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October 13, 2017

 

peonies

Osmosis And Bouquets

Why do we put cut flowers in water? Does it really help?

May 23, 2017

 

A close-up shot of a succulent plant from overhead. It fills the entire screen. Its leaves are a light green in the center and the beginning, but on the outside edges, the majority of the leaves are a dusky purple.

Is Your Succulent Watching You?

Some scientists have theorized that plants can see.

May 9, 2017

 

On the left side of the screen is black. The majority of the image is of a purple foil planet. It reflects light.

The Purple Planet

A microbial geneticist at the University of Maryland has proposed that early life may have tinged the Earth purple.

April 20, 2017

 

A close up shot. In the middle of the image is a single tree branch with deep pink buds. In the background, slightly out of focus are light pink flowers and a blue sky.

Behind The Blossoms

What happens behind the scenes to make those first buds of spring appear?

March 30, 2017

 

A monarch caterpillar (yellow, white, and black striped) is perched upside down on a bright green leaf.

Plants Arming Themselves

Plants do several defensive things when confronted by insects and animals.

March 10, 2017

 

a Philodendron plant in a yellow pot on a white table. Behind it is a bowl of fruit, a canister, and what appears to be a box of chocolate.

Growing Plants Indoors

An easy way to have a green thumb is by finding a plant that will thrive in your home or office.

February 28, 2017

 

a close-up image of the design on a roll of paper towel. Circles made of smaller circles made of dots. The paper towel is white.

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 19, 2016

 

On the left side of the screen, a large spider plant. The camera angle is as if someone is looking directly down at the long, green leaves. Next to it is a jar with a much smaller version of the plant growing.

Plants in Motion

Is your houseplant moving or is that just an optical illusion?

July 9, 2015

 

drummond's rockcress

Adapting to Climate Change

Drummond's rockcress can alter its physical traits between generations, making it very adaptable to sudden environmental changes.

July 1, 2015

 

orchid

Fake Date

Courting, for these orchids, is a game of smoke and mirrors.

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