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April 20, 2015


Dwarf crested iris, a flower you may recognize from the talking flowers of Alice in Wonderland

A Fairy Tale Forest: Part II

Catch these spring ephemerals before they take a summer retreat!

September 23, 2014


Kid with gaping smile and missing front tooth

Why Are We Born With Baby Teeth?

Infant jaws are too small to accommodate adult-sized teeth, so smaller teeth are necessary until the jaw grows to its mature size.

May 23, 2013


Knapweed in country landscape

Invasion Of The Knapweed

Foreign, invasive plants take over the new neighborhood, often choking out native plants. What's with these bullies? Are they just tougher than everyone else?

July 30, 2012


exposed tree roots on a river edge

How Roots Know to Grow Down

Many plants roots grow deep down into the soil, but how does the plant know which way is down?

April 30, 2012



The World’s Biggest Spittoon

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

April 18, 2011


nodules on plant stem

Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria Perform Valuable Service

The bacteria take nitrogen out of the air and make it available to other living organisms in an amazing process.

September 30, 2009


Close up of brighg, yellow dandelion.

A Dandelion Is Born

While annoying to most adults, dandelions are loved by children. But what makes these "flowers" so widespread?

July 31, 2009


Conifer forest

Tree Roots And Their Fungi Friends

It may come as a shock to you, but trees and other plants are commonly infected by what's known as "mycorrhizal fungi".

June 5, 2008


Rooted Potatoes and other vegatables

Rooted Potatoes

It's not unusual for us to be struck by the amazing ways in which life on earth has adapted to its environment. Rooted potatoes are an example of this.

May 24, 2004


Watering the Vegetables

Ever been inadvertently sprayed with water as you reached into the vegetable bin at the grocery store? What's the point of spraying fruits and vegetables?

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