Today, as climate change accelerates at an unprecedented rate, phenology is more important than ever. That’s why the National Ecological Observatory Network launched Project BudBurst in 2007. According to their website, “We are a network of people across the United States who monitor plants as the seasons change by timing the leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants.” Thousands of folks from all 50 states school groups, backyard naturalists, gardeners, seniors in retirement communities, scout groups, college professors and their students, hikers, botanists and ecologists, and visitors to botanic gardens, national parks and wildlife refuges are producing data that scientists can use “to learn more about the responsiveness of individual plant species to changes in climate locally, regionally, and nationally.”.
In other European places in the 17th century, art was a luxurious product not quite accessible to the ordinary citizens. Paintings were made for the church, nobility and royal courts. However, in the Dutch Republic, the political and economic power was not with the nobility or clergy, but with the elites of the bourgeoisie: merchants, politicians, scientists.
The FDA has approved GW Pharmaceuticals drug, Epidiolex, for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy. This is the first pharmaceutical grade version of cannabidiol approved as a treatment for a serious and life threatening disease.The approval dovetails with a concerted effort by university and pharmaceutical researchers to test CBD effectiveness against a variety of diseases and disorders. The combination of the FDA approval of Epidiolex, with the ongoing scientific and clinical research on CBD, bodes well for other pharmacological targets for the cannabis derived compound.With analysts estimating that Epidiolex could be a US$1 billion drug for GW Pharmaceuticals, the market is beginning to give this sector of pharmaceutical research a closer look.What investors are finding is four publicly traded companies, including GW Pharmaceuticals, that offer exposure to pharma grade CBD products.
So what I want to know is: it a good thing to meet someone you’re a huge fan of? I knew a Bob Dylan fan (although worshipper may be a more appropriate term) who said he loved him but could never meet him as he’d inevitably never live up to the diety like figure he’d imagined. And another friend worships the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld but says she’d be far too terrified to meet him. I was eating lunch and I swear I couldn’t breathe for 2 whole minutes.