Ice Age Flower blooms again and other news of the week

Silene stenophylla in bloom. (Image via Discover Magazine.)

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.

How our forest grows: 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?

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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