While everyone’s understanding of life outside Earth varies nine out of every ten people will admit to believing in some other life force outside of our planet.
For many people this belief tends to stem from science fiction but for others this belief in alien life forms comes from a desperate hope that humans cannot possibly be the most intelligent life form in the universe.
Stone fruit salad trees grow peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and peachcots.
This success led him to conclude, erroneously, that Animal Magnetism exists; we now know, however, that the various non-specific placebo factors that are present in healing situations may have been the effective ingredients in his treatment successes.
But making a tree that fruits oranges, limes, and lemons all at the same time—now that’s a work of art.
At Scientific American’s Brainwaves blog, Ferris Jabr explains how such fruit salad trees, also called fruit cocktail trees, work, and points readers in the direction of a purveyor of such wonders: In Australia, James and Kerry West grow and sell four types of fruit salad trees, each of which bears several different kinds of fruit.
How do you get a tree that produces six or seven different fruits? The process of getting a cutting of one plant to grow on the base of another, grafting is usually used in much more mundane contexts: it’s what lets farmers grow clones of an orange tree, say, with particularly succulent fruit, for decades after the original tree dies.
The vast majority of the fruit we eat comes from such clones, since letting the tree mix its genes with another might produce a totally different fruit, much less marketable than the original.