New genome sequencing reveals coffee’s future

Upon first glance, the large bushy plant with branches filled with tiny, jasmine-scented flowers appear to be something even the pickiest gardener would welcome.  These pure white flowers are highly fragrant and beautiful, but are a side-effect to the true commodity of this particular plant, the reddish-purple berries that come after the flowers have disappeared.  The deep crimson is not a perfectly ripe cherry, but holds one of the biggest cash crops in the world: the coffee bean.

Coffee plants in the mountains of Mexico

While the beautiful plants promising coffee paint a beautiful picture of serene gardening, the coffee plant is in trouble.  Climate change, viruses, and fungi are all taking a huge financial toll on coffee production, making the recent coffee genome sequencing even more essential to keep this industry percolating.

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No, you cannot explain misogyny with “boys will be boys”

A phrase I adamantly hate anyways, but that is a long-winded rant for another day…

By researching baboon social interactions over 20 years and studying life expectancies in countries with less patriarchal societies, it has become clear that misogyny is a complicated product of our culture and socialization of boys, rather than something ingrained in human nature.  While many feminists would claim this as an obvious conclusion, it is one step further in showing those with misogynistic ideals that it is unacceptable in a modern society.

Slate has an excellent article about the research and how this reflects on many of the hateful misogynistic attacks that have circulated the internet recently and it is well worth the read.