Selecting Corn Oil Genes Produces More Corn Oil, but What Else?
February 4, 2005
Breeders have been trying to squeeze more corn oil out of corn for over a century, one of the longest-running scientific experiments ever. They have made pretty dramatic gains in yield, from 5% to 20%, in 100 generations, says William G. Hill in Science.1 Now also, geneticists have the tools to look for which genes […]
Lowly Plant Inspires Waterproof Glass
January 18, 2005
By adopting the lotus position, the glass in your windshield may become so water-repellant you won’t need windshield wipers. That’s what an Ohio State press release says: “Ohio State University engineers are designing super-slick, water-repellent surfaces that mimic the texture of lotus leaves.” The leaves of the lotus, or water lily, are covered with microscopic […]