June 19, 2008, 12:27 pm
2000 year old seed grows into Palm tree
Imagine you could travel back in time. Now imagine you are in the Jewish fortress "Masada" (see Background) near the Dead Sea. Imagine it is as hot and dry as could be and imagine the date on your mobile says June 0000. Jewish folks with funny clothes are all around you, and you witness how a gardener collects palm tree seeds to store them for bad days to come. Now travel back to June 2008 and imagine someone had found exactly these seeds. Wouldn't it be great to try whether the seed could still grow into a plant, even though it was buried for 2000 years? Scientists have done exactly this and - they grew a Palm Tree!