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Fight Against Maturity

Along came a spider but don’t worry. It’s vegetarian.

American scientists have discovers a spider that feeds almost exclusively on plant food. The findings are significant because of the known approximately 40,000 species of spiders in the world, all were thought to be strict predators.

More via Scientists Discover Rare Vegetarian Spider | AHN

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October 13, 2009 Posted by | animals, plant, Strange | , | Comments Off on Along came a spider but don’t worry. It’s vegetarian.

Rat eating pitcher plant

You’ve heard of insect eating plants…how about a plant that eats rats?

Photo: STEWART MCPHERSON

Photo: STEWART MCPHERSON

Rat-eating plant discovered in Philippines – Telegraph.

August 19, 2009 Posted by | plant | , , | Comments Off on Rat eating pitcher plant

The World’s Oldest Trees…40 centuries plus

Of the many scenic wonders found within the Inyo National Forest, one of the most amazing is the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, located between 10,000 and 11,000 ft. in the White Mountains, east of the Sierra Nevada. These trees are the oldest known living trees on earth. Here in the White Mountains, the ancient trees have survived more than 40 centuries, exceeding the age of the oldest Giant Sequoia by 1,500 years…

Each Bristlecone pine, from young seedling to ancient relic, has an individual character. And in the Ancient Forest, where trees had more than four and a half millennia to develop their character, each tree is a true individual. Every single tree in the Ancient Forest is at least 4,000 years old, many reach 4,500 years and the oldest one – Methuselah – has a confirmed age of 4,768 years which secured its place in the Guinness Book of World Records. In order to protect Methuselah from souvenir hunters and people who would just “love it to death,” the forest service does not disclose its location. It only hints that Methuselah is on of the trees right along the trail in the Ancient Forest.

More at  The World’s Oldest Tree | Interesting Pictures.

August 12, 2009 Posted by | plant, Wow! | | Comments Off on The World’s Oldest Trees…40 centuries plus

Building materials going to pot

Cannabis could soon be going up in buildings rather than going up in smoke.

The hemp plant is one of six identified by Department of Primary Industries (DPI) scientists in Queensland [Australia] as a source of natural resin to reduce the building industry’s reliance on resins produced from fossil fuels…

Currently most resins and adhesives used in aerospace structures and in structural building materials are ultimately derived from crude oil.

via News.com.au.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | plant, technology | Comments Off on Building materials going to pot

Tree Grown From 2000 year old seed

More at eCanadaNow

Scientists have managed to grow a new sapling from a 2,000-year old [Methuselah] palm [seed] which was excavated in Masada. The plant has been growing for 26 months now and is four-feet tall.

The tree is called a Judean date tree and is now extinct in Israel, where the seed was found.

June 13, 2008 Posted by | plant | , , | Comments Off on Tree Grown From 2000 year old seed