Plants

Oldest Living Marine Organism – Deep Sea Corals

April 6, 2009 / No Comments

Deep-sea corals about 400 meters off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands are believed to be much older than once thought.  They might even be the oldest living sea organism. "Researchers from Lawrence Livermore, Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Cruz have determined that two groups of Hawaiian deep-sea corals are far older than previously recorded." [caption id="attachment_4409" ...

Potted Plants Nod to Lonely Japanese, Offer Encouragement

January 19, 2009 / No Comments

There's a plant in Japan that will nod at its caretaker, offering encouragement and listening when nobody else will. It's called the Pekoppa. As it sprouts from a pot, it flutters its two leaves and bends at its stem as if reacting to someone who is nearby and speaking to it. How cool is that? There are some 50,000 of the species. ...

It’s Raining Rose Petals

November 10, 2008 / No Comments

To be sure, if it's raining rose petals, there's got to be a party going on, people getting married or falling love. But, no matter, the flowers aren't going to be happy. There's a hotel in Dalian, China that is doing its part to be as unfriendly to the prettier side of our environment by allowing its hotel to be ...

Powerful antioxidant in green tea may prevent or delay the onset of type 1 diabetes

November 6, 2008 / No Comments

Going green isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for people too! Researchers were testing the health benefits and effects of EGCG, the predominant antioxidant found in green tea, on laboratory mice that had type 1 diabetes, as well as Sjogren’s syndrome, which depletes moisture-producing glands. The main focus of this study was on the effects that EGCG had on Sjogren’s ...

Japanese Firm Sells CO2 Eating Carbon Offset Plants

October 30, 2008 / No Comments

I probably should have studied harder when I was in science class, but I seem to remember that all plants thrive on CO2. Even so, Ota Florticulture Auction Co., which is Japan's largest flower wholesaler, is planning to market a series of arrangements made up of potted plants that gobble up large amounts of CO2. There's always someone wanting to ...

World’s Largest Halloween Pumpkin, Grown in Intelligent Greenhouse

October 27, 2008 / 1 Comment

It seems there is an intelligent greenhouse (as opposed to a stupid one, I reckon) in Tianjin, China. The greenhouse is built to show off new agricultural technologies like soilless culture and drip irrigation. [caption id="attachment_2134" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Huge pumpkin growing in an intelligent greenhouse in Tianjin"][/caption] The greenhouse is meant to be a model of modern sightseeing agriculture. It grows huge ...

Pictures of Shangri-La

October 16, 2008 / No Comments

There really is a Shangri-La. It is located at the center of the "Three Parallel Rivers" and is home to the Potatso National Park and Shudu Lake, Niru Area and Bitahai Nature Reserve. Monks, (not monkeys) squirrels, fir trees and a Tibetan Buddhist Temple can be found there as well. Ah, Shangri-La. It's not just a hotel chain. It's a real place. [gallery] When ...

Tallest Tree, Flowering Plant in the World Found in Tasmania

October 15, 2008 / 2 Comments

The world's tallest hardwood was found in Australia's southern island state Tasmania. The trees are known as the swamp gum (eucalyptus regnans), dubbed Centurion. They grow upwards of 100-101 meters tall. One tree that was over 100 meters tall was discovered in a forest near the Tahune Airwalk tourist attraction. Who'd a thought that a tree of this stature would ...

Great Photos of Fall Foliage

October 3, 2008 / 2 Comments

Not that we'd need more things to see how beautiful nature is, but it's autumn and I just wanted to show you some great photos of fall foliage that should arouse your emotions and make you do less harm (if you do any) to the environment. Imagine yourself sitting on a bench in a park with all these great colors nearby. ...

Our Environmentalist Who Art in Trees

September 17, 2008 / No Comments

Yeah, I am a creationist and not ashamed to admit it. That is why I love our planet, our home (Earth) and advocate that we be the best stewards of the resources with which we have been entrusted. I live in the 'neighborhood' of the knuckleheaded tree sitters of Berkeley. They are north of the Bay and I am located to ...