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Mushroom Ice Cream, Anyone? Chefs Turning To Veggies For Dessert : NPR

Mushroom Ice Cream, Anyone? Chefs Turning To Veggies For Dessert : NPR | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Unafraid of the supposed barrier between sweet and savory, many chefs are incorporating vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants, and even mushrooms into new dessert recipes. But are they any healthier? Actually, yes, says a nutritionist.
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Probing the mystery of the venus fly trap's botanical bite

Probing the mystery of the venus fly trap's botanical bite | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Plants lack muscles, yet in only a tenth of a second, the meat-eating Venus fly trap hydrodynamically snaps its leaves shut to trap an insect meal. This astonishingly rapid display of botanical movement has long fascinated biologists.
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19 Species of Ferns Named for Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is being honored by a Duke University biologist. Kathleen Pryer is naming a new genus of ferns found in Central and South America, Mexico, Arizona ...

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Whazup with wasabi?

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A visit to Suva’s only Japanese restaurant prompted some googling. First, there was the name of the place: Daikoku. Daiwhat? Turns out this is the name of the Japanese Buddhist god of wealth, farmers, agriculture, rice and the kitchen.
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Swedish Snapshots | Garden Design

Swedish Snapshots | Garden Design | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Photographs of hotels and gardens and furniture and fabrics from Sweden, including Josef Frank prints and fabrics.

 

Who says a cutting garden isn't lovely?

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Art & Botany: Miniature Gardens | Garden Design

Art & Botany: Miniature Gardens | Garden Design | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Turkish architect Emre Ozberk designs miniature landscapes that are meant to be pruned, weeded, and mowed.
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Origami Owlets and Other Foldable Creature Cuteness | Wired Science | Wired.com

Origami Owlets and Other Foldable Creature Cuteness | Wired Science | Wired.com | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Wildlife biologist Bernie Peyton has been working with origami for more than 50 years, almost as long as he's been interested in conservation. Here we've rounded up an ark-full of his origami bears, birds and bugs.

 

Cactus origami~

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Origin of Italian wines is controlled better with multivariate statistics

Origin of Italian wines is controlled better with multivariate statistics | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Wine derives its economic value to a large extent from geographical origin, which has a significant impact on the quality of the wine. According to the food legislation, wines can be without geographical origin (table wine) and with origin.
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Video: Sundews Snap to Nab Insect Prey - ScienceNOW

Video: Sundews Snap to Nab Insect Prey - ScienceNOW | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Video: Sundews Snap to Nab Insect Prey - ScienceNOW...
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The Oldest Trees on the Planet | Wired Science | Wired.com

The Oldest Trees on the Planet | Wired Science | Wired.com | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Wired Classic: This gallery of the oldest trees on Earth from March 2010 is one of Wired's most popular of all time.
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Timeline Photos | Facebook

Timeline Photos | Facebook | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
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Sperm Trajectories, Evolving Humans and a Tomato Tapestry: The Best Scientific Figures of 2012 | Wired Science | Wired.com

Sperm Trajectories, Evolving Humans and a Tomato Tapestry: The Best Scientific Figures of 2012 | Wired Science | Wired.com | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Figures contained in scientific reports are a neglected area of the design world.

 

Tomato taste intensity!

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Medieval Food

Medieval Food | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Everything you wanted to know about what people in the Middle Ages ate!

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Kew Millennium Seed Bank Blog - The Taste Of The Amazon

Kew Millennium Seed Bank Blog - The Taste Of The Amazon | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
This month Kew's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, brings us a post about his recent adventures in the Amazon. Now safely back in the Millennium Seed Bank, he can share with us news of Cupuaçu; the taste of the Amazon!
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Plant has a bat beckoning beacon

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A rainforest vine has evolved dish-shaped leaves to attract the bats that pollinate it, scientists have found.Tests revealed that the leaves were supremely efficient at bouncing back the sound pulses the flying mammals used to navigate.When the leaves were present the bats located the plant twice as quickly as when these echoing leaves were removed.
A team of scientists in the UK and Germany reported its findings in the journal Science.
The study is the first to find a plant with "specialised acoustic features" to help bat pollinators find them using sound.Most bats send out pulses of sound to find their way around; the way they sense objects in their environment by sensing how these pulses bounce off them is known as echolocation.
"We already knew that plants used their brightly coloured petals to attract pollinators," explained Marc Holderied from the University of Bristol, one of the researchers involved in the study."What we've found is the echolocating equivalent to colourful flowers. "We have a shape that produces an echo - an 'echoacoustic beacon'."
The scientists first notice the Caribbean plant, Marcgravia evenia, in a photograph in a Natural History magazine."We immediately recognised that this dish-shaped leaf could be a perfect bat attractor," he recalled.He and his colleagues brought the plant into their laboratory and bounced to measure its acoustics - essentially firing sound pulses at it to see how they echoed.
The next step was to test how the bats responded to it.
The researchers set a test for a group of nectar-feeding bats (Glossophaga soricina) to measure how long it took them to locate a small feeder in a dark room.They adorned the feeder either with the plants' dish-shaped leaf or with a normal (much flatter) foliage leaf from the same plant."Once we added the leaf, that really did the trick," said Dr Holderied. "The bats found the feeder in half the time." "Now we know that the acoustic clues are important for pollination."


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Severe, grave and philosophical

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That, we are told by the BBC’s Material World presenter Quentin Cooper, is what Jonathan Swift thought coffee makes us.


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Swedish Snapshots | Garden Design

Swedish Snapshots | Garden Design | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Photographs of hotels and gardens and furniture and fabrics from Sweden, including Josef Frank prints and fabrics.

 

Pleached allee of trees....mulberry?  Linden?

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MoMA | Edward Steichen Archive: Delphiniums Blue (and White and Pink, Too)

MoMA | Edward Steichen Archive: Delphiniums Blue (and White and Pink, Too) | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
MoMA | Edward Steichen Archive: Delphiniums Blue (and White and Pink, Too)...

 

This image shows Carl Sandburg with a Delphinium specie named for him. 

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Recognizing The Right Of Plants To Evolve : NPR

Recognizing The Right Of Plants To Evolve : NPR | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
Plants can sometimes exhibit human-like behavior — some respond to music, smell other plants or seem to shrink away when touched. In fact, some would argue that greenery is sensitive enough to deserve rights.
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Exhibition review: 'Pollen and Paint' at the Henry Art Gallery

Exhibition review: 'Pollen and Paint' at the Henry Art Gallery | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it

Painiting with hazelnut pollen!  Artist Wolfgang Laib collected the particles from trees near his home.

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Beautiful Seed Photos Show Complexity of Life's Beginnings | Raw File | Wired.com

Beautiful Seed Photos Show Complexity of Life's Beginnings | Raw File | Wired.com | Botany Whimsy | Scoop.it
For Svjetlana Tepavcevic, her series of seed photos, Means of Reproduction, is about seeing the beauty of the mundane and staying aware of life's origins. A perspective influenced by living through the Bosnian War in her early 20s.
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