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Nature by Priti

Poet Priti encourages environmental awareness through her poem, “Nature.”

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The Science Behind Blue Flowers

Blue is all around us, from the oceans to their reflection in the sky, but it’s very rare that you’ll see blue anywhere else in nature – unless you’re flipping through a Dr. Seuss book.

Wildflowers sporting a bluish-hue, which includes purple and violet flowers, only account for about 15 to 20 percent of all flower colors, says a 2018 Breeding Science journal review.

“Many ornamental plants with a high production volume, such as rose and chrysanthemum, lack the key genes for producing the blue delphinidin pigment or do not have an intracellular environment suitable for developing blue color,” the review explains.

While recent advancements in genetic engineering have allowed scientists to synthesize blue roses, chrysanthemums, orchids, and dahlias, the process isn’t as simple as “editing a few genes” (granted, gene editing isn’t such a simple process, either).

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Weekly Newsletter #70: Every Day is Earth Day

Earlier this week, individuals around the globe came together virtually to pay homage to our planet in celebration of Earth Day.

While this worldwide celebration is an effective way to raise awareness and encourage more environmentally-friendly lifestyle choices, we’d like to remind you that these choices must live on throughout the year in order to make a positive impact.

The power to save the planet is in mankind’s hands – don’t let it slip through our fingers.

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