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The False Promise Of Biofuels

Just in case you still thought that biofuels such as ethanol, biodiesel and biogas might be a sustainable solution to stem this pesky climate change thing, some sobering thoughts from Hartmut Michel, an eminent molecular biologist from the University of Frankfurt am Main.

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Samoan Plant Excites Researchers

American researchers are so excited about the plant they have signed an agreement to pay royalties to Samoa for any drugs developed from it

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Echinacea Boosts Immune System

Even when patients were directly inoculated with a rhinovirus – the most common cold-causing virus – echinacea reduced cold incidence by 35%.

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Walk If You Want But Plants Prefer to Fly

Celebrated in Buddhist temples and cultivated for its wood and cottony fibers, the kapok tree now is upsetting an idea that biologists have clung to for decades: the notion that African and South American rainforests are similar because the continents were connected 96 million years ago.

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A Plant Needs Its Sister

New research shows that at least one species recognizes its kin, and becomes much more aggressive in soaking up resources if the guy growing next to it is a member of the same species, but a total stranger. But if it's a sibling, it backs off.

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Marine Plants That Create Sand

Its a unique plant in a number of ways, but one that’s quite interesting is its production of rock

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Take A Pine Tree On Vacation

Some science also suggests the bark extract may be useful in combating deep venous thrombosis, a dangerous blood-clotting sometimes dubbed economy class syndrome because it can arise from sitting in cramped condtions.

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Putting Children In Children’s Gardens

Adults make many assumptions about children and gardening, and instead of enlisting the creativity and innovative thinking of young people, they often involve children in the more mundane tasks of planting, weeding, and watering.

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The Most Alien Looking Place On Earth

Unbelieveable flora from the island of Socotra