Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

Tid-bits from the July Smithsonian!



Fifty years after the U.S. atomic bomb tests obliterated three of Bikini Atoll's islands and heated the ocean to 99,000 degrees Fahrenheit, corals are recovering. Australian marine biologists recently counted 183 types of coral around the atoll's reef and lagoon, or about 70 percent of the species present before the explosions.


The earth is amazingly forgiving.   What allowed us to think we had the right?


Scientists long thought sunflowers were first domesticated in the Mississippi Valley 3,200 years ago. But University of Cincinnati-led researchers found sunflower seeds in Tabasco, Mexico, that are 4,600 years old and too large to be wild.  People likely cultivated the plants for food and later used them in medicines and rituals.


This is certainly the sunflower time of year around here.  They are beautiful and prolific.  Enjoy!!



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