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Two interesting things that popped up on the Tweet-machine today:

A paper was recently published in the journal Nature showing how groundwater depletion is linked to international food trade. The first figure shows geographic patterns of groundwater stress and which crops are grown. Let's just say the American Southwest isn't looking great. Figure 3 shows how much goes where, and Extended Figure 1 shows historic data from 2000. Fascinating.

Secondly, apparently octopuses and other smart cephalopods employ way more RNA editing than researchers anticipated, compared to all other organisms studied to date. To me, this is a great example of why it's important to study a diverse array of organisms. Nature is more creative and clever than you might think.

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