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  • Megaherbs Flourished In Antarctica

    03/27/2008 7:23:10 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 625+ views
    ABC Science News ^ | 3-19-2008 | Stephen Pincock
    Megaherbs flourished in Antarctica Wednesday, 19 March 2008 Stephen Pincock, ABC This daisy-like 'megaherb' may have once grown in Antarctica 2 million years ago before spreading north when the last ice age started (Source: David Norton) Giant flowers found on Australia and New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands are probably survivors of lush forests that covered Antarctica before the beginning of the last ice age nearly 2 million years ago, scientists say. The flowers, known to researchers as megaherbs, grow abundantly on the tiny windswept islands such as the Snares, Auckland and Campbell island groups. Dr Steve Wagstaff from Landcare Research in...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread -- It's ALMOST April!

    03/27/2008 1:32:50 PM PDT · by Gabz · 64 replies · 758+ views
    Garden Girl | 3/27/08 | Garden Girl
    Wow! February was sure a weather rollercoaster. Not just for us, but for most of the country, and indeed the world, with record snows and cold temperatures recorded in many places. So much for glo-bull warming! Face it, scientists-who-think-you-know-everything! Weather is weather, and mankind has no control over it, no influence on it whatsoever. We can record it, and complain about it, compare this year to that year. Bottom line is—the weather and the climate cycle as they will, hotter sometimes, colder sometimes. Wetter sometimes, dryer sometimes. All the hype, whichever way it goes, sounds suspiciously like a retelling of...
  • 'SEXIST' PROTESTERS DISRUPT HILLARY (UPDATE - protester admits to being a Republican)

    01/07/2008 9:08:50 PM PST · by digger48 · 195 replies · 918+ views
    NYDaily News ^ | Jan 7, 2008 | Michael McAulifft
    A couple of yahoos interrupted Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight in Salem by waving big signs and chanting “Iron my shirts!” Clinton asked that the lights be turned on, apparently to see them better and declared. “Oh the remnants of sexism, alive and well tonight,” to applause. She then talked about breaking glass ceilings, before joking as the pair were hustled out: “If there’s anybody in the audience who wants to learn to iron his own shirt, we can talk about that.” We ask what the heck they were thinking. Nick Gemelli, who is 21, and born at least a...
  • CNN Defends Loading Republican Presidential Debate with Democrat Questioners

    12/01/2007 7:47:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 384+ views
    The Arizona Conservative ^ | December 1, 2007 | John Semmens
    If you thought there was something odd about CNN's YouTube Republican presidential debate you are correct. As it turns out, at least nine of the “undecided Republican voters” have subsequently been identified as Democrats who have taken stands in support of one or another of the current Democratic presidential candidates. CNN President Jonathan Klein was quick to defend loading the questions in this fashion. “Who better to show the unsuitability of these Republican candidates than knowledgeable Democrats?” Klein asked. “The American people deserve to see these poseurs exposed to critical scrutiny. Our only disappointment is that the revelation of the...
  • Democrat Plants in the Republican Debates?

    11/30/2007 4:23:59 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 1 replies · 64+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 11/30/07 | Alaphiah
    [W]hy is anyone surprised and why would anyone think that after Democrats refused to debate on the Fox News Network that Democrats are fair and balanced? Fox’s debates incidentally were co-sponsored by the exclusively Black Liberal Democrat Congressional black caucus, but Democrats were so hell bent on disparaging Fox that it didn’t matter. So why wouldn’t anyone think that Democrats would try the dirty tricks that they delusionally projected onto Fox News and Conservatives? I did.
  • Plant ideas: Lets freep Clinton events with potted plant merchandise

    11/29/2007 8:55:02 PM PST · by Benjamin Harrison · 1 replies · 116+ views
    11/29/07 | Benjamin Harrison
    I have some ideas on how we can capitalize on the Hillary plants
  • CNN: The Last Name In News

    11/29/2007 7:55:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 70+ views
    Contentions ^ | 11.29.2007 | John Podhoretz
    I only saw a little of the Republican presidential debate last night, which featured video questions sent in through YouTube selected by CNN. There’s a lot of griping this morning about how the debate was an embarrassment and a bad night for the GOP in general because CNN chose questions that were either defiantly peculiar, beneath contempt, or freakish. I wonder if there’s a little oversensitivity at work here, because the great surprise of the first YouTube debate in September, featuring Democrats, was how substantive it was and how it forced the Democratic field to engage for the first time...
  • Digging out more CNN/YouTube plants: (at least four plants exposed so far)

