New research reveals plant wonderland inside China’s caves

Over five years (2009-2014) researchers have delved into the depths of some of China’s most unexplored and unknown caves in the largest ever study on cave floras. Surveying over 60 caves in the Guangxi, Guizhou and Yunnan regions, they were able to assess the vascular plant diversity of cave flora in more detail than ever before.

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Sweet route to greater yields

Three years ago, biotechnologists demonstrated in field trials that they could increase the productivity of maize by introducing a rice gene into the plant that regulated the accumulation of sucrose in kernels and led to more kernels per maize plant. They have now unravelled the intimate details of the relationships governing the increased productivity and hope to transfer the biotechnology to other cereals, such as wheat and rice.

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Who’s your daddy? Good news for threatened sea turtles

A groundbreaking study of sea turtle nests and hatchlings using paternity tests to uncover ‘who are your daddies?’ is the first to document multiple paternity in loggerhead sea turtle nests in southwest Florida. What started out as a study on female sea turtle promiscuity is proving to be very good news for this female-biased species facing rising risks of extinction due to climate change.

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Fitness Guru Tracy Anderson Is Engaged! ‘I’m Already the Happiest Bride to Be on the Planet!’

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Breakout the white workout gear! Trainer Tracy Anderson is headed down the aisle.

The workout guru to the stars announced on Monday that she’s engaged to her boyfriend Nick Riley, a Scottish banker.

“Going into the week and the rest of my life with my true loves kiss!” Anderson, 42, wrote on Instagram. “It’s only been three days and I’m already the happiest bride to be on the planet!”

Riley popped the question on Friday night, Anderson’s rep confirms to PEOPLE, while the couple is in Aspen for her annual Vitality Week summit.

“PS it was extra special to be able to share my engagement excitement with the #tamily during the Aspen Vitality week. @nriley00 love you….. SO MUCH!” Anderson added on Instagram.

Anderson, who regularly works with Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham and more, was previously married twice, and has a 14-year-old son, Sam, from her first marriage, and a 4-year-old daughter, Penelope, from her second.

“Tracy, Nick, and Tracy’s two children are thrilled, and enjoying this special time together,” her rep told PEOPLE.

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5 Olympians Share Their Advice for Overcoming Setbacks

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Setbacks. We all have them. But how you choose to handle those stumbling blocks is what sets you apart from the pack. If anyone can attest to this, it’s Olympians. After all, they push themselves to the limit day in and day out, just for the opportunity to compete on the world’s stage—and come out on the other side with a nice piece of shiny bling! Of course things don’t always work out in their favor. Yet they always seem to know how to pick themselves up, and go on to compete another day. So what’s their secret?

Ahead of the 2018 Olympic Games in Peyongchang, South Korea (which you can watch on NBC starting tomorrow) we chatted with five athletes to find out. In the video above, past and current Olympic competitors offer their advice on turning setbacks into success.

RELATED: 13 Olympic Athletes Reveal Their Secrets for Staying Motivated

Check out the highlights below:

Elena Myers, Bobsled, 2x Olympian

“The biggest thing is realizing that stuff will often not go your way. I just really look to the people around me. I surround myself with really strong people—my husband, my family—and use their strength to help me get through everything.”

Lolo Jones, Bobsled/Runner, 3X Olympian

“Just utter grit. I would like to finish what I started. I’m a runner and so you know you may struggle in the race, but when you see the finish line you are like, I am determined to get to that finish line.”

Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing/ Cycling/ Rowing, 3X Paralympian

“The way you deal with setbacks in a race would be to start off with a good cup of coffee first, and make that, and make sure I am back to my happy place. I thrive off the word ‘no.’ I’ve been told so many times in my life that I would never walk. I would never be an athlete. I don’t have the right build to be an elite-level athlete. Every time I was told ‘no,’ it was kind of like putting a little wood to the fire, and it was making that fire brighter and brighter. Finally I was like, I can do it, I am going to prove them wrong.”

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Ashley Wagner, Figure Skater, 2014 Olympian

“Setbacks are inevitable, especially in my sport. Ice is slippery. Life happens. But at the end of the day, you set a goal for yourself. If you can acknowledge that you are not just going to get there in a day and that it takes baby steps along the way, that makes it so much more manageable.”

Hillary Knight, Ice Hockey, 2x Olympian

“I think that’s what’s valuable about being a part of a team sport is that I am able to surround myself with amazing people. And I look for motivation and inspiration all over, in our locker room essentially.”

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