Nestled in the heart of Chelsea lives over 5000 species of plants, many of them medicinal or otherwise ‘useful’ to our lives in the Chelsea Physic Garden. Almost 350 years after it was found by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries Michael Holland, Head of Education at the Garden will be exploring its past and some of […]
Growing concern for the environment has encouraged us to see that we can make a contribution to biodiversity by changing how we design and use our gardens. This talk will look at the emergence of wildlife gardening in a number of locations ranging from homes to schools to businesses. Professor Justin Dillon will give a […]
Ecological traits stay in species for millions of years, cause of the Larsen B ice shelf break-up and latest on effect of the ozone hole …
Stop-motion genetic modification! Credit to Pen Hill, Lucy van Dorp, Sam Cavenagh, Vanna Barber and Luis Mulet Planelles. More > Got a taste for stop-motion science? Check out Edible CERN!
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) This flower is native to Europe and North America. The origin of the word dandelion is a corruption of the French dent de Lion meaning lion’s tooth, though it also goes by the more poetic name of Florin d’Or – the golden florian. Its ethereal seeding stage; a corona of misty-star like […]
When midnight struck on the 17th August, most stoners were probabily blissfully unaware of the significance, as they rummaged through cupboards for food and listened to Pink Floyd at ear-bleeding levels. Science has always been pretty good mates with cannabis. At least unofficially, from the rambling philosophical chats about space and time, to just general ‘insight’ into the world […]
Spinning gold from straw is the stuff of fairytales, but Rumpelstiltskin might actually have been onto something. It seems plants have the ability to suck up gold nanoparticles and incorporate the precious metal into their leaves. This might sound like the next must-have bling homeware, but when the leaves get eaten, the gold gets transferred […]