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Olivia Newton-John establishes Olivia Newton-John Foundation

Dame Olivia Newton-John announced that her Olivia Newton-John Foundation (ONJ Foundation) is funding research for cancer with a focus in plant medicine. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Australian stinging trees contain 'scorpion-like venom': scientists

Brisbane - Australia is notorious for its venomous spiders, snakes and sea creatures, but researchers have now identified "scorpion-like" toxins secreted by a tree that can cause excruciating pain for weeks.

'Shocking' die-off of Africa's oldest baobabs: study

Paris - Some of Africa's oldest and biggest baobab trees -- a few dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks -- have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, researchers said Monday.

Mediterranean fears bitter future for citrus crops

Paris - Could we soon be forced to do without a glass of orange juice or a slice of grapefruit at breakfast? The answer is unfortunately yes.

Which came first: the people or the sweet potatoes?

Tampa - The bulbous, colorful sweet potato has long been seen as an artifact of mankind's first ocean voyages, ferried from its home in South America all the way to Polynesia centuries ago.

Invasive beetle pushing US ash trees to extinction: conservationists

Geneva - An invasive beetle has driven North America's most widespread ash tree towards extinction, conservationists said Thursday, also warning of dramatic declines among several African antelope species.

Italy goes bananas over tropical trees next to Milan Duomo

Rome - The sudden appearance of a cluster of palm trees next to Milan's famous cathedral has sparked a row over the use of non-native plants beside an iconic Italian landmark.

Georgian billionaire ex-PM stirs ire for shifting tree by ship

Tbili - Georgia's eccentric billionaire, former premier Bidzina Ivanishvili, has come under fire from environmentalists for uprooting a rare giant tree and transporting it by boat to his private park.

Cancer drug moved from rare plant to lab yeast

Researchers have manufactured a common cancer drug from a yeast in the lab. Previously the important drug could only be obtained from a rare and endangered plant in the wild.

Japan shows off the world's largest flower

Only in Japan: what is claimed to the world's largest flower has been announced and the display of the flower from the plant Titan arum has led to huge queues, with people flocking to look at the immense reproductive structure.

Five people injured in chlorine leak at Apple data centre

A reported leak of chlorine gas at Apple's data centre in North Carolina has injured five people and led to evacuation by hazardous materials specialists. The cause of the incident is unknown and the workers were taken to hospital.

China's wind farms produce more energy than all U.S. nuclear plants

China now has enough wind farms to produce more energy renewably than all that is made by America's nuclear plants as the growing nation expands its power generation to fuel its new mega-cities.

Plant grown treatment for pulmonary hypertension

People suffering with pulmonary hypertension have few treatment options. However, a novel therapy, that has been trialled in animals, has the potential to be an effective therapy.

Study: Plants react defensively to being eaten

Missouri City - Following various studies, a report has been published by the University of Missouri-Colombia (MU) speculating that plant growth and reaction is influenced by sound, wind and touch.

Kosovo power plant blast kills three

At least three people were killed and many more were injured in a suspected gas explosion at a major power plant outside the Kosovo capital Pristina on Friday.

Kosovo power plant blast kills three

At least three people were killed and many more were injured in a suspected gas explosion at a major power plant outside the Kosovo capital Pristina on Friday.

Sea anemone is officially ‘half animal and half plant’

Biologists have discovered that sea anemones display an interesting and surprising genetic mix, with a complexity similar to that of fruit flies, and genes similar to those found in both plants and animals.

India's Maruti offers vote to quell revolt

New Delhi - India's top carmaker Maruti Suzuki said Saturday it would seek minority shareholder approval for a controversial plan to source cars from a plant to be built by its Japanese parent that spurred an investor revolt.Japan's Suzuki Motor Co which owns some...

France passes law punishing hasty plant closures

Paris - The French parliament on Monday definitively passed a law slapping tough penalties on firms who shut down without looking for a buyer in three months' time.The so-called "Florange law" is named after a steelworks in northern France where Socialist Pres...

Indian authorities vow to demolish Coke plant

- Authorities in northern India said Friday they would demolish an "illegal" Coca-Cola bottling plant at the centre of protests over accusations it is extracting too much groundwater.

Why do seedling grow towards the light?

Botanists have discovered how cells in the stems of seedlings use blue light to grow towards the light. The discovery was made by examining seedling stems and a blue light used fitted to a microscope.

Heinz closes Leamington plant, 749 Canadians to lose jobs

Leamington - Around 740 Canadians will lose their jobs when Heinz closes its plant June 2014 in Leamington, Ontario. On Thursday, the company announced the future closing next June. The company made the announcement to its employees in the company cafeteria.

Op-Ed: Fertilizer plant in West, Texas explodes, injuring hundreds

Texas City - West, in Texas is evacuated after explosion hits fertilizer plant, killing at least five people and injuring approximately 200, including some children

Police use water cannons on protesters in Namur, Belgium

Namur - Following an announcement by ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, that they will be permanently shutting down a plant and six finishing lines in the Liege region, workers took to the streets in protest.

Chinese 'Thunder God Plant' may be able to crush cancer

Scientists believe that a plant called 'Thunder God Vine', which has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, may offer a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Boeing evacuates 500 over bomb threat on 9/11 anniversary

Ridley Park - Boeing has evacuated around 500 employees from its Pennsylvania plant after a bomb threat on Tuesday morning. The warning note was left in a bathroom.

China shuts down Coca-Cola plant

Regulators in China have decided to shut down a beverage plant that is owned by Coca-Cola because they found chlorine in a batch of drinks back in February.

Plant from the Pleistocene age revived after 30,000 years

Scientists have regenerated a flowering plant from the Pleistocene Age (30,000 years ago) – a time before the end of the last Ice Age, before any form of agriculture and before humans had even invented writing.

Large, toxic weed spreading across Canada

A toxic plant is spreading steadily across Canada. Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), which can cause long-lasting skin damage, is now found in many parts of North America, and is cropping up in Nova Scotia particularly.

LG Display to set up new LCD panel plant in China

The world's second largest LCD panel producer LG Display said it's going to build the most advanced display panel plant in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, to produce the trendy thin film transistor (TFT) LCD.
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