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  • Plants Reveal Rainfall Changes Over Last 24,000 Years (Melting Ice Not Affecting Rainfall)

    06/23/2014 3:42:24 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 2 replies
    Reporting Climate Science ^ | June 23, 2014 10:40 GMT | Not Cited
    Across the edges of the Indian Ocean, the amount of rainfall differs greatly. If it rains particularly hard in the Sumatran rain forest, the already arid region of East Africa is onset with drought. Researchers from the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), the California Institute of Technology, the Univerity of Southern California and the University of Bremen found that this cyclic, bipolar climate phenomenon has likely been around for 10,000 years. The pilot study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), sheds light on the climate system of a region whose rainfall patterns have a...
  • The next battle in the right to smoke weeds...Salvia

    01/24/2014 4:45:43 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 14 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 1/24/2014 | Live Leak
    Video Linky Here Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, with nearly 1000 species of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals. Within the Lamiaceae, Salvia is member of the tribe Mentheae within the subfamily Nepetoideae. It is one of several genera commonly referred to as sage.
  • Powder People: Could It Possibly Be Healthy to Eat Nothing But the Food-Substitute Soylent?

    10/29/2013 5:11:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    As a tech-obsessed child growing up in the nineties, Rob Rhinehart was always puzzled by food. Here he was, eagerly embracing the wonders of the information era, and he had to gnaw on seared chunks of meat and raw vegetables. “I remember when I was very young, eating lettuce and thinking it was very weird to be eating leaves, sitting in this nice house with all of these electronics around us,” he says now. These days, Rhinehart doesn’t eat much lettuce or anything else recognizable as food. Instead, the 25-year-old gets most of his nutrition from a water bottle filled...
  • Grow your own to save money 6 cold-weather plants that are perfect to plant this Fall

    09/30/2013 10:47:39 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 31 replies
    Clark Howard.com ^ | 9-17-13 | Crystal Collins
    ost people think that Springtime is the time to start growing that vegetable or herb garden. But there are many types of plants that should mainly be grown during the cooler months. Fall is a great time to try your hand at growing leafy greens, and that makes this a great way to save some money on produce. If you end up with a good harvest, you'll have a bountiful source of vegetables while other people are paying higher prices for greens at the grocery store. Here are 6 cooler weather plants you may want to try your hand at...
  • Plants Use Underground 'Fungal Internet' to Communicate (article)

    08/05/2013 8:39:52 AM PDT · by fishtank · 15 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Aug. 5, 2013 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    Plants Use Underground 'Fungal Internet' to Communicate by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * Researchers have just documented how plants use underground fungal networks to warn neighboring plants of impending insect attack, uniquely illustrating the complex and highly designed interconnected cooperation found in nature. The research study—just published in the July, 2013 issue of Ecology Letters—is the first such report that confirms and reveals how plants have uniquely co-designed physiologies that internetwork with other plants using an underground fungus as an information conduit.1 This amazing and intricate system allows the plants to readily and effectively communicate as a community, like a natural...
  • Plants 'do maths' to control overnight food supplies

    06/26/2013 8:27:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 06/26/2013 | Helen Briggs
    Plants have a built-in capacity to do maths, which helps them regulate food reserves at night, research suggests. UK scientists say they were "amazed" to find an example of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation in biology. Mathematical models show that the amount of starch consumed overnight is calculated by division in a process involving leaf chemicals, a John Innes Centre team reports in e-Life journal. Birds may use similar methods to preserve fat levels during migration. The scientists studied the plant Arabidopsis, which is regarded as a model plant for experiments. 'Astonished' Overnight, when the plant cannot use energy from...
  • Is Government Regulation of Gardens Next?

