Thursday, February 23, 2012

Real Paleo Plants and Guitars in Space

About 30,000 years ago, a squirrel hoarded some seeds in a hole in the ground. (Times change: squirrels don't!) The ground became permafrost, and stayed that way until scientists decided to dig it up, and see if the seeds could still sprout. With a little cell culture help, the plants sprouted just fine, flowered, and with a little hand-pollination, went to seed as well.

Check it out: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17100574

Second, a short clip - not embedded because it auto-plays, of an astronaut talking about the guitar on the space station, and learning to replay in space. Sadly, it was shot at the guitar factory, not onboard the space station - but still fun!

See here: http://www.space.com/14657-guitar-learning-play-space.html

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Both interesting links :-0 I think I'd have been a 'bit' more careful with the plant...