Posts Tagged 'plant'

Plant Doctor: Never Let Your Plants Die Again

There are some people who are just don’t know how to take care of plants. Or it might be that you’ve got some special plants in your house that need special care. It’s for reasons like that some designers decided to come up with this device, which allows you to detect the health of your plants.

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High Levels of Anthocyanins Give Black Dahlias Their Color

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There are more than 20,000 varieties of dahlias, including white, yellow, deep reds, and magenta-colored flowers. The rarer black dahlias are especially alluring to horticulturists. A new study explores the reason for its intriguing color.

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Genetic Clues to Van Gogh’s Teddy Bear Sunflower Florets Uncovered

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Three sunflower arrangements (top) and their floret types (bottom). Wild sunflowers have typical outer ray and disc florets (left), double-flowered sunflowers have mostly ray-like mutant florets (middle), and tubular sunflowers grow only disc-like florets (right).

The famous Dutch impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was obsessed with sunflowers, until he died in 1890. His iconic paintings of sunflowers fetch millions of dollars at auction. Scientists have been trying to solve the genetic origin of the mutant teddy bear sunflowers that are depicted in van Gogh’s canvases.

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Pleistocene-Era Plant Revived from Siberian Permafrost

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A team of scientists claim that they’ve revived a plant from the Pleistocene era, which lived 32,000 to 28,000 years ago. Silene stenophylla was revived after it had been ingested by an arctic ground squirrel roughly 32,000 years ago.

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Boxwood Fungus Blight Invades North America After Taking Europe and New Zealand by Storm

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A boxwood blight, caused by an aggressive fungus disease, has started to invade the North American continent, after it had spread throughout Europe and New Zealand. Last October, US authorities confirmed that the blight had jumped continents, and started infections in North Carolina and Connecticut.

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Mesodinium Chamaeleon Is A Unique Life Form That is Half Plant Half Animal

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In nature, you’ll find animals that undergo vast transformations, becoming almost unrecognizable in their new forms. Examples like caterpillars becoming butterflies and tadpoles becoming frogs almost look like distinct animals in the different stages of their evolution.

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Potted Table Lamp Becomes Ambient Floor Lamp

042111_rg_PottedTableLamp_01.jpgSometimes that lamp you bought for the living room or bedroom just doesn’t work out once you come home. Or perhaps you’ve tired of the design. But don’t throw it out, because it might yet be reborn to be enjoyed yet again. Here’s a simple way of reusing some of your lights, transforming a table lamp into an ambient floor lamp for the living room.

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