Surging waves hit against the breakwater in Udono in a port town of Kiho, Mie Prefecture, central Japan, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. A powerful typhoon was bearing down on Japan’s tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast Wednesday, approaching a nuclear power plant crippled in that disaster and prompting calls for the evacuation of more than a million people. (AP Photo/Chunichi Shimbun, Daiji Yanagida) [See more photos]
World’s First Blue Rose
Named “Applause,” the rose is genetically-modified to synthesize delphinidin, a pigment found in most blue flowers. Today Suntory announced the rose will be for sale at select florists in North America, beginning early November. While the flower might appear more silver-purple than sky-blue, Applause is the nearest to a true blue rose yet.
Blue roses have a mythic quality since they, until recently, were impossible to grow.
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