It's a weed whose height rivals that of many NBA players, it's increasingly herbicide-resistant, and it's spreading. The Des Moines Register has the story of "superweed" Palmer amaranth's spread through Iowa which they say could knock out 2/3 of the state's corn and soybean crops if it continues. » 6/25/14 8:20am 6/25/14 8:20am

Eating too much corn turns you into a vampire (without the blood…

A diet of too much corn, and not enough everything else, can give you the condition that inspired vampire legends. Learn about the corn-fed vampires who stalked the American west at the turn of the last century. » 3/17/13 8:00am 3/17/13 8:00am

Bugs from your colon could produce the world's next great energy source

For years, the energy industry has been looking to seaweed to become the next big source of biofuel. But the algae plant has its drawbacks. Much of its energy is stored in a form of sugar that is difficult to tap into; this snag drives the cost of biofuel produced from seaweed up, and its viability as an alternative… » 1/20/12 7:22am 1/20/12 7:22am

Pesky insects becoming resistant to genetically modified corn

One of the big advantages of genetically modified corn was its built-in pesticides, as it produces a toxin that kills destructive bugs. Now its resistance to pests is wearing off. Just as Jurassic Park taught us, life found a way. » 1/01/12 10:55am 1/01/12 10:55am