    11/29/2007 2:16:26 AM PST · by rawhide · 284 replies · 2,695+ views ^ | November 29, 2007 12:47 AM | Michelle Malkin
    Abortion questioner is declared Edwards supporter (and a slobbering Anderson Cooper fan); Log Cabin Republican questioner is declared Obama supporter; lead toy questioner is a prominent union activist for the Edwards-endorsing United Steelworkers
  • Carnivorous Plants Use Pitchers Of 'Slimy Saliva' To Catch Their Prey

    11/24/2007 4:17:25 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 4,323+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-24-2007 | Public Library of Science.
    Carnivorous Plants Use Pitchers Of 'Slimy Saliva' To Catch Their Prey ScienceDaily (Nov. 24, 2007) — Carnivorous plants supplement the meager diet available from the nutrient-poor soils in which they grow by trapping and digesting insects and other small arthropods. Pitcher plants of the genus Nepenthes were thought to capture their prey with a simple passive trap but in a paper in PLoS One, Laurence Gaume and Yoel Forterre, a biologist and a physicist from the CNRS, working respectively in the University of Montpellier and the University of Marseille, France show that they employ slimy secretions to doom their victims.Pitcher...
  • The Secret Plant Life Of Democratic Frontrunners (Hillary caught again)

    11/11/2007 7:41:48 AM PST · by jdm · 42 replies · 56+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Nov. 10, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    I know Hillary Clinton sponsored federal funding for the Woodstock Museum, but who knew she took Joni Mitchell's song about the concert so literally? Apparently heeding the lyrical call to "get back to the garden", Hillary's team has plants popping up all over the campaign trail: For the second time in as many days, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has had to deal with accusations of planting questions during public appearances, FOX News has learned. In a telephone interview Saturday, Geoffrey Mitchell, 32, said he was approached by Clinton campaign worker Chris Hayler to ask a question about how she was...
  • GM May Close 2 More Plants Under Deal

    09/30/2007 9:04:01 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 6 replies · 105+ views ^ | 09/30/07 | AP
    DETROIT (AP) — The tentative contract between General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers would allow GM to close a plant each in Michigan and Indiana and possibly shut down several other facilities, according to a detailed copy of the agreement. The moves are the downside of job security pledges that the UAW won in the negotiations, including commitments for new products at 16 plants. About 74,000 hourly GM workers will vote on the pact starting this week, with a final tally to be done by Oct. 10. Gregg Shotwell, a GM worker and frequent critic of the UAW,...
  • Advanced biofuels: Ethanol, schmethanol

    09/27/2007 11:52:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies · 619+ views
    The Economist ^ | September 27, 2007 | The Economist
    Everyone seems to think that ethanol is a good way to make cars greener. Everyone is wrong SOMETIMES you do things simply because you know how to. People have known how to make ethanol since the dawn of civilisation, if not before. Take some sugary liquid. Add yeast. Wait. They have also known for a thousand years how to get that ethanol out of the formerly sugary liquid and into a more or less pure form. You heat it up, catch the vapour that emanates, and cool that vapour down until it liquefies. The result burns. And when Henry Ford...
  • Plants' Cleanup May Create Side-Effect (landfills w/ millions more tons of potentially harmful ash)

    08/26/2007 7:10:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 403+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/26/07 | Anna Jo Bratton - ap
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- As the nation's coal-fired power plants work to create cleaner skies, they'll likely fill up landfills with millions more tons of potentially harmful ash. More than one-third of the ash generated at the country's hundreds of coal-fired plants is now recycled -- mixed with cement to build highways or used to stabilize embankments, among other things. But in a process being used increasingly across the nation, chemicals are injected into plants' emissions to capture airborne pollutants. That, in turn, changes the composition of the ash and cuts its usefulness. It can't be used in cement, for...
  • Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy (we can't do ANYTHING right!)