    05/12/2013 5:00:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 84 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | May 11, 2013 | Dave Jolly
    How many of you have flower or vegetable gardens at your home? I know many people are growing their own herbs to use for cooking as well as indoor and outdoor vegetable gardens. Others have flowers in pots, window boxes, hanging baskets, in flower beds and outdoor gardens.My wife and I have a number of vegetables and fruit growing outside which include apples (2 varieties), beans (purple and wax), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupes, carrots, cherries, cucumbers (bush), grapes (5 varieties), onions (red), peas (green and snap), potatoes (3 varieties), sage, radishes, tomatoes (6 varieties), and watermelons (3 varieties). We also...
  • Acting EPA boss: We might go after existing coal plants in 2014

    04/15/2013 9:54:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/15/13 | Joel Gehrke
    Having practically banned the construction of new coal plants, Environmental Protection Agency regulators may try to cap emissions from existing coal plants, according to the acting head of the agency. “[T]hat’s certainly something that will be on the table in this next fiscal year,” acting EPA administrator Bob Perciasepe told reporters last week, per Midwest Energy News, after saying that the EPA intends to start “working with states on existing sources, but we’re not there yet.” The EPA has already finalized New Source Performance standards, a regulation limits the how much carbon
  • Matt Ridley on How Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet (video)

    03/20/2013 12:01:36 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Reason ^ | March 13, 2013 | Paul Feine & Alex Manning
    Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen, Genome, The Rational Optimist and other books, dropped by Reason's studio in Los Angeles last month to talk about a curious global trend that is just starting to receive attention. Over the past three decades, our planet has gotten greener! Even stranger, the greening of the planet in recent decades appears to be happening because of, not despite, our reliance on fossil fuels. While environmentalists often talk about how bad stuff like CO2 causes bad things to happen like global warming, it turns out that the plants aren't complaining. Approximately 19 minutes. Produced...
  • S.E. Cupp: ‘We can’t be afraid to call out Rush Limbaugh’

    02/14/2013 10:13:16 PM PST · by Mozilla · 118 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2./14/2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    The New York Times has a must-read up on how the GOP is losing the tech war — and losing the youth vote. But tucked away in the piece, I found this: [W]e can’t be afraid to call out Rush Limbaugh,” said Goodwin’s fiancée, S. E. Cupp, a New York Daily News columnist and a co-host of”The Cycle”on MSNBC. “If we can get three Republicans on three different networks saying, ‘What Rush Limbaugh said is crazy and stupid and dangerous,’ maybe that’ll give other Republicans cover” to denounce the talk-show host as well.
  • More than 1,000 New Coal Plants Planned Worldwide

    11/26/2012 4:41:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Climate Central ^ | 11/26/12 | Damian Carrington
    More than 1,000 New Coal Plants Planned WorldwideBy Damian Carrington, The Guardian Published: November 26th, 2012 More than 1,000 coal-fired power plants are being planned worldwide, new research has revealed. The huge planned expansion comes despite warnings from politicians, scientists, and campaigners that the planet's fast-rising carbon emissions must peak within a few years if runaway climate change is to be avoided and that fossil fuel assets risk becoming worthless if international action on global warming moves forward. Coal plants are the most polluting of all power stations and the World Resources Institute (WRI) identified 1,200 coal plants in planning...
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 8:38:44 AM PST · by thecodont · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 25, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
    When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out. So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a...
  • Crowley’s Interference Saved Obama From Another Shellacking

    10/18/2012 5:51:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | October 18th, 2012 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Candy Crowley, the moderator of the presidential debate at Hofstra University on October 16, interfered in this U.S. presidential race in a way no one ever has before and—let’s hope—no one ever will again. Crowley loudly validated President Barack Obama’s version of reality—and contradicted Governor Mitt Romney’s recollection of actual reality—regarding what the president said in the Rose Garden about what happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2011. During the debate President Obama said he called the murder of four Americans an act of terrorism. Romney said he didn’t. Crowley said he did. And Crowley told them they had...
  • Reddit Sleuths In Action: Highlight How Obama Answered A 'Planted' Question

    08/31/2012 1:33:42 PM PDT · by Gomez · 5 replies
    We were a bit disappointed in how President Obama handled his recent Reddit AMA, giving mostly canned politician's answers to a community that tends to expect a bit more human emotion. It was no Woody Harrelson debacle, but it did seem like a missed opportunity. And, now, some Redditors are suggesting that parts of it were actually stage. Some internet sleuthing pointed out that among the only 10 questions that Obama chose to answer (out of hundreds that were asked almost immediately) was one from someone who appears to have been planted by the administration. The evidence: Profile created mere...
  • Obama order targets industrialefficiency, emissions

