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asteroid impact
2014-09-17 05:09:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Approximately 66 million years ago, a relatively small chunk of rock changed the entire face of the planet. A meteorite, approximately 6 miles in diameter, impacted the Earth near the present-day site of the town of Chicxulub, in the Yucatan. With a force nearing that of 100 teratons of TNT, the meteorite left a crater nearly 100 miles wide and set off a megatsunami, wildfires, global earthquakes and volcanism that, to our knowledge,...

Exceptionally Well Preserved Insect Fossils Discovered In The Rhône Valley
2014-09-02 03:03:03

PeerJ First fossil insect discoveries in this area comprise the oldest water treader and traces of activities in sediment and on plants In Bavaria, the Tithonian Konservat-Lagerstätte of lithographic limestone is well known as a result of numerous discoveries of emblematic fossils from that area (for example, Archaeopteryx). Now, for the first time, researchers have found fossil insects in the French equivalent of these outcrops - discoveries which include a new species representing...

2014-08-20 23:02:41

Cheap LED grow lights are quickly being replaced by high quality LED grow lights.The KIND LED grow lights are available in many SuperCloset complete grow systems and have quickly established themselves the premium LED grow light in the indoor gardening industry. Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 The main feature of the K3 KIND LED grow light is the 12 per diode panel band perfect spectrum that encompasses the most plant-friendly Photosynthetic Active Radiation (PAR) wavelengths that...

Late Meroitic grave
2014-07-18 04:00:15

University of York An international team of researchers has found new evidence that our prehistoric ancestors had a detailed understanding of plants long before the development of agriculture. By extracting chemical compounds and microfossils from dental calculus (calcified dental plaque) from ancient teeth, the researchers were able to provide an entirely new perspective on our ancestors’ diets. Their research suggests that purple nut sedge (Cyperus rotundus) – today regarded as a...

2014-07-02 15:10:46

Society for Experimental Biology Growing plants in a microscope is helping scientists to view roots developing in 3D and in real time. "With the growth conditions under our control, we can explore how roots respond to different environmental conditions", says Professor Ernst Stelzer (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany). "This could help plant breeders to select crops which are more resistant to drought or flooding." Scientists already know that lateral roots in plants...

Plants Respond To Leaf Vibrations Caused By Chewing Caterpillars
2014-07-02 03:34:36

[ Watch The Video: Plants Respond To Leaf Vibrations Caused By Insects’ Chewing ] University of Missouri-Columbia Previous studies have suggested that plant growth can be influenced by sound and that plants respond to wind and touch. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, in a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis, have determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants and that the plants respond with more...

Key To Adaptation Limits Of Ocean Dwellers Uncovered By Scientists
2014-07-02 03:35:33

Alfred Wegener Institute The simpler a marine organism is structured, the better it is suited for survival during climate change. Scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, discovered this in a new meta-study, which appears today in the research journal Global Change Biology. For the first time biologists studied the relationship between the complexity of life forms and the ultimate limits of their adaptation to a warmer climate. While...

LEGO Bricks Turned Into Scientific Tool To Study Plant Growth
2014-06-27 03:19:07

Iowa State University Ludovico Cademartiri had what seemed like an impossibly demanding list of requirements for his lab equipment. The Iowa State University assistant professor of materials science and engineering wants to understand environmental effects on plant growth, specifically how variations in climate and soil characteristics affect root growth. That requires highly controlled environments that expose whole plants to environmental effects such as nutrients, water, oxygen...

2014-06-23 23:01:51

The Grounds Guys want to make shopping for office plants simple by providing a list of plants to choose, depending on the space and specific needs. Waco, TX (PRWEB) June 23, 2014 Many types of plants are available to spruce up your work space. The Grounds Guys want to make shopping for office plants simple by providing a list of plants to choose, depending on the space and specific needs. Adding a touch of green to a work space has proven wellness benefits, from improving moods to...

Feathers Of Migrating Birds Carry Plant Fragments To New Locations
2014-06-12 12:14:13

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online One question that biologists have is why do plants grow in the northern regions of North America and southern regions of South America, but nowhere in between? Researchers have discovered a possible explanation to why this happens. Migratory birds from the Arctic harbor fly to South America with small fragments of plants in their feathers. Over the last several decades, scientists have speculated on this idea but have gone without...


Latest Plant Reference Libraries

Dawsonia
2013-11-04 10:01:23

Dawsonia is a classification of mosses. This genus is a member of the Polytrichaceae family. Dawsonia plants are commonly known to grow taller and have thicker leaves than other common mosses. Mosses are known to grow when hydrated, however most common mosses lack cuticles and internal transport tissues. This makes it difficult for them to maintain substantial amounts of water and they typically do not grow tall. Dawsonia are an exception to this common rule. Dawsonia mosses are...

Petrified Forest National Park
2013-04-24 16:53:26

Petrified Forest National Park is located in the state of Arizona in the United States. The park holds 221,552 acres of land, of which 50,260 acres are comprised of a designated wilderness. The area was once inhabited by Native American tribes including the basket maker and pueblo peoples. The first American explorers to enter the area arrived while searching for good routes leading from east to west. This group, led by Army Lieutenant Amiel Whipple, surveyed the northern area of the...

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2008-06-15 19:31:02

The Whisk Fern (Psilotum nudum), is a genus of fern-like vascular plants, one of two genera in the family Psilotaceae, order Psilotales, and class Psilotopsida (the other being Tmesipteris). The distribution of Psilotum is tropical and subtropical, in the New World, Asia, and the Pacific. The highest latitudes known are in South Carolina and southern Japan for P. nudum. In the U.S., one species is found from Florida to Texas, the other in Hawaii. They had traditionally been thought not to...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'