Swedish scientists are taking the futuristic idea of plant cyborgs and making the leap from science fiction to real-world science. They have been working on ways to regulate plant growth, using electronic wires grown inside the plants own nutrient channels to host sensors and drug-delivery systems. The aim is to provide just the right amount of plant hormones at just the right time. Such efforts could provide even more precise human control over plant production and agriculture.
Cannabis is known to most of us as either a drug, a plant, or simply a flower. But now it’s being regarded as a vegetable, particularly because of the double whammy of health benefits not only from consuming the plant but also juicing it.
The debate started in late 2011, when Chen-Yu Zhang’s team f found bits of rice RNA floating in the bloodstreams of Chinese men and women.
Last week, freelance journalist Virginia Hughes wrote about a scientific paper that was published in the elite journal Nature in 1995. The findings of said paper were called into question by several other papers in different journals within a couple of years. As of today, nearly two decades since the original came out, nobody has replicated it. And yet, it’s still sitting there in the literature, still influencing others. It’s been cited nearly 1,000 times.
There are approximately 8.7 million different types of plant and animal on Earth.
About 90% of the plant and animal species on Earth have yet to be discovered or classified according to scientists. Earth is estimated to be home to just under 9 million species, a study says.
Sprout your own super hero plants.
A company called Sprout Home sells superhero comic books that, if you plant them in the ground, grow herbs. Each is sold in a plastic sleeve in mint condition should you choose not to bury yours…
Climate friendly crops reflect sunlight
Planting ‘climate friendly’ crops that reflect sunlight could help offset the effects of global warming, a study suggests. The crops, spread across large fertile regions of North America and Europe, would send a small percentage of the sun’s light and heat back into space.
This mega plant even spawned it’s own festival!
A wistaria vine in Sierra Madre, California has been named as the World’s Largest Flowering Plant by the Guinness Book of World Records. This vine is so big it has its own festival! William and Alice Brugman planted it in 1894 to celebrate the purchase of their new home. The wistaria eventually destroyed the house! 116 years later, it is healthy and sprouts about a million and half blooms every year.
These chemicals, called polyphenols, have been shown to selectively kill or prevent the growth of cancer cells – and could be used to develop new, less toxic, treatments for the disease, even in cases where cancers have proven resistant to other treatments.
Sponsored by the National Ecological Institute of South Korea and designed by Samoo, the Ecorium Project is going to be as much an educational center as it is a preserve. It’ll also be energy-efficient itself, with each greenhouse being capable of detecting external climate conditions and making the appropriate adjustments inside. The exterior will be made of metal panels, low-iron and low-e double glazing, wood and plexiglass.
Ya gotta be dreaming big…
Plants of hope.
British scientists have unlocked the genetic map of a plant used to cure malaria.
It brings hope to the millions of people suffering from the disease, which is especially prevalent in India and sub Saharan Africa.
Scientists from the University of York said their research paves the way for high-yielding anti-malaria crops in developing countries within two years.
Kiss The Cancer Goodbye!
Now the tumours in her leg are gone and she is on the road to recovery. “I owe my life to mistletoe,” said Joan. “I feel so grateful and well….