Links and Fun Stuff
(in no particular order)
THE LICHENS ARE A FASCINATING SHOW!
Several members of the Ohio Moss and Lichen Association join together in harmony to sing Ray Showman’s hit “The Lichens are a Fascinating Show”!
MOSS VS LICHEN
This accurate cartoon by Tom Gauld recently appeared in the New Scientist.
THE ADAPTORS PODCAST
The Adaptors podcast of July, 2015 featured James Lendemer and Jessica Allen of the New York Botanical Garden speaking with eloquence and humor in an interview with Flora Lichtman. You can listen to it directly here or open the “The Adaptors” page with the interview by clicking the image below.
Science Friday a few years ago had this great video of James Lendemer exploring a bog in New Jersey.
“MOSS IN MY POCKET”
Uploaded to YouTube on Nov 22, 2011, by Hardy Hall, this video was intended for students of the University of British Columbia (UBC) non-vascular plant course taught by Shona Ellis. They were inspired by the “Capital One” commercial which used this tune. Musical performance by the band ATP (sonicashun.com) including Ales (bass), Tina(conga), Tony(keys), Noriko (drums), and Hardy (lead vocal, guitar).
Adaptation of “Hands in my pocket” by Jim Guthrie. Hardy Hall notes that this video features images of the late, great Professor Wilf Schofield, guiding students through wonderful Burn’s Bog.
DROP THE MOP!
THIS PLANT COULD HELP KEEP PEE OFF YOUR PANTS
(FINALLY, A USE FOR THE POTTIACEAE)
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Drop the mop. Scientists have figured out the inner workings of a plant that’s exceptionally good at sucking up water, and their research cou…READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE BY CLICKING IMAGE BELOW.
MOSS THAT DRINKS FROM FOG AND MIST
For a much more dignified presentation than the one above, see the interesting article on the Science (AAAS) web site featuring a video about the water-gathering capabilities of the desert moss Syntrichia caninervis. You can access it HERE or watch just the video below.
RUSSIAN BOGS AND CARBON STORAGE
Originally published on the website “DW Made for Minds” HERE, this video explains the importance of peat lands. They introduce the video with the following statement:
“Peatlands store twice as much carbon dioxide as all the world’s forests put together, but when they’re drained they release huge amounts of greenhouse gases and are a great fire hazard. An NGO is trying to rehydrate peatlands.”