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October 4, 2013

 

A used paper towel roll

How Do Paper Towels Absorb Water?

You've seen TV ads lauding the slurping powers of paper towels; while we won't make any exorbitant claims about them, we're going to discuss how they work.

October 1, 2013

 

A statue of Paul Revere under a canopy of green trees

The British Are Coming! A Story About Plant-Pathogen Relationships

We in the Animal Kingdom aren't the only ones who can sound an alarm when enemies attack. In their own way, plant proteins do it too.

July 31, 2013

 

Close-up of white bush honeysuckle blossom

How Invasive Plants Can Bully Natives Underground

Researchers at Indiana University Bloomington dig a little deeper into how non-native plant species take over ecosystems.

March 29, 2013

 

plant close up

Word Of The Day: Gametophyte

Time once again for the Moment of Science Word of the Day. Ready? Today's word is: Gametophyte.

August 22, 2012

 

a lily on the water at night

The Nightlife Of Plants

A plant's nightlife may not include dining and dancing, but it does play an important role in its flowering season.

August 6, 2012

 

phototrophism

The Truth About Phototropism

What is positive phototropism and why does it matter?

May 17, 2012

 

meadow grass

Plant Self-defense

What keeps seemingly defenseless grass from hungry grazers?

April 30, 2012

 

spittlebug

The World’s Biggest Spittoon

In the spring, the eastern half of North America turns into one big spittoon for spittlebugs.

April 19, 2012

 

shelf fungus growing on a tree

Friendly Fungus Amongus

What do you think, is shelf fungus the tree's friend or foe?

February 21, 2012

 

moose in water

Did You Know That Moose Can Have Arthritis?

Researchers have been studying moose for years and one thing they've found is while arthritis in moose is genetic, it's also triggered by the environment.

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