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Gregory Benford is a professor of physics at the University of California, specializing in astrophysics and plasma physics theory. He has been an advisor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; he holds research grants from NASA and the Jet Propulsion laboratory.
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Tumblin' Tumbleweeds Lend Hand In Depleted Uranium Roundup
An early study indicates that the humble tumbleweed (the Russian thistle) may be able to help humans round up depleted uranium from contaminated soil
Chinese 'Seed Satellite'
China will launch the first satellite designed specifically for seed-breeding in space. The project includes satellite research and development, mechanism research and simulation tests, as well as the launch and recovery of the satellite itself.
Giant Space Vegetables Now On Earth!
The seeds for this monster harvest spent time - maybe too much time - in low Earth orbit.
Space Agriculture For Long-Term Space Exploration
Canadian researchers seek to find another great achievement like the Canadarm by providing sustenance to astronauts on long trips.
Cleaning Up Chernobyl With Beets
Another interesting scheme to try to cut the amount of time that tens of thousands of kilometers of countryside must lay fallow due to radioactive fallout.
Gregory Benford On Artificial Biological Selection for Longevity
Benford, a physics professor and sf writer, has put his money where Robert Heinlein's mouth was, and created a corporation to extend human life.
PR2 Robot Wanders 100 Km Autonomously
This is PR2 - why don't they let it wander around my house, folding the laundry?
Harvest-Time On The International Space Station
We will come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
NASA Harvests Lettuce On ISS
First we test, then we taste.
Underwater Balloon Gardens
'He puffed heavily as he angled around the bulbous lifezones...'- Gregory Benford, 1989.
Tasty Space Lettuce!
Having tested, we tasted.
GMO Houseplant Cleans Your Air
Removes compounds too small to be captured by a HEPA filter.
Chinese Fern Helps Remediate Arsenic Soil
'Bioengeering had put out a spec report on the long crawly things five months back.' - Gregory Benford, 1983.
DNA Swab Palate
Bio-Implant (Compensator Chip)
Finely Divided Dust Propellant