. Group 

Dr. Edward Group, chiropractor, has a cure for the "toxins" of biotechnology - his 15 or so high-priced products to cleanse your innards....More
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