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Posts tagged plants

January 3, 2012

 

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Lightning Helps Fertilize The Soil

In addition to providing a spectacular light show, and scaring us to death, lightning also helps fertilize the soil.

December 1, 2011

 

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Landing Strips For Bees

Flowers broadcast their hidden treasure with bright colors, sweet scents and beautiful markings. However, flowers' markings are more than cosmetic...

May 26, 2011

 

Man holding tissue to his nose

How Plant Communication And Your Allergies Are Related

Why does pollen from plants make your nose run? The answer involves protein and communication.

April 5, 2011

 

ant crawling on fern plant

The Mystery Of The Fern’s Nectar

For a plant, nectar is something like a political campaign contribution. "The Mystery of the Fern's Nectar" on this Moment of Science.

March 21, 2011

 

leaves competing for sunlight

Green Plants Can Sense Future Competition For Sun

Scientists have found evidence that plants can sense the presence of neighbors that might cast shadows on them at some future time.

January 19, 2011

 

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How Hawthorns Helped Create An Ecological Balance

History can explain why plants and animals look the way they do today.

December 1, 2010

 

Bugleweed plant with purple flowers

Plants Are Great At Defending Themselves Against Natural Enemies

Plants are using wonderful and intriguing ways to defend themselves against predators.

November 9, 2010

 

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How To Grow Your Own Catnip

Catnip is a great treat for your favorite cat. The best news is that catnip is easy to grow!

October 13, 2010

 

tattoo on man's flexed upper arm

Healing Power Of Ancient Tattoos

Ancient tattoos may have had more than just a decorative function.

March 9, 2010

 

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Attract And Repel: How Fruit Uses Ripeness To Germinate

Why would some plants want their fruit to be eaten?

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