‘Bird Emergency’ as Study Shows North American Bird Population Has Fallen by Nearly One-Third in Less Than 50 Years 

“We have to act now to protect the places we know birds rely on.”

Source: ‘Bird Emergency’ as Study Shows North American Bird Population Has Fallen by Nearly One-Third in Less Than 50 Years | Common Dreams News

Harnessing tomato jumping genes could help speed-breed drought-resistant crops –

Once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’ that served no purpose, a family of ‘jumping genes’ found in tomatoes has the potential to accelerate crop breeding for traits such as improved drought resistance.

Source: Harnessing tomato jumping genes could help speed-breed drought-resistant crops — ScienceDaily

An Important Quantum Algorithm May Actually Be a Property of Nature 

Back in 1996, a quantum physicist at Bell Labs in New Jersey published a new recipe for searching through a database of N entries. Computer scientists have long known that this process takes around N steps because in the worst case, the last item on the list could be the one of interest.However, this physicist, Lov Grover, showed how the strange rules of quantum mechanics allowed the search to be done in a number of steps equal to the square root of N.

Source: An Important Quantum Algorithm May Actually Be a Property of Nature | Portside