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Flower Power: The Physics of Pollination

The BioPhiles Blog has been quiet these days and I’m only just now starting to emerge from under a mountain of teaching work, grant proposals, and funding reports. But last month, BioPhiles made a guest appearance at GotScience.org, with an … Continue reading

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Lupine Invasions

Roadsides, ditches, and railway lines in Norway are awash with colour right now.  The lupines are in bloom, and the dense swathes of purple, pink, and white blossoms stacked into perfect pillars brighten the countryside. I love the vibrant colours, … Continue reading

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Valentine’s Day may have passed, but it is still evidenced by the discounted chocolate and wilting roses in the shop windows, and the childhood rhyme “Roses are red, violets are blue…” that is echoing incessantly in my head. The repeated … Continue reading

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Microscopic Perfumers – Microorganisms Impact Floral Scents

The scent of a flower is a complex chemical cocktail that can include more than fifty different chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are produced in varying amounts by the plant. The combination of different compounds in varying amounts … Continue reading

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Sensual Scents – How Magnolias Turn on the Human Brain

The buds have burst in Oslo, and my daily walking commute takes me under the auspices of pink and white magnolia trees. As soon as I find myself under one of these beauties, my steps invariably slow and I dally … Continue reading

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