That's an especially valuable perk to have now, as the frequency and intensity of droughts are expected to increase around the world due to climate change. Still, there may be drawbacks to the root grafting, as well. Just as nutrients can be shared swiftly between individuals, perhaps harmful pathogens could just as easily spread from a single infected tree to an entire forest via this underground root network.
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Kauri trees, in particular, are threatened by a disease called kauri dieback , which spreads through a soil-borne pathogen, the researchers wrote. Will community-mindedness be the downfall of the kauris, or will it be their salvation? Time, and further study of forest vampires, will tell. Live Science. In the early s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war. After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized.
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Thirteen years later, they get their chance for revenge. A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I. Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth, and in the process, he falls in love with his guide's daughter.
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman. The biography of Ron Kovic.
Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. An artificial man, who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life. Then one day, a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world.
A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. A man tries to transport an ancient gun called The Mexican, believed to carry a curse, back across the border, while his girlfriend pressures him to give up his criminal ways. Against the backdrop of a gloomy San Francisco, the nearly two-century-old vampire, Louis de Pointe du Lac, recounts the unbelievable story of his eternal transformation and a life worse than death to the sceptic reporter, Daniel Molloy.
Spanning two hundred years of cruel betrayals, extreme solitude, and unquenched thirst, Louis' grimly fascinating tale pivots around his perpetually regrettable decision to embrace the dictatorship of blood, and, above all, his maker: the seductive blonde aristocrat of death, Lestat de Lioncourt.
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Is Louis' mystical epic of bloodshed genuine? Is this, indeed, an interview with a vampire? Written by Nick Riganas. But when I saw the film, I had to admit that he absolutely nailed the role. I had always thought of Cruise as a pretty boy, and not really a serious actor, especially since he failed in his attempt at a Streepian accent in "Far and Away".
However, he perfectly portrayed Lestat for what he is, a monster with a monstrous ego. I think that this was the first film I had seen with Brad Pitt, followed shortly by "Legends of the Fall" so to me his acting credentials were impeccable, in spite of my female friends swooning over him. The rest of the cast was excellent as well, with the only minor quibble that Antonio Banderas was too old for the part of Armand.
Kirsten Dunst was adorably evil. The cinematography was beautiful, considering that almost all of the film of course takes place at night. One note on the supposed "homo-eroticism" in the film. I have the advantage, having read Rice's books, so here is the deal on that. In Rice's world, the vampires are absolutely sexless.
Therefore, gender has no meaning to them. When a vampire loves another, or a mortal, it is truly from the heart, as no sexuality of any kind ever enters into it. The only thing to them that is close, is the kill.
Killing is highly "erotic" to vampires. However, this too is really asexual, and so again, gender has no bearing on the eroticism of the kill. They report that these stories have come from peasants, but they make them sound very plausible. Bites from infected animals could turn a person rabid Credit: Science Photo Library. When calamity struck these rural areas — plague, cattle dying — many would point the finger at an undead spirit preying on the living. Often the first act would be to dig up the last person who had died in the village.
Diseases such as catalepsy, which put people into a catatonic state so deep that their pulse was hard to detect, meant some were buried alive. If they awoke, some were driven so mad with fear and hunger that they would bite themselves — an explanation, perhaps, for some of the corpses found with fresh blood. Most people in these communities kept animals; the villages themselves were usually close to forests and woodlands home to many other animals. Before vaccination was discovered, rabies, now virtually unknown in the European wild, was common.
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Once symptoms — which include aversion to light and water, aggression, biting and delirium — developed, death was inevitable. There is no cure. There is a degree of folk wisdom in the werewolf myth, a warning for people not to connect yourself too much to the natural world. You had to remember your humanity.
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Rural Transylvania was a perfect breeding ground for the vampire myth Credit: Alamy. The isolation of many of these communities, far away from the civilised avenues of Paris and London, may have contributed in other ways. A lack of nutrients would not only have made people more susceptible to disease, but in some cases may have exacerbated the effects of some conditions hidden in their genes. Interestingly, however, there are many cultures around the world — in different continents and at different times — that share the myth of the bloodsucking undead.