November 2016 Current Events: Disasters & Science News
Here's a slideshow depicting the major science and disaster news events of November 2016.
1. Oklahoma Suffers 5.0 Earthquake 2. One Step Closer to Treatment, Vaccine for Zika 3. Earthquake and Tsunami Hit New Zealand 4. Wildfires Spread in Southeast U.S. 5. Scientists Announce Breakthrough in GMO Plants 6. Deadly Train Derailment in India 7. Bus Crash in Tennessee Kills Schoolchildren 8. Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes 9. Zika Appears in Texas 10. Deadly Fires in Tennessee 11. Ecstasy Goes to Clinical Trials for PTSD Treatment
- Scientists Announce Breakthrough in GMO Plant Production
- On Nov. 17, 2016, a breakthrough in genetically modified plant production is announced. Decades ago, researchers at the University of Illinois successfully tinkered with the process of photosynthesis, increasing the productivity of a plant. The idea was largely ignored by the scientific community and funding sources; however, more recent investment by the Bill and Melinda Foundation with the goal of alleviating global poverty, results in the current announcement: by alternating the photosynthesis process, plants are 20% more productive. Tobacco plants are the focus of the experiment, but researchers intend to use the discovery for food crops.
- Photo source: AP Photo/Seth Wenig