    08/31/2012 10:46:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/31/12 | Valerie Volcovici
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Thursday that would increase the number of cogeneration plants in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2020, a move that would boost U.S. industrial energy efficiency and slash carbon emissions by 150 million tons per year. The order is the administration's latest effort to deploy cleaner and more efficient energy production in the country by working around political resistance to climate change and "green" energy legislation on Capitol Hill. The measure aims to accelerate investments to help manufacturers expand their use of combined heat and power (CHP) facilities,
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 33, August 24, 2012

    08/24/2012 10:18:30 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 9 replies
    Posting for JADB. We seem to have missed the thread last week, but here we are!
  • Busted… Team O Plants 3 “Surprised” Veterans (Obamoptics)

    08/02/2012 10:03:14 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 9 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/25/12 | Jim Hoft
    PORTLAND, OREGON – June 24, 2012 – President Barack Obama visited Portland Tuesday greeting diners Mark Peterson, center, and Thomas Foeller, right, at the Gateway Breakfast House in an unschedueld stop on the way to fundraisers at the Oregon Convention Center. Michael Lloyd/The Oregonian. But then the truth eked its way out—- The three veterans were not regulars. They just happened to be sitting in a booth at the diner when Obama popped in. Victoria Taft has more, via Orbusmax: “No, they were not regulars.” The waitress who served President Obama, Mary, told me the veterans with whom the President...
  • Busted… Team O Plants 3 “Surprised” Veterans at Out-of-the-Way Diner to Speak With Obama –

    07/25/2012 4:37:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/25/12 | Jim Hoft
    What a coincidence! Obama just happened to find three friendly veterans in a booth at a Portland diner this week. It was a “surprise stop.” At least, that’s what local King5 told us.
  • Obama: Folks Faint All the Time at My Events

    03/07/2012 11:26:10 AM PST · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 3/7/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama, speaking in North Carolina a short while ago, noticed an audience member had fainted: "Looks like somebody might've fainted up here, have we got . . . Somebody . . . EMS . . . Somebody . . Don't worry about it: Folks do this all the time in my meetings," Obama said. "You always got to eat before you stand for a long time--that's a little tip. They'll be OK, just make sure--give them a little room.
  • Signs of Spring

    02/29/2012 6:17:49 PM PST · by Sarajevo · 30 replies · 3+ views
    N/A | 29 Feb 2012 | Sarajevo
    Due to the mild/non-existent winter we experienced this year, plants are blooming sooner. Here are a few of mine: Apple tree Citrus tree Kiwi Strawberries Buds on Mulberry tree Peach blossoms Japanese Loquat (finally bearing fruit!)
  • Thanks to Plants, We Will Never Find a Planet Like Earth

    02/08/2012 6:01:06 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 2/1/12 | Mark Fischetti
    Earth's flora is responsible for the glaciers and rivers that have created this planet's distinctive landscapeAstronomers are finding lots of exoplanets that are orbiting stars like the sun, significantly raising the odds that we will find a similar world. But if we do, the chance that the surface of that planet will look like ours is very small, thanks to an unlikely culprit: plants. We all know how Earth's landscape came about, right? Oceans and land masses formed, mountains rose, and precipitation washed over its surface; rivers weathered bare rock to create soil and plants took root. Well, new research...
  • NEW USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps

    01/26/2012 9:53:45 AM PST · by orsonwb · 16 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 26, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    On January 25, 2012, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), the first major update since 1990. See the new map, detailed state specific PHZMs, as well as PHZMs for Australia, Canada, China, Europe, and Japan...
  • Boxwood Blight Invades North America [Origin A Puzzle]

    01/22/2012 10:21:44 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 38 replies
    ScienceNews.org ^ | January 20th, 2012 | Susan Milius
    Devastating fungus has already stripped shrubbery in Europe and New Zealand. Shrubs may be trembling by doorsteps across North America as an aggressive fungus disease of boxwood invades the continent. Boxwood blight, caused by a Cylindrocladium fungus, was unknown to science before 2000 but has now spread through Europe and New Zealand. In October, U.S. authorities confirmed that the blight had jumped continents, with infections confirmed in North Carolina and Connecticut. By mid-January, with growers and pathologists on alert, the fungus had turned up in at least five more states — Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Oregon — and...
  • Seed Source Listing

