Latest Sunflower Stories

2006-06-13 19:42:22

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three of the original Beach Boys appeared together in public for the first time in a decade on Tuesday to toast their musical legacy and hinted at the possibility of a reunion performance. Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, along with Bruce Johnston, who joined the touring lineup in 1965, gathered on top of the Capitol Records office tower for the presentation of double-platinum plaques marking U.S. sales of more than 2 million copies of...

2006-03-29 04:35:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG -- South African farmers have their eye on wild birds but not because of avian flu. They are watching birds because of their behavior can give early hints on the size and health of South Africa's major food crops -- important information in a region where periodic droughts leave millions of people hungry. In the case of this season's sunflower crop, the staggered nature of planting has been highlighted by the antics of pigeons, which flock in vast numbers to feed...

2006-02-23 08:02:28

FARGO, N.D. -- Sunflower farmers say a German study looking into possible links between the plant and AIDS medicine may grab headlines, but they believe it's too early to increase production of the crop. Scientists at the University of Bonn say a substance used by sunflowers to fight off a plant disease could be used in new drugs to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from reproducing. The German researchers have patented their method and are looking for private partners to manufacture...

Latest Sunflower Reference Libraries

2005-06-23 11:53:34

The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant in the family Asteraceae. The stem of the flower can grow up to 3 meters tall and the large flower head can reach up to 30cm in diameter. The sunflower is notable for turning to face the Sun, a behavior known as heliotropism. History Sunflowers are native to the Americas, and were domesticated around 1000 B.C. Francisco Pizarro found the Inca subjects venerating the sunflower as an image of their sun god, and gold images of the...

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Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'