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At William and Mary, plants an inspiration for green energy - Daily PressTuesday, June 13, 2017
Add light and, voila, you're making hydrogen, McNamara said. Even better, when you burn that hydrogen to get energy, you're left with a valuable byproduct: clean water.The long-term goal in artificial photosynthesis research is a device that will split water into hydrogen and oxygen indefinitely and cheaply with little maintenance."And that's really the dream," McNamara said.He demonstrated a bit of his research recently in a lab set up with an "artificial sun," a gas chromatograph and several of those glowing test tubes.The bright yellow solution consisted of water, ethanol as an electron donor, a chromophore of fluorescein and a catalyst of synthesized iron.The chromophore is a synthetic equivalent to chlorophyll in plants; it's what absorbs light and produces a glow. Fluorescein is a harmless, fairly cheap organic compound and dye, the kind used by ophthalmologists to stain the eye for an exam, or by bartenders to turn beer green for St. Patrick's Day.And the synthesized iron is what triggers the chemical reaction.The particular focus of McNamara's research is coming up with a cheap yet efficient catalyst. So far, the best catalysts are made from rare and precious metals such as platinum and iridium that are wholly impractical for the task."If you were to do this on a large scale," McNamara explained, "if you're using platinum or iridium, your device is going to be prohibitively expensive."This is where plants point the way."In biological photosynthesis, plants aren't using iridium or platinum because there simply isn't much around," McNamara said. "Plants haven't evolved to use these super-rare metals. Plants have evolved to use the metals that they have. That's why you have a manganese cluster for water oxidation, and not, like, a platinum cluster or an iridium cluster.""We're trying to mimic the (natural) process," said 20-year-old Shichuan "Rico" Xi, an undergraduate chemistry student originally from China. "To use what are most available to us and make something that can be widely applicable."This is why the lab is working with iron — the most Earth-abundant transition metal."Which would make it cost-effective, if we were to scale it up," McNamara said.In the lab, the test tubes are placed inside the "artificial sun," or the setup where glowing green and blue LED ribbons are strung in cylindrical shapes. The tubes are slowly rotated inside one of those cylinders by a cheap motor that a student handily adapted from a d... http://www.dailypress.com/news/science/dp-nws-evg-artificial-photosynthesis-20170527-story.html
Campbell Vaughn: Plants have place when decking the halls - The Augusta ChronicleTuesday, December 27, 2016
Gospel of Matthew, and were called the gift of the Magi. These magicians or wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Did you know that frankincense and myrrh are byproducts of trees found in the Middle East and parts of Africa?Frankincense comes from a tree that grows on the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula from various species of Boswellia. The Boswellia tree is a raggedy shrub with exfoliating bark that is found in the desert. The plant seems to thrive in the harshest of growing conditions. Boswellia is almost impossible to grow in our area. The gift of frankincense itself is dried resin that comes from a wound of the plant. Someone will manually cut the bark and let the sap drip out. The resin is then graded and used to burn as a type of incense.Commiphora is also a desert shrub with its resin called myrrh. This shrub is about 9 feet tall with knotty branches ending with sharp spines. The shrub has yellow-red flowers and small brown oval fruit. The oils that come out of the resin are used for incense, perfumes and holy ointments. Other historical holistic uses for myrrh oils include embalming as well as treatments for wounds and inflammation. Since frankincense and myrrh were not native to the area of Bethlehem, the gift was considered precious.The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is a popular winter-flowering houseplant native to Brazil. When these plants behave correctly, they will have an amazing bloom right around Christmas Day. The flowers can last for a few weeks and are very showy. Christmas cactus are warm climate lovers and are available in a variety of colors including red, rose, purple, lavender, peach, orange, cream and white. The Schlumbergera species grow as epiphytes among tree branches in shady rainforests, and their pendulous stems make them a great choice for hanging baskets. They are easy to root and give as gifts.Back in a time where families had to make their own fun, neighbors and relatives frequently visited each other for fellowship and did so especially during the holidays. A common tradition at Christmastime was to hang a sprig of mistletoe above a door frame of the host family. During these gatherings, any female who lingered under the mistletoe might be subjected to a harmless kiss from nearby males. Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that can be found disrupting the branches of over 200 species of trees and shrubs.“Yule” is the name of an ancient Germanic lunar calendar connected to a winter festival in December and January. Later, yule became associated with the 12 days of Christmas. “Tide” means time as in a period of time. So “yuletide” is the time of the year for Christmas. All that being said, what is a yule log? It was originally an entire tree carefully chosen and ceremoniously brought into the house and burned in the fireplace for 12 days. In England, oak is traditional. In Scotland, it is birch. France uses cherry. Some folks us... http://chronicle.augusta.com/columnists/life/2016-12-22/campbell-vaughn-plants-have-place-when-decking-halls
Tyler Flowers thriving in first season with Braves - Atlanta Journal ConstitutionTuesday, June 07, 2016
Right now, for the last little bit, I haven’t missed many pitches as I normally do,” Flowers said. “The ability to hit what you are looking for and put it in play is the byproduct of the good results.”Over his past nine games, Flowers has hit .333 (10-30) with four extra-base hits. This also includes two home runs and an on-base percentage of nearly .400 in the span. He said the recent success comes from being selective at the plate.“I feel like most of the teams have been attacking me the same as they had in the past,” Flowers said. “I am just doing a better job of being more selective.”Braves interim manager Brian Snitker has noticed Flowers’ success. He has inserted him into the fourth spot in the lineup behind Freddie Freeman. Snitker likes his ability and was pleased with the home run to start the game.“He is swinging the bat really well and playing good,” Snitker said. “Hopefully he can keep it going. You know, we want to continue to build it around him, and hopefully something will take off.”Flowers believes it can happen. He said the key is to just be continuing to follow the same routine.“I’m just trying to do the same thing and that has been the challenge for everybody,” Flowers said. “Myself and everybody in the game is just trying to find some way to be consistent as possible.”... http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/baseball/tyler-flowers-thriving-in-first-season-with-braves/nrWL7/
OUTLOOK: Flower power at Quik Farms - Chilliwack ProgressTuesday, December 15, 2015
The emphasis is always on environmental sustainability, Leo says. Pests, for example, are controlled with “good bugs.” Even the carbon dioxide byproduct from the gas boilers is reintroduced into the greenhouse to enhance the growing environment.When the flowers are mature, they’re harvested by hand (although Quik’s is investigating a more efficient automated system).Most of the stems are shipped early in the morning to Burnaby were they are sold through the United Flower Growers’ unique auction system – a daily event that can accommodate more than 3,000 transactions every hour.But not all the flowers make it to the auction floor. Quik’s also has a retail outlet at its Prest Road greenhouse, bringing field fresh flowers to customers right at the farm gate. To find out more about Quik’s (and to even order flowers online) go to www.quikfarm.ca... http://www.theprogress.com/business/246601211.html
Meet Cascara, the Coffee Plant's Other Drink - EaterMonday, September 28, 2015
Cascara has traditionally been kept close to its farms of origin, often being recycled into fertilizers and composts. "Cascara is a byproduct of the world's second most traded commodity: coffee," said Christopher Brancato, owner of Merchant coffee in New Orleans. "Across 84 coffee growing nations around world, the majority of world's coffee cherries stay right at home for replenishing the soil and adding needed nutrients to livestock feed."The challenge presented by drying the husks while still retaining the cascara's unique flavor (as well as a lack of market) has long kept farmers from exporting cascara en masse. As the distance between farmers, roasters and baristas grows ever shorter, however, the once afterthought product has been slowly creeping onto menus at coffee shops and forward-thinking restaurants.img alt="Greg Hill of Cafe Luna plays with cascara (and fire). " class="vox-lazy-load m-chorus-asset__in-entry-body" data-chorus-asset-id="4079346" data-full-size="https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/HJH-oq1DP2wYxyBLGkLf43xKtlw=/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/c... http://www.eater.com/drinks/2015/9/23/9360215/meet-cascara-the-coffee-plants-other-great-beverage
Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Pemberton’s to open his own shop.
Today, Hein’s floral shop has turned into a true family affair, with his granddaughter, Kelsey Hein Smith, having worked alongside him since graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2017. A floral designer and the store’s social media manager, Smith calls her grandfather PoPo – except during business hours.
“It’s weird to call him Steve,” she admitted.
