One of the big complaints I hear from plant owners is that it can be a challenge to remember to water their plants, and with some plants, all it takes is one missed watering and it’s gone (especially with pickier plants like orchids). We had to quit buying plants for my mother because of this – we nicknamed her the ‘serial plant killer’.
Luckily, even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still enjoy the benefits of having indoor plants. It just takes a little more creativity up front. David Latimer, an English native, has kept the same plant alive in an enclosed ecosystem since 1972.
The spiderwort sprout Mr. Latimer used was given enough water to foster its own ecosystem, and with sunshine pouring through its glass case, it has no trouble composting and creating carbon dioxide. It’s a fascinating study of how the Earth works, and would be an excellent project for a science classroom, a family gardening experiment, or even as a gift to your favorite botanist.
If you’d like to learn more and perhaps build your own sealed bottle garden, you can get inspired by searching out and reading about David Latimer.
Oldest Living Things on Earth Right Now: Some 42,000 Year Old Worms
Longtern cryobiosis is the term of the day as some worms born around 42,000 years ago in Siberia are wiggling around again.
The worms are roundworms called Nematodes.
According to the Russian researchers, who worked in collab with Princeton U’s Department of Geosciences, “We have obtained the first data demonstrating the capability of multicellular organisms for longterm cryobiosis in permafrost deposits of the Arctic.”
Scientific research paper at Springer: “Viable Nematodes from Late Pleistocene Permafrost of the Kolyma River Lowland” >
“After being defrosted, the nematodes showed signs of life. They started moving and eating.”
There are two worms that are back in action. One is 42,000 years old and the other only 32,000.
Mdou Moctar Performing "SONG" Live
Mdou Moctar (b. 1986) is a Tuareg songwriter and musician based in Agadez, Niger, and is one of the first musicians to perform modern electronic adaptations of Tuareg guitar music. He first became famous through a subtle trading network of cellphones and memory cards in West Africa.
Mdou Moctar is a popular wedding performer and sings about Islam, education, love and peace in Tamasheq. He plays a left-handed Fender in a takamba and assouf style. He is originally from Abalak and has also lived in Tchintabaraden and Libya.
Moctar says that in Agadez, guitar is like football in Brazil: Only about 10% don’t play. His first guitar was one he made himself as a kid with a box and the cable from a bicycle brake.
The language he sings in is of a Berber language family called “Tamachiq,” more frequently called “Taureg” in the West.