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2013-11-15 23:21:31

The KIND LED grow lights K3 series, proudly distributed by SuperCloset, are included in the 2013 group of Best LED Grow Lights. The key feature of the K3 KIND LED grow light is 3 watt diode panels that emit a perfect 12 band spectrum that encompasses the most plant-friendly Photosynthetic Active Radiation (PAR) wavelengths that plants use during photosynthesis. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 15, 2013 A key point about the KIND K3 series “12 Band Perfect Spectrum” is that the...

UCLA Biologists Uncover The Secrets Involved In Leaf Size, Shape
2013-10-31 14:36:02

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Trees, and more specifically, the leaves that adorn them, having predated human's foray into scientific learning, should harbor no mysteries at this point. However, nature continues to surprise us. Whether it is news of gold in eucalyptus leaves, as we learned last week with news out of Australia, or the simple yet profound truth of the math that governs internal leaf structure, human understanding continues to expand with the...

Rise In Toxic Algal Blooms Climate Change
2013-10-25 10:07:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Algae is probably best known for the green scum it forms on top of stagnant water, and in addition to looking unpleasant, some algal blooms host strains of cyanobacteria that are highly toxic. According to a new study in the journal Science, nutrient enrichment and rising global temperatures are increasing the toxicity of some algal blooms in freshwater lakes, ponds and estuaries around the world. As these 'eutrophic' processes...

Living Stone Plant Employs New Way To Improve Underground Photosynthesis
2013-10-24 08:33:07

Public Library of Science A unique plant that lives underground uses multiple mechanisms to boost photosynthesis and offers new insights into how plants adapt to extreme conditions, according to new research published October 23 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, by Katie Field and colleagues at the University of Sheffield and other institutions. Lithops are a type of South African "living stone," a mostly underground plant that lives in extremely dry conditions. This underground life...

Study Of Photosynthesis Clears Path To Developing New Super-crops
2013-10-17 16:32:44

How some plant species evolved super-efficient photosynthesis had been a mystery. Now, scientists have identified what steps led to that change. Around three per cent of all plants use an advanced form of photosynthesis, which allows them to capture more carbon dioxide, use less water, and grow more rapidly. Overall this makes them over 50% more efficient than plants that use the less efficient form. A new study has traced back the evolutionary paths of all the plants that use advanced...

Forest Ecosystems Keep The Earth From Cooking
2013-10-17 04:10:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study led by Princeton University, enhanced growth of the Earth's plants during the 20th century has caused a significant slowdown of the Earth's transition to being "red-hot." This study, the first to specify the extent to which plants have prevented climate change since pre-industrial times, found that land ecosystems have kept the planet cooler by absorbing billions of tons of carbon, especially during the past 60...

Arctic Tunda May Add To Greenhouse Gas Emissions
2013-10-10 13:11:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Arctic tundra is often thought of as a barren wasteland that has no direct bearing on global events. However, a team of Scandinavian scientists is warning that the tundra could be a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions if temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise. "The soil below the tundra contains very large quantities of carbon – more than twice as much as is present in the planet's entire atmosphere,”...

2013-09-30 10:14:03

Understanding the impact of environmental change on plant traits is an important issue in evolutionary biology. As the only direct evidence of past life, fossils provide important information on the interactions between plants and environmental change. After ten years' survey, Professor Zhou Zhekun's group from Kunming Institute of Botany has discovered more than ten well preserved Neogene plant fossil sites in southwestern China which are important to understand past climate and response of...

Life-Bearing Oxygen Appeared On Earth Three Billion Years Ago
2013-09-26 07:19:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from the University of Copenhagen and University of British Columbia (UBC) has revealed that oxygen appeared 700 million years earlier than we previously thought. The findings, published in the journal Nature, raises new questions about the evolution of early life. The research team examined the chemical composition of three-billion-year-old soils from South Africa, which are the oldest soils on Earth. They found...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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