    01/10/2012 10:15:49 AM PST · by orsonwb · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 10, 2012 | The How Do Gardener
    An alphabetical listing of 40 sources of Seeds, Transplants, and Bulbs for Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Grains, Grasses, Ground Covers, Vines, Fruits, Sprouting, Trees, Wildflowers, and much more. Many are Open-pollinated, Non-GMO, Organic, and Heirloom varieties. Most offer a Free Catalog.
  • EPA To Shut Down 20% of Coal Plants in 2012

    09/24/2011 9:26:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 82 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 9/24/11 | Helen Whalen Cohen
    This article is a few days old, but it is worth a mention nonetheless. Susan Kraemer at CleanTechnica can barely contain her excitement at the prospect of environmental regulations. In an article titled "Obama's EPA Cues 130 Billion Race to Cut Pollution By 2015", she reports that the EPA will shut down 20 percent of coal plants through the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. (Snip) The EPA will shut down an estimated 20% of the nation’s coal plants through the ground-level ozone rule (the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) ) through cap and trade that is about to be implemented in
  • EPA Says All Texas Plants Will Get New Air Permits

    07/13/2011 11:38:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/13/11 | Staff
    HOUSTON– Nearly 140 Texas plants, including some of the nation’s largest refineries, have reached a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive new permits even though a long-standing battle between the Lone Star State and the federal agency is far from over.The EPA’s announcement Tuesday that it reached a deal for all 136 companies to apply for new permits came more quickly than initially expected when the agency ruled last year that Texas’ so-called “flexible permits” violated the federal Clean Air Act. At the time, Texas blasted the EPA ruling, challenging it in court and saying
  • What Secrets Do Ancient Medical Texts Hold?

    05/13/2011 9:32:18 PM PDT · by Palter · 13 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | May 2011 | Megan Gambino
    The Smithsonian's Alain Touwaide studies ancient books to identify medicines used thousands of years ago In 2002, Alain Touwaide came across an article about the discovery, some years before, of a medical kit salvaged from a 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Tuscany. Divers had brought up a copper bleeding cup, a surgical hook, a mortar, vials and tin containers. Miraculously, inside one of the tins, still dry and intact, were several tablets, gray-green in color and about the size of a quarter. Touwaide, a science historian in the botany department at the National Museum of Natural History, recognized that...
  • Marijuana plants grew near Osama hideout, servants on cola

    05/04/2011 12:14:57 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 22 replies
    High-strength marijuana plants have been found just yards from the mansion of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden who was killed by US commandos deep inside Pakistan on Sunday. CNN reported from close to the 9/11 mastermind's mansion in the military garrison town of Abbottabad today that the marijuana plants were growing alongside other crops including cabbages and potatoes. Despite being a short walk from a military training academy dubbed 'Pakistan's Sandhurst'--800 yards away-- the illegal crop had remained undiscovered, it said
  • Obama’s Green Energy Plants Create “Toxic Brew Of Pollutants”

    04/27/2011 2:36:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 4/27/11 | staff
    A few days after the Obama Administration proudly announced its latest multi million-dollar infusion for green energy plants, a news report reveals that the government-backed projects actually infest the air with a “toxic brew of pollutants.” To support the president’s aggressive push for renewable technology, the administration has steered hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to dubious projects that claim to create energy that’s environmentally friendly. Instead, the new power plants are polluting the earth with nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and particulate matter. They also release thick plumes and visible dust and fail to monitor equipment or...
  • Lieberman: "Put the brakes" on new nuke plants

    03/13/2011 11:04:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    CBS News, ^ | 3/13/11 | Lucy Madison
    In the aftermath of Japan's devastation, Conn. Sen. says it's time for temporary moratorium on building new nuclear plants (CBS News) Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday called for a temporary moratorium on the construction of nuclear power plants in the U.S. in the aftermath of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, which damaged two reactors at a nuclear facility in the country's northeast. "The reality is that we're watching something unfold," he said in an interview for CBS' "Face the Nation." "We don't know where it's going with regard to the nuclear power plants in Japan right now. I think...
  • Why Are Vines Overtaking the American Tropics?

