14 December 2011

Things I would rather not have known, part 36

Is there no place left for romanticism?  Must we be always thirled to joyless pragmatism?  The Independent reports:

Scientists have discovered why buttercups glow yellow under people's chins – and it has nothing to do with liking butter.
Physicists and plant scientists at Cambridge University discovered that the buttercup's appearance is the result of the interplay between its different layers. The strong yellow reflection is mainly due to the epidermal layer of the petal that reflects yellow light.

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