All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘plants’

Percy Julian Honored With Google Doodle On His 115th Birthday

Google is celebrating the life of Percy Lavon Julian with a doodle on its homepage today, his 115th birthday. He died from liver cancer in 1975 at the age of 76. Julian is known as a brilliant chemist, who emerged from the Jim Crow South to pioneer chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs and human hormones like progesterone and testosterone from …

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The Paleo Diet vs Plant Based Diet

With 2014 upon us most people are making their New Year’s resolutions. The number one resolution is to lose weight. Weight loss seems to elude many American’s – mostly because of our lack of knowledge, and due to the fad diets that plague our country – promising quick weight loss. We are short on patience, and much too trusting – …

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Sheep-Eating Plant To Bloom In Britain

Sheep-eating plant? You read that right. A rare Chilean plant that ensnares sheep with its spiny thistles, ensuring they get caught, starve to death, and provide the plant with rich fertilizer, is about to bloom in Britain 15 years after it was planted in a greenhouse. The plant–which can grow up to ten feet tall–is one of very few of …

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Giant Hogweed Plant: Beware, It Will Blind You

An invasive plant is taking over parts of Indiana, and the Department of Natural Resources is warning people to stay away from it as oil from the flowers can cause skin trauma and even blindness. Giant hogweed, or heracleum mantegazzianum, is on the Federal Noxious Weed list, which means it’s so dangerous it’s illegal to sell or transport across state …

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Maria Sibylla Merian Google Doodle Comes To The U.S.

As previously reported, Google began showing a doodle in honor of naturalist and illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian in parts of the world where it was already April 2nd. Now that the date has changed in the rest of the world, including here in the U.S., the doodle has made it to a larger audience, putting Google in the spotlight once …

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Japan Developing Interactive Plants

Japan has been producing 76% of the world’s weird s*** since 1952. It’s a fact. The country that brought us interactive digital pets like Tamagotchi and Nintendogs is now going interactive with house plants. Researchers at Keio University in Japan are developing plants that they say convey emotions through movement. How do they get a plant to show emotion? By …

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