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    Posted on 26th July 2014
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    Notes lickystickypickyshe:

In an ongoing series on hybridizing fruit trees, Syracuse University sculptor Sam Van Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit is true to its name. Most of the year, it looks pretty ordinary, but in the spring, the tree blossoms display various tones of pink, crimson, and white. Then, from July through October, it bears 40 different types of stone fruit, including almonds, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums. 
The feat is accomplished by grafting together several different varieties, including native fruit, heirlooms, and antiques, some of which are centuries-old, Aken tells Epicurious. 
His main source is an orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, which he leased when he heard the orchard was to be torn down. After developing a timeline of when each of the 250 varieties blossom in relation to each other, he would graft a few onto the root structure of a single tree. When his “working tree” was about two years old, he would add more varieties onto the tree as separate branches — a technique called “chip grafting,” Science Alert explains. A sliver that includes a bud is inserted into an incision in the working tree and then taped in place. After it heals over the winter, the branch becomes just another normal branch on the tree, to be pruned as usual.
So far, 16 of these Trees of 40 Fruit have been grown, each taking about five years. He picked stone fruits because they’ve got a lot of diversity and they’re inter-compatible. And a bit of garlic and peppermint repellents keep deer away. 
“By grafting these different varieties onto the tree in a certain order I can essentially sculpt how the tree is to blossom,” he says. “I’ve been told by people that have [a tree] at their home that it provides the perfect amount and perfect variety of fruit.”

    lickystickypickyshe:

    In an ongoing series on hybridizing fruit trees, Syracuse University sculptor Sam Van Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit is true to its name. Most of the year, it looks pretty ordinary, but in the spring, the tree blossoms display various tones of pink, crimson, and white. Then, from July through October, it bears 40 different types of stone fruit, including almonds, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums. 

    The feat is accomplished by grafting together several different varieties, including native fruit, heirlooms, and antiques, some of which are centuries-old, Aken tells Epicurious

    His main source is an orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, which he leased when he heard the orchard was to be torn down. After developing a timeline of when each of the 250 varieties blossom in relation to each other, he would graft a few onto the root structure of a single tree. When his “working tree” was about two years old, he would add more varieties onto the tree as separate branches — a technique called “chip grafting,” Science Alert explains. A sliver that includes a bud is inserted into an incision in the working tree and then taped in place. After it heals over the winter, the branch becomes just another normal branch on the tree, to be pruned as usual.

    So far, 16 of these Trees of 40 Fruit have been grown, each taking about five years. He picked stone fruits because they’ve got a lot of diversity and they’re inter-compatible. And a bit of garlic and peppermint repellents keep deer away. 

    “By grafting these different varieties onto the tree in a certain order I can essentially sculpt how the tree is to blossom,” he says. “I’ve been told by people that have [a tree] at their home that it provides the perfect amount and perfect variety of fruit.”

    (Source: iflscience.com, via jron)

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    Posted on 23rd July 2014
    How to Find an Exoplanet - YouTube
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    Posted on 22nd July 2014
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    Notes nemejo:

Blindly chasing the likes on social media (via Colossal).

    nemejo:

    Blindly chasing the likes on social media (via Colossal).

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    Posted on 21st July 2014
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    Posted on 16th July 2014
    Leave Your Sleep

    Leave Your Sleep

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    Posted on 14th July 2014
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    nprfreshair:

    Stunning murals by Fiona Tang leap off the walls. 

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    Posted on 13th July 2014
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    Notes laughingsquid:

LEGO Sculptures That Portray Iconic Superheroes and Movie Characters as Lazy Couch Potatoes
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    Posted on 12th July 2014
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    Notes alanfriedman:

Beauty Mark
Gorgeous sunspot in active region 2109 with an unusual bright center. The umbra (dark area) of the sunspot is quite a bit larger than earth… the little granules on the surface about the size of Texas. What a great week for fun in the sun, y’all.

    alanfriedman:

    Beauty Mark

    Gorgeous sunspot in active region 2109 with an unusual bright center. The umbra (dark area) of the sunspot is quite a bit larger than earth… the little granules on the surface about the size of Texas. What a great week for fun in the sun, y’all.

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    Posted on 12th July 2014
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    Posted on 10th July 2014

    "That’s a lot of potential Caesar salad."
    - MJM