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Discarded Hop Leaves Have Substances That Could Fight Dental Diseases
2014-03-06 10:58:15

American Chemical Society Beer drinkers know that hops are what gives the drink its bitterness and aroma. Recently, scientists reported that the part of hops that isn't used for making beer contains healthful antioxidants and could be used to battle cavities and gum disease. In a new study in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they say that they've identified some of the substances that could be responsible for these healthful effects. Yoshihisa Tanaka and colleagues note...

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2009-11-26 08:38:32

A rare woodland plant uses 'cryptic coloration' to hide from its predators It is well known that some animal species use camouflage to hide from predators. Individuals that are able to blend in to their surroundings and avoid being eaten are able to survive longer, reproduce, and thus increase their fitness (pass along their genes to the next generation) compared to those who stand out more. This may seem like a good strategy, and fairly common in the animal kingdom, but who ever heard of a...

2007-05-03 21:00:16

By Roberta Stewart The Planter's Palette If you've driven south through Illinois, Indiana, or Missouri in March, the wonder of spring flowering trees surely has refreshed your winter soul. Especially resplendent is Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), which abounds in Zone 6, one zone south. It grows here, too, but with neither the vigor nor abundance seen in a warmer climate. Dogwood trees can be a part of your northern Illinois landscape with the right selection, placement and care....


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2009-04-28 13:32:41

The Paper Flower (Bougainvillea glabra), is the most common species used for bonsai.A Brazilian native, it features glossy green leaves with fine hairs and fuchsia colored stalks. It is an evergreen climbing vine whose trunk is typically twisted amid narrow stems with deep green foliage and prickly thorns. Clusters of small white flowers bloom among vividly colored paper like bracts. It is from these bracts that the name "paper flower" is derived. Paper Flowers are versatile and...

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Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'