Somehow true, particularly for us who is struggling in understanding things. We feel low.
Mutation is rarely a phenomenon that inspires admiration or high valuation, but in plants, the boundaries are a little more vague. Fasciation occurs when a plant—mutated by one of many possible factors (bacteria, viruses, insect attacks, simple genetic variation, etc.)—loses the plot a bit.
By that, I mean that the meristem stops directing the plant to grow new tissue around cylindrical points and instead shoots off in odd ribbons of tissue. And while this “ailment” isn’t quite as broadly prized as other botanical afflictions, such as striped tulips, there’s a definite horticultural element out there on the hunt for beautiful oddities.
That cactus up top is giving a thumbs up, so I suppose it’s all in good fun. —MN
Electric Charge Keeps Bubbles Alive for Hours
by Tracy Staedter
Anyone who has ever made bubbles knows the joy of a big one and the instant disappointment when it pops. A bubble is made of fluid layered between two thin films of soap that eventually succumb to gravity. And it usually happens within seconds.
But there’s a way to make bubbles last much longer, maybe even for hours. Researchers from the University of Lyon in France found that if they trapped a bubble between two platinum electrodes and delivered a charge, the soap flowed upward against gravity. The bubble’s walls became thicker and more stable and even changed colors.
The research gives new insight into the strange world of fluid dynamics and could help improve experiments with lab-on-a-chip technologies…
(read more: Discovery NEWS)