    02/18/2011 5:52:09 AM PST · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 02-17-2011 | Staff
    Sleeping Beauty's kingdom was overgrown by vines when she fell into a deep sleep. Researchers at the Smithsonian in Panama and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee received more than a million dollars from the U.S. National Science Foundation to discover why real vines are overtaking the American tropics. Data from eight sites show that vines are overgrowing trees in all cases. "We are witnessing a fundamental structural change in the physical make-up of forests that will have a profound impact on the animals, human communities and businesses that depend on them for their livelihoods," said Stefan Schnitzer, research associate...
  • The end of middle America? Working class white families are unraveling before our eyes

    12/27/2010 2:33:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 77 replies · 1+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | December 19th 2010 | Kay Hymowitz
    Foreclosures, plant closings, offshored jobs, underwater mortgages, miserable rates of unemployment, stagnating incomes: Is there any end to the woes of the struggling American middle? Apparently not, because now comes news of a trend guaranteeing trouble ahead for the more than half of the nation that make up the moderately educated and moderately earning middle — even if the economy improves. That seismic shift, outlined in a new report from the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, is towards more divorce, more out of wedlock births and, ipso facto, fewer kids with a hopeful future. Family breakdown,...
  • 'Greener' Climate Prediction Shows Plants Slow Warming

    12/10/2010 3:24:36 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 64 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 9, 2010) | ScienceDaily
    A new NASA computer modeling effort has found that additional growth of plants and trees in a world with doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide levels would create a new negative feedback -- a cooling effect -- in the Earth's climate system that could work to reduce future global warming. The cooling effect would be -0.3 degrees Celsius (C) (-0.5 Fahrenheit (F)) globally and -0.6 degrees C (-1.1 F) over land, compared to simulations where the feedback was not included, said Lahouari Bounoua, of Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Bounoua is lead author on a paper detailing the results published Dec....
  • Common Flower Could Revolutionise Treatment of Leukemia

    05/04/2010 5:04:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 415+ views
    A common white flower could revolutionise the treatment of leukaemia and save thousands of lives, scientists have claimed.An extract from the white flower commonly known as Baby's Breath can boost the efficiency of anti-cancer drugs by a million times, according to experts. They found that molecules called saponins, extracted from the Gypsophila paniculata plant, appear to break down the membrane of cancer cells. This makes it much easier for antibody-based drugs, known as immunotoxins, to attack the cancerous cells. As a result, immunotherapy used to treat certain types of leukaemia and lymphoma is increased in potency by 'over one million-fold'....
  • Tea Party: Beware of the Imposters!

    04/03/2010 9:28:39 PM PDT · by GVnana · 40 replies · 1,963+ views
    email alert from Tea Party Patriots | 4/3/2010 | Mark Meckler
    Just received the following email alert regarding the Tax Day Tea Party for Sacramento, CA.: Many of us have been getting disturbing emails and phone calls regarding the counter protests or "crashers" we are expecting on the day of our event. This did happen last year as well so plan for it. It's much better to be prepared than surprised. Here are some suggestions for our event and "crashers": 1. We will introduce ourselves to the local police on that day as the permit holder. We have already spoken with Officer Troy on many occasions and he knows us and...
  • A Seed Shortage May Come In 2010

    01/14/2010 10:58:57 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,393+ views
    Chronicle.com ^ | 1-11-2010 | SUSAN REIMER
    A Seed Shortage May Come In 2010 By SUSAN REIMER THE BALTIMORE SUN Jan. 11, 2010, 10:39AM Will there be a shortage of vegetable seeds for gardeners in 2010? It is possible, says Barbara Melera, owner of the oldest seed house in the country, D. Landreth Seeds, formerly of Baltimore and now of New Freedom, Pa. After back-to-back good years — 2008's salmonella scares and 2009's poor economy send homeowners into the garden to grow their own food — you might expect a backslide in seed sales, Melera said. New gardeners get discouraged or bored. But, she said, “In 2009,...
  • Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too

    12/22/2009 1:39:23 AM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,703+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 21, 2009 | NATALIE ANGIER
    I stopped eating pork about eight years ago, after a scientist happened to mention that the animal whose teeth most closely resemble our own is the pig. Unable to shake the image of a perky little pig flashing me a brilliant George Clooney smile, I decided it was easier to forgo the Christmas ham. A couple of years later, I gave up on all mammalian meat, period. I still eat fish and poultry, however and pour eggnog in my coffee. My dietary decisions are arbitrary and inconsistent, and when friends ask why I’m willing to try the duck but not...
  • Earth-like planet Corot-7b found outside solar system

