Borlaug’s groundbreaking work began in 1944, when he was put in charge of a joint project between the Mexican government and the Rockefeller Foundation to try to boost grain production in Mexico.
Within two decades, he had developed a high-yielding, disease-resistant variety of wheat.
He then worked to put such cereal strains into mass production across South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, at the same time as pressing governments to introduce farmer-friendly economic policies.
Many experts believe that his efforts averted a widely predicted global famine in the second half of the 20th century and saved up to a billion lives.
"SweeTango and Honeycrisp were developed at the University of Minnesota. The new apple has Honeycrisp's crispness and juice but kicks up the flavor and adds an intriguing note of fall spice. It was made by crossing Honeycrisp with Zestar!, another University of Minnesota variety.
"'It inherited Honeycrisp's texture, and that's a rare commodity, and it actually has more flavor than Honeycrisp,' said David Bedford, the university apple breeder who helped develop Honeycrisp and SweeTango."
Via Spinner: "'I've never been comfortable sharing my private life with the public, let alone letting a camera crew document it. But I'm willing to try anything once. I met Padma Lakshmi when we appeared on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' recently. I thought I had a shot with her. Then she met my dog, Bobby, Jr.'
"Bobby, Jr., who has a birth-defected backwards leg and a German Shepherd's full-size torso on little Basset Hound legs, made his first appearance on the 2005 Eels album 'Blinking Lights and Other Revelations,' singing the solo on 'Last Time We Spoke.' He has since gone on to have cameos in several Eels videos and has his own line of merchandise and MySpace page. His star has continued a rapid ascent that threatens to eclipse that of his master's.
"'I regret the whole thing now. I was so nervous, I was sweating. While it's a long-standing tradition for rock singers to date beautiful, famous women, it doesn't always go according to plan. I was in over my head. I always dreamt of dating someone as beautiful as Padma Lakshmi. I should probably just go back to dreaming.'"