New computer model uses decades of data to help producers predict wheat forage success

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Prem Woli, 903-834-6191, prem.woli@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Monte Rouquette, 903-834-6191, monte.rouquette@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – A new, pioneering forage wheat model could provide a valuable technique to…

Two independent papers vanquish lingering doubts about LIGO’s historic discovery of gravitational waves. Source: Science News

The old-school way to navigate is with a clock and a sextant, but you can also hack together this alternative. Source: Science News

It seemed like 2018 was going to be the year when robots made a big leap toward the fabled Rosie from the Jetsons. Consumers, though, had other ideas. Source: Science…

Three residents of the International Space Station, including one NASA astronaut, are scheduled to wrap up their stay aboard the orbital laboratory Wednesday, Dec. 19. Source: NASA

Researchers zero in on potential therapeutic target for diabetes, associated diseases

Texas A&M-led study: ‘Novel regulatory mechanism’ may be key to intervention Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattneberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shaodong Guo, 979-845-0850, shaodong.guo@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A recent study led by…

Indigo Ag, known for its microbe-coated seeds, is acquiring geospatial data startup TellusLabs to use satellites to learn every last thing about its farmers’ fields. Source: Science News

With hurricanes and wildfires becoming more frequent and intense, zoos are facing the staggering task of protecting animals while the world runs amok. Source: Science News

Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic Jan. 3 in Cameron

Contact: Floyd Ingram, 254-697-7045, floyd.ingram@ag.tamu.edu CAMERON –  The Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic, one of the longest-running programs offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is scheduled for Jan. 3…

NASA has selected Analytical Mechanics Associates in Hampton, Virginia, and New Horizons Aeronautics in Chantilly, Virginia, to perform engineering and technical support services (ETSS) for the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research…

NASA has awarded a contract to Booz Allen Hamilton of Houston to provide independent programmatic and institutional assessment capabilities at the agency’s Johnson Space Center, also in Houston. Source: NASA

An analysis of 36 years of snowpack shows that the US’s peaks are shrinking, and that means more wildfires, less drinking water … and less skiing. Source: Science News

Come get your qubits! The builders of quantum computers want more coders to use their machines and figure out what they’re actually good for. Source: Science News

Mark Faries: My name is Dr. Mark Farris, I’m here with Tim Schnettler. We got a good question today, as we discussed, a very common question, this idea that we…

Texas A&M Human Behavior Laboratory now open for business  

Writer: Laura Muntean, 979-847-9211, laura.muntean@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Marco Palma, 979-845-5284, mapalma@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M Human Behavior Lab hosted an open house and guest lecture as part of…

AgriLife scientists: Sugarcane genome sequencing a big first step toward better varieties

Texas A&M AgriLife Research genomics scientists Dr. Qingyi Yu (right) and Dr. Anumpma Sharma. (Texas A&M AgriLife Illustration by Gabe Saldana) Writer: Gabe Saldana, 956-408-504, gabe.saldana@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Qingyi Yu, 972-952-9225, qyu@ag.tamu.edu…

The latest efforts to corral space debris employ a wide-ranging bag of tricks including orbital fishing gear, tiny thrusters and ‘space feathers.’ Source: Science News

The scientific community is at a loss over how, and whether, to publish the controversial gene-editing work of He Jiankui. Source: Science News

Scientists have discovered a vast subterranean ecosystem of microbial life deep underground, stretching our sense of life’s limits. Source: Science News

Recently analyzed data from NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has revealed water locked inside the clays that make up its scientific target, the asteroid Bennu. …