WIRED: Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It’ll Be Gone
“Cavendish bananas are all genetically identical. Each banana you buy in the store is the clone of the one next to it. Every banana plant being grown for export is really part of the same plant, a collective organism larger than any other on earth, far bigger than the clonal groves of aspens. This giant organism is now at risk of exactly the same sort of population crash that befell the Gros Michel, and a new strain of Fusarium, a close relative of the pathogen that causes Panama disease, has evolved. It can kill both Gros Michel and Cavendish bananas.” Read full story.
SCIENCE DAILY: Probiotics May Not Always Be A Silver Bullet For Better Health
“To combat the effects of a poor diet, probiotics may be just the thing. However, surprising new research from UNSW suggests probiotics are much less effective when taken alongside a balanced diet, and could even impair certain aspects of memory.” Read full story.
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EATER: How Salt Bae Got His Groove Back
“Now, low and behold, Gökçe has released a clip that somehow manages to capture the magic of his original viral video, while adding a new element into the mix — catching the meat in mid-air with his knife. Watch Salt Bae’s newest salty, meaty masterwork:” Read full story.
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