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Two New Species Of Desert Poppy Found In California And Arizona
2014-03-11 13:31:36

Pensoft Publishers Who said that there is only sand in the deserts? Not quite desert roses, two new species of desert poppies from North America prove such statements wrong with their simple beauty. The newly described plants are found in the deserts of California and Arizona and have a vibrant yellow colored inflorescences, typical for all the desert dwellers from the Eschscholzia genus of the poppy family. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. Most commonly...

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2012-06-02 07:26:57

Scientists studying opium poppies say that they have pinpointed the genes responsible for producing a compound which can be used as a cough suppressant and cancer-fighting agent. According to Reuters reporter Ben Hirschler, researchers at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) located a cluster of 10 genes which they claim are responsible for the creation of noscapine within the poppies. Noscapine has been used for many years to fight coughs, and recent studies have shown that...

2011-06-24 05:06:00

LONDON, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Coventry Building Society has enhanced its award-winning partnership with The Royal British Legion by launching Poppy Online Saver, a market-leading internet savings account [http://www.coventrybuildingsociety.co.uk/savings-and-investments/home.aspx . Poppy Online Saver is an easy access internet savings account [http://www.coventrybuildingsociety.co.uk/savings-and-investments/easy-access/Poppy/Poppy.aspx ] that pays 3.10% AER. Four...

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2010-03-15 08:28:57

University of Calgary researchers discover codeine and morphine genes Researchers at the University of Calgary have discovered the unique genes that allow the opium poppy to make codeine and morphine, thus opening doors to alternate methods of producing these effective painkillers either by manufacturing them in a lab or controlling the production of these compounds in the plant. "The enzymes encoded by these two genes have eluded plant biochemists for a half-century," says Peter Facchini,...

2009-06-25 14:51:55

An official on Australia's Tasmania island says wallabies have been wandering into poppy fields and getting high as a kite from eating the plants. Tasmanian Attorney-General Lara Giddings told a parliamentary budget estimates committee in Hobart Tasmania is facing an increasing problem with wallabies going after their next fix, The Times of London Web site reported Thursday. The one interesting bit I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with...

2008-10-12 12:00:14

By Manohla Dargis Happy-Go-Lucky Directed by Mike Leigh (Britain) * Reviewed by Manohla Dargis * If you know the British filmmaker Mike Leigh's work - early and later titles like "Bleak Moments,""Naked" and "Vera Drake" - you may find yourself watching his most recent movie, "Happy-Go-Lucky," with mounting unease, a tinge of dread. Despite the extraordinary human parade that has passed in front of his lens, laughing and raging, yearning for love and asking for cuddles, Leigh has...

2008-10-08 06:00:26

By Harlan Jacobson TORONTO -- British writer/director Mike Leigh has made films about ordinary working-class families coping with bulimia, abortion, interracial adoption, Gilbert & Sullivan and all sorts of ordinary madness. Almost all of Leigh's 17 movies, 20 plays and many TV shows have driven right into the heart of family secrets and laid it all out on the table to let everyone start healing. But no dramatic moment is safe from Leigh's sense of fun -- the same way real...


Word of the Day
bibliopole
  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'book seller.'
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