Do You Know that Plants can Memorize Information? - Part 1

Friday, March 18, 2022

No, plants do not have a “brain.” So, how do they memorize information?

They have cells to have “a sophisticated calcium based networks” like memory in animals.

Fig 01- A plant changes its leaves color

A report revealed when a certain plant was treated with several drops of water then its responds:

- at first drop, plant will react by wincing its leaf

- after a while, plant learned to understand that water was harmless, thus plant does not react to other drops of water.

How about with memory?

Fig 02- A plant in the plastic pot

Fig 03- Medium size trees

Fig 04- A plant with flowers

Another surprise that plants are able to “memorize.” In this context, plants could store previous experienced.

The ability to memorize is quite longer than expected, even compared to average animals:

- plant could memorize or hold new information for several weeks.

- insects have very short memory, could only from one to two days.

The plants remember or distinguish seasons as well.

They know or sense the winter, and then “happy” to produce flowers when spring is coming.

# To be continued to Part 2

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Lighthouse for Helping People with Disabilities – Sign 4

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
When I read “Lighthouse Louisiana,” my first thought that this is must be a kind of institution or organization to:

- take care or maintain lighthouses

- fix old lighthouses

- do any works relate to lighthouses around the beaches or isolated places.

Fig 01- Lighthouse Louisiana.

Then, I search through internet, in fact that Lighthouse Louisiana is a non profit organization to empower disabilities people by:

- services

- employment

- advocacy

Lighthouse Louisiana “help fund service to people” include in the categories of:

- blind

- deaf

- other disabilities.

Fig 02- Trees at backyard, illustration only

I think this organization has done very impressive works for community such as:

- to create jobs for blind people

- provide 6,000 services for disabilities people annually.

Fig 03- Cloudy sky in our city

Interestingly, Lighthouse has own clinic which specialize in low vision.

Fig 04- Car of Lighthouse Louisiana

If eye doctors can’t do the patient’s eyes, then the clinic can help by:

- cope the problems with vision

- maximize low or remaining vision

The low vision therapists may provide training to use of:

- magnification

- visual aids

- adaptation.

Finally, I believe that your areas or cities or countries have this kind of non profit organization.

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A Little dog on the Street – Critters 2

Saturday, March 12, 2022

 We have routine jogging or walking either in the morning or afternoon, depend very much on weather.

We saw this little cute “critter” recently at our neighborhood.

Fig 01- She just crossing the street.

It seemed lost. Unfortunately, she has no a pet collar. As you know that a collar is important for dogs.

A collar may contain crucial information such as:

- identification

- address

- owner cell phone number sometimes

- or other information concerning dogs

Fig 02- She stares at anyone

Fig 03- The little dog runs away

Fig 04- She plays a plastic

Since no collar or information tag, we don’t know the owner of the dog to be contacted.

Unfortunately! Hope this buddy will be OK.

In addition to contain crucial information, a collar could be guiding of dog movement.

Other positive things for by wearing a collar:

- dogs feel comfortable than distress

- secure

Now days, there is a collar with a remote control and an electronic receiver to stop a dog from too much barking.

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The Local Honey in the Farmer Market – Part 1 – Food Variety 17

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

 We just visit farmer market, there were plenty of local honey on the shelves. I don’t know when they harvest this “healthy food.”

However, as a southern state, temperature getting warmer currently, could get above 20* C at mid-day.

Fig 01- Local honey in farmer market

As esxpected, a hot season is busy time for bees for secretion sweeter substances from flower then to produce honey.

At least there are four region as well known areas of honey bee production in Louisiana:

- Baton Rouge

- Northern Louisiana’s

- New Orleans and nearby areas

- Southwestern Louisiana

Fig 02- Just for illustration

Fig 03- Flowers of this wild plant could be source of nectar for bees

Fig 04- Flowers which attract bees

Fig 05- One of local honey product

We might know that honey is healthy foods due to its contain combinations of mineral, vitamins, enzymes and anti-oxidants.

Surprising facts for me that there are 4 different terms of honey sold in the farmer market:

- processed

- natural

- pure

- raw

# To be continued to Part 2

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Why Turtles Produce almost All Female Hatchlings Recently? - Part 2

Monday, March 7, 2022

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- Why Turtles Produce almost All Female Hatchlings Recently? - Part 1

Fig 01- Green turtle as one of endangered species.

Sex ratio of turtle when eggs put in incubator with varies temperatures are following:

- at C 28.5 (F 83.3) degree will produce equally males and females broods.

- above C 30 (F 86) degree produces all females hatchlings

- below C 25 (F 77) degrees produce all males turtle babies.

Then, why temperature become warmer in the sand of the Great Barrier Reef beaches?

Fig 02- Old tower, illustration

Fig 03- Box turtle in the hand

Many scientists have concluded that “climates changes” which relate to increasing of temperature responsible to more females in Great Barrier Reef turtle broods.

In short term, in order to get equal or natural sex ratio of marine turtles, then scientists design:

- lower nest temperatures

- optimal nest temperatures

The resutls are promising. Moreover, hope, world could handle the climate changes in near future.

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Talented Students to Display Their Paintings – Part 2 - Art 4

Friday, March 4, 2022

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- Talented Students to Display Their Paintings – Part 1 - Art 4

Fig 01- A cup of ginseng, painted by Hay AnhTon

The first, second and third paintings portrait daily live such as drink a cup of ginseng, have a pet and dancing.

Moreover, these talented students are identified through talented art program by East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

Art programs include:

- visual arts
- music
- theater

Fig 02- A dog, painted by Sydney Goldberg

Fig 03- Dance, painted by Annisa

In term the number of schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System are following:

- Primary schools, 54
- Middle schools, 16
- High schools, 18

These public schools get funding from several resources:

- local, state and federal governments
- some portion from private resources

Hope, this talented program could produce excellent works in arts, and promote great artists in the near future.

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Special Parking for Low Emission Vehicles - Sign 3

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

I have known the special signs stand up in the city library parking lots very long time ago.

However, I don’t know the “exact” meaning of these two phrases:

- low emission

- fuel efficient

Fig 01- Sign of parking for low emission and fuel-efficient cars.

I searched through internet to get the meaning and what kind of cars refer to those phrases.

Low emission cars emit low carbon dioxide (CO2) compared to normal car. Electric and hybrid cars are included in this category.

Numerous green cars which are low emission emitter, few examples are:

- Toyota Corolla

- Tesla model 3

- Volvo XC40 T5 Recharge.

- BMW 3 Series 330e.

- Kia e-Niro.

Fig 02- Sky over the roof

Fig 03- White flowers

Fig 04- A sign for low emission car

Fuel efficient refers to fuel consumed per mile. Lower consumption means energy efficiency.

Some fuel-efficient cars include:

- Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid

- Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet Hybrid

- Volkswagen Up 1.0 75

- Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 110 Ecoflex

- Renault Kadjar 1.5 dCi 110

- Chevrolet Bolt 2LT

Have you ever parked your car with this sign?

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