Ice Age flower blooms again
Some 32,000 years ago, a squirrel buried fruit from a campion plant in his pantry deep within the frozen tundra of Siberia. In 1995, a team of Russian scientists discovered the fruit tucked away with 800,000 other seeds and fruits in one of 70 fossilized Ice Age squirrel burrows. Last winter, the scientists announced that they had successfully brought its tissues back to life. And this week, Discover Magazine published a picture of the resulting white campion flower. The plant is apparently viable and has already produced a new generation. You can read more about the regenerated Silene stenophylla plant here.
Time lapse photography shows how the Bitterroot National Forest in west-central Montana responded to various forest management practices used between 1909 and 1997 (via NPR).
Yes, you do need to wash organic produce
Even the stuff from the farmer’s market. (MotherJones)
The Five-Year-Old picks a college
And the winner is St. Mary’s. Can you guess why? I’m thinking it might have something to do with the four-legged roommates.
So, what caught your eye this week?