Seeing things differently - an invitation

Written by Andy Smith MCLC

I was walking back home with my dog (he still eatsrepparttar newspapers byrepparttar 110129 way) this weekend and re-emerging fromrepparttar 110130 woods onrepparttar 110131 hill that over looksrepparttar 110132 valley I live in, I stopped, and tookrepparttar 110133 time to stand and stare.

Below me wasrepparttar 110134 village, nestled deep in a cleft. The surrounding hills were lavishly adorned with sprawling woodlands, skirting and dividingrepparttar 110135 many farm fields in whichrepparttar 110136 wheat was beginning to ripen,repparttar 110137 hedgerows subdividing these further. The sky was a cloudless blue and a cooling breeze pleasantly temperedrepparttar 110138 sun's heat.

It was a view I'd seen many times and I thought back torepparttar 110139 very first time I'd gazed upon it; to how beautiful it had looked and how breathtaking. Only by now I had grown accustomed torepparttar 110140 scene, seldom stopping to look at it. So I stood, and stared. And tried to see it inrepparttar 110141 same way that I had seen it before, that first time.

My eyes watered withrepparttar 110142 effort, but to no avail. So I stood and thought about how I might re-awaken my former appreciation of this vista and then set off inrepparttar 110143 opposite direction to my normal route home down intorepparttar 110144 village, walking alongrepparttar 110145 top of a fallow field and down along a seldom trodden path by an overgrown hedge row.

Have Bananas Lost Their Mojo?

Written by Aimee Cremasco

Though their sexy shape may resemble a "GoldMember," modern-day bananas simply aren't shagadellic. According to Belgian and French scientists, bananas may become extinct withinrepparttar next 10 years due to their lack of genetic diversity, which makes them prone to attacks by diseases.

There are two primary fungal diseases attacking banana plantation, Panama disease and black Sigatoka. Biotechnology and genetic manipulation may berepparttar 110128 only way to saverepparttar 110129 fruit. Scientists hope to find disease-resistant genes from a non-edible variation ofrepparttar 110130 banana, and then inject them inrepparttar 110131 edible ones. Unfortunately, it's difficult to develop genetic variance in asexually reproducing plants. Cross-pollination with these wild plants is possible, but scientists claim it won't be easy.

Almost all bananas, as we know them today, are clones of naturally mutant wild bananas, which were discovered as many as 10,000 years ago. This rare mutation caused wild bananas to grow sterile. To keeprepparttar 110132 fruit alive, ancient farmers took cuttings ofrepparttar 110133 mutants, then cuttings ofrepparttar 110134 cuttings, and so on. According to a recent article published in The Guardian, "Plants use reproduction to continuously shuffle their gene pool, building up variety so that part ofrepparttar 110135 species will survive an otherwise deadly disease. Because sterile mutant bananas cannot breed, they do not have that protection."

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