    09/22/2009 2:11:12 PM PDT · by antiobamacare · 23 replies · 1,401+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 17, 2009 | Mark Henderson
    Astronomers have confirmed that a planet orbiting a distant star has a rocky structure similar to that of Earth, a find that shortens the odds on extraterrestrial life being discovered. New observations of a planet named Corot-7b, which circles a star 500 light years away in the constellation Monoceros, or the Unicorn, have shown that its density is similar to the Earth’s, indicating that it is also a solid, rocky world. The discovery is important for the prospects of discovering life elsewhere because Corot-7b is the first exoplanet — a planet beyond our solar system — orbiting another star that...
  • Electricity Harvested From Trees

    09/17/2009 7:21:29 AM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 1,081+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 15 Sep 2009 | LiveScience
    Researchers have figured out a way to plug into the power generated by trees. Scientists have known for some time that plants can conduct electricity. In fact, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that plants can pack up to 200 millivolts of electrical power. A millivolt is one-thousandth of a volt. And although the popular potato or lemon battery experiments have shown that an electrical current can be generated by creating a reaction between the food and two different metals, power is harvested from trees through a different mechanism. "We specifically didn't want to confuse this effect with...
  • Obama Planted Second Questioner at Yesterday's Press Conference

    06/24/2009 8:54:04 AM PDT · by kristinn · 100 replies · 5,768+ views
    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | Kristinn
    It turns out the Obama White House planted two questioners at yesterday's press conference by Barack Obama, a move that further cements the reputation of the media as being complicit with the Obama administration.The incident also raises uncomfortable questions for liberals who falsely accused the Bush administration of the same practice. The news media's tolerance and complicity One of the plants acknowledged Obama's staff chose the topic of his question for him.Huffington Post blogger Nico Pitney and Spanish language EFE reporter Macarena Vidal were invited by the White House to the press conference and given special access. Obama called on...
  • 'Wicked Plants' Creep Through Brooklyn Gardens

    06/19/2009 11:49:40 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 1,055+ views
    npr. ^ | June 19, 2009 · | Margot Adler
    Things are not as placid and peaceful in the plant kingdom as you might believe. Beyond the flowers, butterflies and vegetables, something dark is lurking in the garden. In her new book, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, author Amy Stewart focuses on plants that are illegal, dangerous — even deadly. Stewart says people don't realize that many plants have protective poisons to defend themselves from bugs and animals, including humans. For instance, oleander may have beautiful flowers, but if you ingest enough of it, your heart will stop. "There's a woman in Southern...
  • Dem. Shill as ‘Attendee’ in Obama’s Healthcare Townhall Audience

    06/15/2009 5:34:40 PM PDT · by pissant · 1 replies · 615+ views
    CFP ^ | 6/15/09 | Paulette Guerin
    Back in 2005, the Old Media was all atwitter over a supposed ”plant reporter” at a Bush press conference. The Old Media made a big deal out of this guy and used it to try and cast the Bush White House as employing some sort of underhanded control of information. Flash forward to today, President Obama held his Healthcare townhall in Green Bay, Wisconsin and it turns out that Obama’s first “spontaneous question” from the audience sure seems like a “plant” in the same way as the previously mentioned situation in 2005. Will the media take notice? Naturally, President Obama...
  • Sacred plants of the Maya forest

    06/05/2009 5:06:24 AM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 654+ views
    BBC ^ | 05 June 2009 | Matt Walker
    Some of the Central American rainforest's hidden treasures are being revealed by the Maya, more than a millennium after their passing. A study of the giant trees and beautiful flowers depicted in Maya art has identified which they held sacred. Created during the Maya Classic Period, the depictions are so accurate they could help researchers spot plants with hitherto unknown medicinal uses. The research is published in the journal Economic Botany. Plants played a significant role in the ecology, culture and rituals of the Maya people, whose artwork reflected the rich diversity of plant life around them. But while numerous...
  • News to Note, May 23, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    05/24/2009 1:48:11 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 412+ views
    AiG ^ | May 23, 2009
    News to Note, May 23, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint (READ THE FOLLOWING STORIES AND MUCH MORE BY CLICKING THE EXCERPT LINK AT BOTTOM) 1. ICR: “‘Missing Link’ Ida Is Just Media Hype”The news media has been awash this week in hype over an alleged missing link fossil nicknamed Ida. As it turns out, the fossil wasn’t fraudulent, but the hype definitely was. 2. The Telegraph: “New ‘Super Rats’ Evolve Resistance to Poison”Is this “super rat” an example of evolution in action, or the result of an information-reducing mutation? 3. Gallup: “More Americans ‘Pro-Life’ than...
  • BEWARE THE TROJAN ACORNS; THEY COULD GET YOU KILLED

