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November 2016 Current Events: Disasters & Science News

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Here's a slideshow depicting the major science and disaster news events of November 2016.

Scientists Announce Breakthrough in GMO Plant Production
Image of Bill and Melinda Gates
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
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