• Posts Tagged ‘Botany’

    Strange Science: Weaponizing Insects

    by  • January 18, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Calliphora sp

    Our Monday story from Rick Tobin hypothesized about weaponizing insects, but he recently ran across an article that suggests that some believe that the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could be doing just that. DARPA spearheads a program called Insect Allies, through which insects are used to carry genetically modified viruses...

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    Weed of Ill-Omen

    by  • December 3, 2018 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    Art for "Weed of Ill Omen"

    An essay by Dr. Abderrafie Alhazred, as provided by Sarah Yasin Art provided by Luke Spooner Some drug dealers keep big dogs to scare the cops. I always found that tactic to be labor intensive. Who wants to poop-scoop those massive feces every day? Not I. The drug business is purely an economic opportunity...

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    Strange Science: Ripening Fruit

    by  • November 16, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Bananas

    Many fruits have a literal sweet spot–that point when they’re just the right amount of ripe to taste their most delicious. Eat them before then, or after then, and you might be disappointed. Ethylene is the naturally occurring chemical that causes fruit to ripen, and it can be accelerated by damaging the fruit or...

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    Strange Science: Sleeping Trees

    by  • June 29, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Cyprus trees

    By surveying trees via a 3-D technique known as terrestrial laser scanning, scientists have determined that trees have sleep cycles. These sleep cycles have to do with the transport of water from the ground into the leaves, something that was previously believed to be a constant process. However, these Danish and Hungarian scientists have...

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    When Bluebells Die

    by  • April 23, 2018 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    Art for "When Bluebells Die"

    An essay by Sidney Bover, as provided by Iris Wright Art by Justine McGreevy Stranded in fields of ultramarine flowers, I was paralyzed. The delicate blooms decorated the forest understory, so I, who was unable to swim, could drown in a sea of flowers with one wrong move. I looked down at my boots, but...

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    Strange Science: Plants Under Sedation

    by  • February 23, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Closed flower bud

    We know that plants are alive, but did you know that they can be sedated with the same drugs used to sedate humans? Scientists have recently published a study in the Annals of Botany that details their experiments on the effects of a variety of drugs on pea plants. “Under anesthetics, the physical properties of...

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