    04/15/2009 6:24:10 AM PDT · by Gargantua · 35 replies · 3,060+ views
    FreeRepublic/Personal Assets ^ | April 15, 2009 | Gargantua
    The stakes have never been more high. The opponents of our decision to exercise our right of peaceable assembly to redress grievances with our Government are vile filth who have no compunction about destroying us. Literally. In fact, the more brutal the backlash against our initial efforts, the sooner the entire fight will be over as the steam is released from the pressure cooker by the shocking images on CNN. Expect there to be a police presence at all Tea Parties. Expect there to be highly trained and fanatically dedicated plants by Acorn and their militant wing, sometimes referred to...
  • Shedding Light on the Protein Big Bang Theory

    03/15/2009 3:14:14 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 30 replies · 1,975+ views
    CEH ^ | March 13, 2009
    Shedding Light on the Protein Big Bang Theory March 13, 2009 — The precise three-dimensional structure of a typical protein molecule is so complex, its origin would seem hopeless by chance. What if evolutionary biologists were to discover a whole host of proteins literally exploded into existence at the beginning of complex life? We can find out what they would think by looking at an article on the “protein big bang” found on Astrobiology Magazine...
  • Helpful House Plants Remove Toxins

    02/22/2009 10:12:11 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 4,753+ views
    wctv.tv/news ^ | Feb 20, 2009 | Heather Biance
    Common indoor plants may provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution. Those plants in your office or home are not only decorative, but NASA scientists are finding them to be surprisingly useful.They have been found to absorb potentially harmful gases and clean the air inside buildings."If they're looking for an air purifying plant all house plants have some qualities. Spider plants, Peace Lillies are two of the plants that remove toxins. They don't only convert the Carbon Dioxide to Oxygen, they do that, but also remove some of the toxins," says Tallahassee Nurseries'...
  • ABC Gives Disgraced Pastor Platform to Bash Religious Right

    02/02/2009 1:10:27 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 29 replies · 1,551+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | February 2, 2009 - 15:15 | Erin Brown
    ABC has apparently never heard that phrase, "There are two sides to every story." On Feb. 1, "World News Sunday" helped shamed former-pastor Ted Haggard take shots at the Christian conservatives who he says "shunned him." Reporter Dan Harris introduced the piece by qualifying Haggard as a former "insider, a powerful pastor at the highest levels of the Christian conservative movement." Haggard, who made headlines two years ago for getting caught in a gay sex scandal, is now offering advice to the Christian conservative movement; and ABC gave him the megaphone. Here is a portion of Harris' interview with Haggard:
  • Do Plants Speed Up Recovery In Hospitals?

    12/30/2008 1:33:20 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 9 replies · 511+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | December 29th 2008
    Contact with nature has long been believed to increase positive feelings, reduce stress and provide distraction from the pain associated with hospital stays and researchers now say they have confirmed the beneficial effects of plants and flowers for patients recovering from abdominal surgery.
  • Invasive Plants in Galápagos May Really Be Native

    11/21/2008 9:48:04 AM PST · by BGHater · 9 replies · 321+ views
    NY Times ^ | 20 Nov 2008 | Henry Fountain
    For years, conservationists have been concerned about the impact of invasive plant species in the Galápagos Islands. Hundreds of species have been identified as being nonnative, introduced through human contact. The idea is to remove these plants to help keep the archipelago ecologically pristine. That’s a worthy goal. But there’s just one problem, according to a study in Science: some of these pariah plants turn out to be native after all. They predate humans in the Galápagos by thousands of years. The evidence for this is in the form of fossilized pollen grains found in sediment cores from bogs on...