Desert rhubarb in bloom (G. Ne’eman)

World’s First Ever Self-Watering Plant Discovered in Israel

The Plant That Can Water Itself

” The Desert Rhubarb can hold 16 times more water than its rivals and has developed a unique ability to effectively water itself in its barren habitat.

Scientists claim ridges in the leaves act like mountain valleys, funnelling the water slowly and directly into the plant while stopping it evaporating.  A team from the Department of Science Education-Biology at the University of Haifa-Oranim, in Israel, said the leaves act like a mini irrigation system.  Lead researcher Professor Gidi Ne’eman said “We know of no other plant in the deserts of the world that functions in this manner.  We have managed to make out the ‘self-irrigating’ mechanism of the desert rhubarb, which enables it to harvest 16 times the amount of water than otherwise expected for a plant in this region based on the quantities of rain in the desert.”

The topography of the leaves channels water to the roots (S. Lev-Yadun)

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A: 192 (plus 7 Dead)

via wtop.com
{no pictures to go with this story, thankfully}

A Frederick County woman could face animal cruelty charges after officials found 192 live cats and seven dead ones in a mobile home.

Sheriff’s Office Major Robert Eckman said 58-year-old Linda McLaughlin is the owner of the cat-filled double-wide trailer. Eckman said the animals living in McLaughlin’s home also showed the effects of neglect and inhumane conditions.

McLaughlin could face charges of animal cruelty and animal neglect. She was not present when her cats were confiscated and has been hospitalized in Prince William County since Friday.

Officials said Wednesday that the home contains so much cat waste and cat hair that it will probably be demolished.”

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Caught on the throne : Wacky Archives

“While some companies try to keep toilets clean with some funny toilet signs, others go out of their way and install security cameras. It’s a far-fetched measure, but it gives you a lot of insight to what people are doing in there, except for the obvious things. Here are the oddest captures from these cameras! ”

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