Tag: Flowers and Plants

Plant-Based Meat Has Roots in the 1970s

Even as Americans mass in cities and their suburbs, the range-roaming cowboy has endured as a national symbol, along with the cholesterol-laden diet he represents: heavy on steaks, hamburgers, sausages and the like. What if that iconic image were replaced someday by, say, a technician in a lab coat producing a facsimile of a traditional […]

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The Feud Between Trump and New York

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Friday. We’re off on Monday for Presidents’ Day. Weather: Today, expect a high in the low 30s and a biting wind, but the sun is back for the long weekend. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Presidents’ Day). ImageCredit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times […]

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Nothing Says ‘I Love You’ Like Secondhand Roses

Roses on Valentine’s Day don’t seem like such a kind gesture when you think about them getting shipped to the city on cargo planes from Ecuador, or decomposing in landfills and converting to methane gas. So what’s a climate-conscious romantic to do? Consider the case of Leatal Cohen, an idealistic young florist and the owner […]

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For Valentine’s Day, Nine Stories About Flowers

In addition to being obvious testaments to beauty, flowers are often bound up in human ritual. We give blooms to note a birth, a death and many occasions in between, including the, well, blossoming, of romantic love. At a certain point, though, we long for something more surprising and complex than the single stems of […]

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When Fires Burn on the Prairie, Coneflowers Bloom More Often

As fires continue to rage across Australia, destroying ecosystems and killing millions of animals, it’s hard to imagine any good emerging from such devastation. But it’s long been known that some small plants can benefit from a fire, because they grow back faster than grasses and trees, giving them an advantage in the battle for […]

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Bumblebee Vomit: Scientists Are No Longer Ignoring It

The bumblebee is a discerning nectar shopper. When choosing which flowers to gather the sticky substance from, it might consider a plant’s distance, the shape of the petals and how sugar-rich the nectar is. But according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, there’s another variable the bees may […]

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How a Rose Blooms: Its Genome Reveals the Traits for Scent and Color

The scent of a rose fades over time, and has for hundreds of years. For centuries, generations of breeding in the quest for longer blooms and petals in shades of nearly every hue have dulled the sweetest smells that once perfumed gardens around the world. French researchers have now figured out precisely which genes make […]

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