Thoughtful, artistic expression has always been appreciated in the floral business, and remains a staple of Hein’s business model. While centerpieces and corsages are less common than they were at the start of his business, sending flowers across town – or even across the country – remains a popular action, and Hein can help with both. Some of his loyal clients utilize his services not only for local flower delivery but also to coordinate out-of-state arrangements for funerals or special occasions.
“We know what to say to the other florist, the dos and don’ts of what to use and what not to use,” Hein said, explaining that his clients appreciate his specific aesthetic. His penchant for communicating the specifics of that aesthetic when “calling out” orders to other florists hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the shop has often been lauded for orders that Hein helps coordinate across the country.
Former and fellow florists have also expressed their gratitude to Hein over the years.
“They have told me that when I set up shop in Lexington in 1987, I raised the bar for what florists do to make a show with their flower arrangements,” he said. “I thought that was a very nice compliment.”
E. Stephen Hein Florist is located at 380 E. Second St. More info is available at www.estephenheinflorist.com.
Calif. flower shop with no connection to Capitol riot flooded with threats, negative reviews - SFGateSunday, January 17, 2021
Alberti’s business appeared to have been removed from the platform. However, Cudd’s business also has a 4.6 rating.) Two other florists bearing the same name in Kentucky and Scotland were burdened with similar harassment. Alberti said all of them have given up on deleting the comments, and are instead attempting to respond to each one in order to set the record straight. “I offered to send some people maps of the United States,” joked Alberti. “Most people apologize and then they reverse, but some are steadfast. My thing is, I understand the need to vent and get rid of that hostility, but just spend an extra five seconds of time to see that we’re not in Texas. The very platforms that these people are using to type these rants and tirades … it would take them less time to find out we’re not that business than it would take for them to write the post.” He’s concerned about what the future holds for his business, which has been around since 1973 and spans four generations. “We’re just trying to survive,” said Alberti. “Being a florist is hard enough. We don’t have a high profit margin. We do it because we love it and love flowers. To already be suffering through COVID and add this on top of it, it’s stressful.” source srcset="https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/16/13/46/20494742/3/700x0.jpg 1x, https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/16/13/46/20... https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Beckys-Flowers-Roseville-mistaken-Capitol-rioter-15871654.php
Florist Who Bragged About Entering Nancy Pelosis Office Charged - Patch.comSunday, January 17, 2021
KOSA. Death threats have been left for Cudd at her flower shop, she told KOSA. Other businesses with similar names to "Becky's Flowers" across the country have also been targeted. In Kentucky, Becky's Flower Basket has received backlash even though its business has no affiliation with Cudd's Texas shop, according to a WKYT report. Amber Sergent told the Kentucky television station her family has been swamped with angry calls from people who are confusing them with Cudd's business. "Very violent language, I'll put it that way," Sergent said. The FBI had not listed the exact charges Cudd faces as of Wednesday afternoon. To request removal of your name from an arrest report, submit these required items to firstname.lastname@example.org.Florist Who Bragged About Entering Nancy Pelosi's Office ChargedThe rules of replying: Be respectful. This is a space for friendly local discussions. No racist, discriminatory, vulgar or threatening language will be tolerated. Be transparent. Use your real name, and back up your claims. Keep it local and relevant. Make sure your replies stay on topic. Review the Patch Community Guidelines.Reply to this articleReplyReplies (1)Show 1 previous reply... https://patch.com/texas/across-tx/florist-who-bragged-entering-nancy-pelosis-office-charged
Audrey Cleary Bailey, 76, advocated for military families - Port City DailyWednesday, December 02, 2020
Survivors include her three children, retired U.S. Cmdr. Navy Todd E. Bailey, and his wife, Anita, of Norman, Oklahoma, Deborah B. Stakelum, and her husband, Kevin, of Prospect, Kentucky, and Leigh Ann Cumberland, and her husband, Jeff, of Chaplin, Connecticut; and seven grandchildren, Ali, Tyler, T.J., Brigid, Molly, Eddie and Caelan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, retired U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Harry E. Bailey.At her direction, no local services will be held. A service and interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Paws4People/Paws4Vets.Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service. https://portcitydaily.com/obits/2020/11/30/audrey-cleary-bailey-76-advocated-for-military-families/