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2010-10-02 05:20:00

A plant that has been used for hundreds of years by indigenous South Africans for reducing stress, relieving hunger, sedating and elevating moods, has now been approved for study and market, and it could soon be for sale over-the-counter worldwide. The plant, sceletium tortuosum, has great potential and could boost the local economy, researchers studying the plant and its effects told the Associated Press (AP). The American pharmaceutical company working on the project said, however, that...

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2010-03-29 11:00:56

Introduced more than 40 years ago, Galenia pubescens, an exotic plant from South Africa is found in great numbers in altered coastal environments in the south of Spain. Since its impacts on the ecosystem are unknown, a Spanish research team has studied its invasive capacity. The conclusions of this study show that, although populations of this plant are still at incipient levels, effective control is needed to prevent this "potentially" invasive plant from having more serious impacts. In...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.