    07/05/2007 3:29:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 624+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 3, 2007 | Chee Chee Leung
    HUMANS are just one of the millions of species on Earth, but we use up almost a quarter of the sun's energy captured by plants - the most of any species. The human dominance of this natural resource is affecting other species, reducing the amount of energy available to them by almost 10 per cent, scientists report. Researchers said the findings showed humans were using "a remarkable share" of the earth's plant productivity "to meet the needs and wants of one species". They also warned that the increased use of biofuels - such as ethanol and canola - should be...
  • Mystery of the Earth's Oldest Trees Unraveled

    06/14/2007 10:02:32 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 447+ views
    Newswise ^ | Friday April 20, 2007 | Binghamton University, State University of New York
    William Stein, associate professor of biological sciences at Binghamton University... and his colleagues offer new insights into the world's oldest trees found in an area cited as home to the Earth's oldest forest. Located near the Gilboa Dam in Schoharie County, NY, the region has yielded tremendous tree trunks from the Devonian era, meaning they're roughly 380 million years old. These trunks have been studied by paleobotanists for about a century, but scientists could only guess what the tops of the trees looked like... The fossil, more than 12 feet long, offered the first evidence of how big and complex...
  • The Mathematical Lives of Plants

    05/10/2007 10:22:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies · 1,371+ views
    Science News Online ^ | Week of May 5, 2007 | Julie J. Rehmeyer
    The seeds of a sunflower, the spines of a cactus, and the bracts of a pine cone all grow in whirling spiral patterns. Remarkable for their complexity and beauty, they also show consistent mathematical patterns that scientists have been striving to understand. Each yellow nub in the center of this daisy is actually its own miniature flower, complete with a full set of reproductive organs. The buds form interlocking clockwise and counterclockwise spirals.Scott Hotton A surprising number of plants have spiral patterns in which each leaf, seed, or other structure follows the next at a particular angle called the golden...
  • High School Senior Wins Scholarship (new area of mathematics called string topology)

    12/04/2006 3:04:01 PM PST · by xtinct · 3 replies · 379+ views
    Newsday ^ | 12-4-06 | KAREN MATTHEWS
    NEW YORK -- A high school senior from Oregon won a $100,000 scholarship at one of the nation's premier high school science competitions on Monday for his research in a new area of mathematics called string topology. The research conducted by Dmitry Vaintrob, 18, a student at South Eugene High School in Eugene, Ore., could provide knowledge that mathematicians and physicists might apply to understand electricity, magnetism and gravity, judges at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology said. "His work is at the Ph.D. level, publishable and already attracting the attention of researchers," said competition judge Michael Hopkins,...
  • Hail to the hornworts: New plant family tree sheds light on evolution of life cycles

    10/04/2006 10:25:43 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 105 replies · 1,105+ views
    University of Michigan ^ | October 4, 2006 | Staff
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—In the history of life on earth, one intriguing mystery is how plants made the transition from water to land and then went on to diversify into the array of vegetation we see today, from simple mosses and liverworts to towering redwoods. A research team led by University of Michigan evolutionary biologist Yin-Long Qiu has new findings that help resolve long-debated questions about the origin and evolution of land plants. The work will be published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Two major steps kicked off the chain of events that helped...
  • Fort, center settle suit on bio pact (Ft Huachuca vs. Center for Bio-Diversity)

    09/20/2006 4:21:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 309+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — A federal judge has approved a lawsuit settlement in which the post and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will renegotiate a biological opinion. “Fort Huachuca’s proactive decision to re-initiate consultation was instrumental in the Center for Biological Diversity and the Army agreeing to settle the lawsuit involving activities at Fort Huachuca and the impact of these activities on the San Pedro River basin,” post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said Tuesday. Jeff Humphrey, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman in Phoenix, said the settlement was signed Friday by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson, who is assigned to...
  • Turkey plans to build 3 nuclear plants

    06/20/2006 11:02:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 555+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/06 | AP
    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister announced plans Tuesday to build three nuclear power plants by 2015 to meet the country's growing energy needs. Turkey has limited energy resources, relying on natural gas supplies from Iran and Russia. "As a country whose energy consumption is increasing rapidly, we want to benefit from nuclear energy as soon as possible," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an energy conference in Istanbul. "We foresee the building of three nuclear power plants by 2015." Turkey has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and strict agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Mohamed El-Baradei, head of...