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Julia Bradley

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Sunflower fans are seeing double

by Julia Bradley on January 28, 2014

Visitors to the National Gallery are playing spot the difference between two versions of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous ‘Sunflowers’ work.

The two paintings have been brought together for the first time in 65 years at a special exhibition at the gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square.
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St Dwynwen’s Day

by Julia Bradley on January 22, 2014

In Wales, St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated on January 25 to commemorate the patron saint of friendship and love.

Little is known about the occasion in the rest of the UK, so we’re putting that right with this guide to what it’s all about.

History

The story of Dwynwen is not exactly Mills and Boon, but is inspirational nonetheless.
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Ladybird spots spring season surprise

by Julia Bradley on January 21, 2014

It may still be mid-January but sightings of ladybirds and butterflies have prompted wildlife experts to confirm the first signs of spring.

The nature’s calendar project, run by the Woodland Trust to monitor the changing seasons, has seen reports of flowering snowdrops and elders bursting into leaf surge during the mild weather.
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‘Possible to grow crops’ on Mars

by Julia Bradley on January 19, 2014

It is possible to grow various plants including crops on the surface of Mars, researchers have said.

Experts carried out an experiment lasting 50 days with 14 plants species using artificial Martian and lunar soil, provided by US space agency Nasa.

Ecologist Wieger Wamelink, of the Dutch research institute Alterra of Wageningen University, said the findings are a “big surprise”.
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Four million trees to be planted in the UK

by Julia Bradley on January 17, 2014

New woodland is expected to sprout up across England over the next 12 months as ministers pledge to plant four million trees.

The £6 million investment for 2014/15 comes as the Government confirmed it will continue financing the creation of green areas.
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Green areas ‘boost mental well-being’

by Julia Bradley on January 16, 2014

Moving to greener areas can lead to big improvements in a person’s mental health, according to university researchers in a pioneering new study.

The research showed that such a move can instantly improve mental well-being, with the effects lasting for at least three years.

However, those participants who upped sticks to a more built-up environment suffered a decline in mental health.
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Sun-facing lens ‘mimics flowers’

by Julia Bradley on January 15, 2014

Flowers turning to face the sun is a true wonder of nature – and now scientists have developed a lens that mimics the phenomenon.

The flower-like lens self-assembles from liquid crystals made up of tiny, rod-like molecules able to guide the passage of light.

They are sometimes able to act as lenses due to the fact that controlling the direction in which the rods point changes the way they steer light.
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Race on to save rare Cornish plant

by Julia Bradley on January 13, 2014

Conservationists are racing against the clock to save a rare Cornish plant that is failing to thrive in the wild.

There are just 13 Lizard junipers remaining at a site in the Gew Graze Valley on the Lizard Peninsula after it suffered very low rates of regeneration, with detailed surveys in 2010 showing a complete lack of natural regeneration.
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Carnivorous plant inspires protective coatings

by Julia Bradley on January 10, 2014

A plant that devours insects has inspired a new generation of protective coatings that can repel liquids and pollutants.

The pitcher plant, as it is known, boasts a unique funnel-like structure with a near-frictionless surface that allows it to trap its prey.

Its alluring smell of sweet nectar is too attractive for most insects to resist.
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DJ designs Stone Roses-themed gnomes

by Julia Bradley on January 8, 2014

A Scottish DJ who survived cancer surgery has combined his love of music and gardening to create the latest online shopping sensation – The Gnome Roses.

Andrew McDermid, or McD as he’s otherwise known, is the brainchild behind a collection of Stone Roses-themed garden ornaments currently taking the internet by storm.
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