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Letter from Willow River: Investigating the phenomenon of October Light

October Light is an oft-used term and one of natural clarity, I think, but its origin is obscure. It's a perennially favorite title for paintings of fall landscapes. 

Turbines may be luring bats to their deaths, wind-farm research suggests

The tentative conclusion is that tree bats in particular are drawn to the big turbines by vision, mistaking them in silhouette for tall trees and prime roosting territory.

Corn farmers say Syngenta's GMOs have cost them the Chinese market

Suits allege that Syngenta's release of new corn varieties since 2009 has antagonized the Chinese, closed off a huge export market, and cost U.S. growers as much as $1 billion last year.