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NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
Courtesy of Calif. Dept. of Water Resources
NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
An experiment called SnowEx is using five aircraft to test 10 sensors that might one day be used to monitor snow from satellites.

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Illinois lawmakers propose biotechnology tax credits
State Sen. Chapin Rose said there’s potential for Decatur, Ill., to be at the center of a new $20 billion biotechnology industry.
Potato breeders fry hundreds of experimental lines in trial
Potato breeders fry hundreds of experimental lines in trial
The University of Idaho’s Aberdeen Research and Extension Center smells like a fast-food restaurant for a couple of weeks each winter while researchers evaluate the color of fries resulting from their experimental lines exposed to cold storage.
UI to grow nuclear potato seed program
UI to grow nuclear potato seed program
University of Idaho has hired a new director and a promoted a worker to be a full-time greenhouse manager for its nuclear seed potato program, and intends to invest in new infrastructure.
Wheat research organization opens Chinese center
Global wheat research organization CIMMYT is establishing a wheat and maize center in China.
Spore samplers give farmers an early warning system against crop diseases
Spore samplers give farmers an early warning system against crop diseases
Plans are in the works to use spore samplers for early detection of diseases attacking potatoes, barley, wheat, sugar beets, beans, onions, oilseeds, grapes and hops.
Newest drone flies like a bat
Newest drone flies like a bat
It mimics the unique and more agile way bats fly.

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