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Look at these magical insect-eating sundew plants up close

We often think of plants as relatively harmless things: green, passive, sometimes a nuisance in the garden and sometimes great to eat or use as …

The 11 Most Important Cats Of Science

I can haz scienz?<p>[Special thanks to materials scientist Joe Spalenka for letting us use his photoshopped image of Watson And Crick Plus Chloe The Cat.]

Does echinacea prevent colds?

Echinacea is often advised for warding off the winter sniffles, says Claudia Hammond, but does it actually work?<p>If you find yourself about to go down with a cold this winter, the chances are that at some point a friend will suggest you take echinacea. Some swear by it to ward off a cold when they …

Alternative Medicine

Lifeform of the week: Carnivorous plants

Faced with lousy soil conditions, some plants came up with a novel solution – eating meat.<p>In my introductory biology class we learned about a fairly …

North Carolina

GMO Facts: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

Learn About These GMO Facts<p>Later this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may approve the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, the first genetically modified apples to hit the market. Although it will probably be another two years before the non-browning fruits appears in stores, at least one …

Agriculture

The botanist's guide to the sexiest plants of the world

Plants can be sexy. Raise your eyebrows if you will, but to a plant lover, certain plants possess an undeniable allure. And plant-love can make you do crazy things, like scaling a muddy cliff to snap a photo of an extremely rare tropical flower or travelling to a remote corner of eastern Oregon to …

UC Berkeley

Toxic “Toupee”: Explaining the Most Venomous Caterpillar in the U.S.

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>No warm and fuzzy here—a possible boom in a highly toxic but irresistibly touchable caterpillar is sending people in the eastern U.S. to the hospital.</b><p>Young children from Florida to North Carolina are reporting excruciating pain after coming into contact with the most venomous …

Futuristic Skintight Spacesuits May Shrink-Wrap Astronauts

The spacesuits of the future might be totally alien-looking.<p>Instead of the bulky-looking spacesuits that astronauts wear today, a group of MIT …

Engineering

Environment: News & features

Why leaves change color in fall

The bright colors are wonderful to behold. But do they have some hidden purpose?<p>The vivid yellow and orange colors of fall leaves have actually been …

How to make tea correctly (according to science): milk first

Whether you put milk in your cup before or after the hot water is a constant argument among British people. Science may say milk first, but many would strongly disagree<p>Tea is better than coffee. Let’s just get that out of the way before we start. Many Most ALL British people think this. Even those …

UK and US universities slip in latest rankings

Universities in both the United States and United Kingdom slipped slightly down the tables in the latest <i>Times Higher Education</i> World University …

Use A 3-D Printer To Turn Your Smartphone Into A 1000X Microscope

Simple and powerful<p>The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has released printable files that will help turn your smartphone into a microscope of up to 1000X magnification. If you have access to an 3-D printer--which you may through your local library or community center--this is something you …

Sexless Hook-Up

EDITOR'S CHOICE IN GENETICS & GENOMICS<p><b>The paper</b><br>I. Fuentes et al., “Horizontal genome transfer as an asexual path to the formation of new species,”</i> …

Biology

Meet the animal that refuses to die

A new video from NPR reporters Robert Krulwich and Adam Cole profiles the seemingly immortal Hydra<p>Everything dies, right? Wrong, actually. According to NPR reporters Robert Krulwich and Adam Cole, an organism called the hydra has achieved biological immortality in a lab setting.<p>The extremely …

Beyond GMOs: The Rise of Synthetic Biology

Genetically modified organisms today usually have just one engineered gene. Scientists now want to create organisms with whole new gene clusters.<p>Thousands of researchers will descend on Boston this fall for an event billed as the world’s largest gathering of synthetic biologists. The field is …

Mind-altering plants and fungi from peyote to coffee at Kew Gardens – in pictures

From the ancient Aztecs to Woodstock hippies, mind-altering plants have been used by different cultures for thousands of years, for everything from shamanic rituals to staying awake. A new exhibition at London’s Kew Gardens looks at some of the most popular. It runs until 12 October 2014

Sub-$1 3D-printed microscope turns phones into science tools

Your next great scientific discovery is a 3D printer and less than $1 worth of materials away when you print your own smartphone microscope.<p>Smartphone cameras are great for a lot of things, but they're not designed for getting super-duper up close with tiny objects like salt crystals or blood …

Microscopes

Making plant taxonomy freely accessible

This lovely video describes important work of Kew Botanical Gardens to publicly share taxonomic information about the monocots online and in one place for the first time.<p>Ever since the first human ancestors realised that some plants were safe to eat whilst others were not, and some plants promoted …

New to nature No 133: Aulacoseira coroniformis

This single-celled alga known as a diatom helps tell the tale of a Florida ecosystem's evolution<p>Diatoms – single-celled algae – are abundant in both fresh and salt waters and are among the most common types of phytoplankton. By some estimates diatoms are responsible for one-fifth of the …

Can a plant on your desk boost productivity? - Futurity

Offices with plants make employees happier and more productive than those without greenery, a new study shows.

Research

A $1 Microscope Folds From Paper With A Drop Of Glue

We have pocket watches, pocket cameras and now — with smartphones — pocket computers.<p>So why shouldn't doctors and scientists around the world have pocket microscopes?<p>Bioengineer Manu Prakash and his team at Stanford University have designed a light microscope that not only fits in your pocket but …

As California Warms, Greener Mountains Will Mean Less Water for People

Trees growing higher on the slopes will soak up water before it can run into rivers, study says.<p>Scientists have more bad news for drought-stricken California: The climate warming expected in this century is likely to result in even less water flow from the mountains, as trees and plants growing …

Mysterious moons and alien life: the 42 best space movies ever made

Science Fiction

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

Peaches

One lichen is actually 126 species and counting

A kind of lichen that biologists thought they knew well has turned out to consist of at least 126 distinct species — and maybe more than 400 — lumped …

George Mason

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …