Ariel Hammond

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No Lie: These 7 Indoor Plants for Low-Light Actually Thrive in Darkness

<b>Not everyone has the luxury of living in a space that basks in natural light. When I first visited my East Village apartment, for instance, it was a</b> …

Houseplants

7 Plants You Can Eat If You're Stranded in the Wild

1 of 8<p>Edible Plants<p>On the off chance that you find yourself stranded in the wilderness on your next camping trip or hike, don’t panic — there are …

A Record 68.5 Million People in the World Were Forcibly Displaced by the End of 2017, U.N. Says

Every two seconds, someone in the world was forcibly displaced in 2017, according to a new report by the U.N. Refugee Agency.<p>Due to wars, violence …

The Art Of Being Self-Made: A Conversation With Yemi Alade

With the steady emergence of Nigerian stars like WizKid and Davido crossing over to mainstream success, seeing multiple singles land on the Billboard charts, Afro Beat continues to penetrate pop culture and become a celebrated genre reflecting a global influence shaping the sound of modern …

Home - Life in Mombasa

California’s largest lake is dying, leaving toxic dust behind

As California’s largest lake dries up, it threatens nearby communities with clouds of toxic dust<p>On May 29th, 2009, Michelle Dugan and her family began the 600-mile trip from El Centro, California to the Bay Area, where she was set to attend her college orientation. They left late Friday evening, …

California

Rethink Your Survival Kit: One Expert Explains Why

The founder of Endure Survival shares the essential items he thinks you should carry with you on every wilderness outing.<b>If there’s one thing you</b> …

Five myths about the refugee crisis

The cameras have gone – but the suffering endures. Daniel Trilling deconstructs the beliefs that still shape policy and public opinion<p>The refugee crisis that dominated the news in 2015 and 2016 consisted primarily of a sharp rise in the number of people coming to Europe to claim asylum. Arrivals …

Myths

Infographic: How to create a website that users fall in love with

It takes only seconds for visitors to decide whether your website is worth their time.The internet is teeming with digital destinations where …

The Most Ingenious Lemon Curd Starts with Your Blender

Ridiculously creamy, light-bodied lemon curd that comes from a high-speed blender seems too good to be true, right? Since this custard-like curd is …

Recipes

Bee Saving Paper "works like an energy drink for bees"

Urban development and industrialization hasn’t been great for bees — they have to fly longer distances, which has played a role in their declines, …

I've Been to 26 Countries in Europe—These Are the 5 I Always Recommend

My first trip to Europe was a heady mix of excitement, nerves, and total awe. At 19, I wandered the streets of Le Marais wide-eyed, marveled at the …

Amalfi Coast

snoop takes on the infamous iguana vs snake scene in plizzanet earth 2

The greatest Planet Earth scene of our generation just got even better.<p>As you know, the best moment in <i>Planet Earth 2</i> was the horror movie-esque iguana vs snake chase from the <i>Islands</i> episode. It's literally all we spoke about in November, and hell, some people were still talking about it in February …

Please Appreciate This Magnificent Turn of the Century Seed Catalog Art 

The Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens are currently hosting an exhibition, “Cultivating America’s Gardens,” which traces the cultural …

This 'magic' plant literally moves when you touch it

<b>M</b><b>imosa pudica</b> <b>looks like any other plant — until you touch it. That's when it earns its multiple nicknames (the Sensitive plant, the Sleepy plant, and</b> …

The week in wildlife – in pictures

A Sumatran tiger cub, giant panda and a ‘faceless’ deep-sea fish are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

There's a Plant Themed Amusement Park in France

If you're the type who loves nothing more than digging around in fresh soil, harvesting food and flowers you've grown yourself, and just generally …

Smart Gardener Smartphone Controlled Indoor Watering System (video)

AMaronics and created an innovative smartphone controlled indoor watering system aptly named the Smart Gardener. Watch the promotional video below to …

Gear & Gadgets

What Animals Taught Me About Being Human

Long ago, when I was 9 or 10, I wrote a school essay on what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’ll be an artist, and I’ll keep a pet otter, I announced confidently, before adding, “as long as the otter is happy.” When I got back my exercise book, my teacher had commented, “But how can you tell if an …

Emotional Intelligence

The Self-Medicating Animal

<b>C</b>hausiku was clearly sick. The chimpanzee was in her 30s, a chimp’s prime. She was usually a gentle, doting mother. But one day she built a nest in a tree, climbed in and lay down, letting her infant, a male named Chopin, roam unsupervised. Another female chimp began looking after Chopin while …

The End of Sand

It’s one of our most widely used natural resources, but it’s scarcer than you think.<p>The final event of last year’s beach-volleyball world tour was held in Toronto, in September, in a parking lot at the edge of Lake Ontario. There’s a broad public beach nearby, but few actual beaches meet the …

'Story of Flowers' Tells an Epic Animated Tale of Life and Death

Botanical artist Azuma Makoto directed the short to teach his five-year-old daughter about science.<p>A lush, wordless botanical animation explains the life cycle of exotic flora and its place in the web of life in the three-and-a-half-minute animation, <i>Story of Flowers</i>. Fine art florist Azuma Makoto …

This amazing date tree was grown from a seed preserved since the time of Jesus

Getting fruit from it might be a tad difficult, though<p>In 1963, archaeologists began a dig around King Herod the Great’s palace at the ancient …

Archaeology

10 most exquisite new species for 2017

<b>From brilliant pink lady katydids to devil-faced orchids, this year's list of new-to-science wonders proves Mother Nature is full of surprises.</b><p>Each …

Sustainability

Fixing the Tomato: CRISPR Edits Correct Plant-Breeding Snafu

From their giant fruits to compact plant size, today’s tomatoes have been sculpted by thousands of years of breeding. But mutations linked to prized …

A Book and Nature Lover’s Paradise, Colorado Style

This couple is converting an old cattle ranch into a library<p>Five years ago, when Denver booksellers Jeff Lee and Anne Martin discovered an abandoned …

Flooding Is Already Threatening Humanity's Apocalypse Seed Vault

The seed vault is designed to hold seeds to all the world's crops for hundreds or thousands of years. Unless climate change gets in the way.<p>Buried deep within a mountain in the Arctic Circle is humanity's insurance policy against the apocalypse. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a collection of …

My Micro Mountain

If you’re not into plain old potted plants, there are plenty of alternative ways to exercise your green thumb! One ultra-cool example is this modern …

The Egyptian vultures using red mud as 'make-up' - CBBC Newsround

Manuel de la Riva<p>Bare-faced or bronzed-up: Which look do you prefer?<p>You've probably heard of animals camouflaging themselves, or birds like peacocks showing off their most brightly coloured feathers.<p>But what about wearing make-up, or dyeing their feathers?<p>A species of vulture, which has a yellow …

Fixing the tomato: CRISPR edits correct plant-breeding snafu

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Geneticists harness two mutations — each cherished by breeders, but detrimental when combined — to …

Mutations