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  • Stanford Bioengineer Christina Smolke has been on a decade-long quest to genetically alter yeast so they can "brew" opioid medicines in stainless steel vats, eliminating the need to raise poppies.
    Chemists develop process that may end illegal opiates
    Opium and drugs derived from poppies that produce opium has been both a benefactor and a scourge to mankind for thousands of years. A team of researchers from Stanford University led by Associate Professor of Bioengineering Christina Smolke have...
  • World's oldest cat dies
    World's oldest cat, Poppy, dies at age 24
    The world's oldest living cat, 24-year old Poppy, has died after battling illness for several weeks. An article posted in the Daily Mail on June 10, 2014 said that she died after developing problems with her back legs, along with a urinary...
  • Poppy: World’s oldest living cat is 24 (114 human years), blind, deaf, and bossy
    World’s oldest living cat: Poppy is 24 (114 human years), blind, deaf, and bossy
    Poppy was crowned by Guinness World Records to be the oldest living cat in the world. At age 24, which is 114 human years, Poppy is blind and deaf, but according to her owner, the old feline lady is still feisty and the boss. As reported by...
  • Eschschulzia californica
    Eschscholzia californica the California poppy
    Sacramento organic gardening would not be complete without at least one clump of California poppy. Eschscholzia californica is a brilliant spot of orange and sometimes orange/yellow that can brings organic gardening a lot of joy and beauty....
  • oriental poppy
    Are poppies legal to grow in the garden?
    Do you have illegal poppies in your garden? If you have been going through garden catalogs lately you may have noticed the many poppy varieties being offered, both as seeds and plants. Some of them are quite gorgeous and you may be considering...
  • Anna Paquin and Steven Moyer name twins at 'True Blood' Premiere
    Anna Paquin and Steven Moyer name twins at 'True Blood' Premiere
    Anna Paquin and Steven Moyer mentioned their twins by name at the "True Blood" Premiere. Their son is named Charlie and their daughter is Poppy. According to People on June 12, 2013, Moyer told the names in a "True Blood"...
  • Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
    'True Blood' couple Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin leak twins' names
    HBO "True Blood" vampire actor Stephen Moyer, 43, accidentally dropped the names of his 9-month-old twins he has with "True Blood" co-star Anna Paquin, 30, on Tuesday, after a 9-month long attempt to keep it secret.The leak...
  • Poppy
    How poppies came to symbolize Memorial Day
    This Memorial Day weekend in Denver, and elsewhere across the United States of America, veterans will sell little red poppies. The artificial poppies are modeled after Papaver rhoeas, the red-flowered corn poppy.Due to the blood red color of the...
  • Wildflower botanical/horticultural show
    Wild about wildflowers
    Mission College in Northern California recently hosted a wildflower show, drawing scores of conservation enthusiasts and nature lovers to the botanical and horticultural event. The show highlighted the plant biodiversity of Santa Clara, San Mateo...
  • 11th Annual InStyle Summer Soiree - Arrivals
    Poppy Montgomery Gives Birth to a Baby Girl
    People.com and OMG have reported that actress Poppy Montgomery and her boyfriend, Microsoft executive Shawn Sanford, are the proud new parents of a beautiful baby daughter. The couple welcomed Violet Grace Devereux Sanford into the world on the...
  • Afghan Army soldiers
    Afghan forces capture a Taliban leader in Kandahar
    The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) gave a joint operational command briefing today. There officials confirmed the arrest of a Taliban leader and detainment of two suspected insurgents during an Afghan ledcombat operation in...
  • US soldier wades "head deep" in poppy field in Afghanistan.
    Opium production done in front of the eyes of foreign troops in Afghanistan
    Iranian officials today lambasted NATO leadership in Afghanistan for allowing an increase in drug cultivation, production and trafficking in Afghanistan, saying “almost all the world opium production is done in front of the eyes of the...
  • US troops in Helmand.
    ISAF forces capture Taliban leader in Helmand, detain two suspected insurgents
    The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced today that it arrested a Taliban insurgent leader in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helman province, Afghanistan.“An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in Nahr...
  • US forces in Afghanistan.
    ISAF captures Taliban direct action cell leader in Helmand
    The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) issued its Joint Command morning operational update, November 24, 2012.It read as follows:“An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban direct action cell leader and detained a...
  • Perennials for Spokane gardens: Oriental poppies
    Perennials for Spokane gardens: Oriental poppies
    Oriental poppies (Papaver orientalis) are some of the most brilliant flowers in the perennial garden. The mass of thistly looking foliage can be 3’ across, with the 6” wide flowers being held up on 3’ stems. The original color, a...