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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 …

David Attenborough

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 …

Gardening

This 'magic' plant literally moves when you touch it

The Mimosa pudica is truly fascinating.<p><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</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 …

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 …

Birds

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 …

Insects

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 …

Vincent Van Gogh

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 …

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 …

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 …

Climate Change

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'

<b>You've probably heard of animals camouflaging themselves, or birds like peacocks showing off their most brightly coloured feathers.</b><p>But what about wearing make-up, or dyeing their feathers?<p>A species of vulture, which has a yellow face and white feathers, has been spotted trying to colour themselves …

Birds

Fixing the tomato: CRISPR edits correct plant-breeding snafu

Geneticists harness two mutations — each cherished by breeders, but detrimental when combined — to improve on 10,000 years of tomato …

Land Lines: How to Use Lines in Nature to Draw the Viewer Into Your Landscape Photos

From my perch on a rock outcrop above the Arctic River, I could make out every detail of the valley. The autumn tundra was a mosaic of red, orange, …

Landscape Photography

Coyote Peterson Goes Off In Search of an Elusive Green and Black Poison Dart Frog in Costa Rica

While on location at the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center in Costa Rica, adventure host Coyote Peterson of Brave Wilderness went out in search …

75% of eastern tree species moving west

<b>White oaks, sugar maples, American hollies and other common trees have been shifting their population centers west since 1980.</b><p>The western side of the …

BBC Blogs - Autumnwatch - Old, wrinkly and gnarly – no, we’re talking about trees!

Old, wrinkly and gnarly – no, we’re talking about trees!<p>Chris HickmanWoodland Trust<p>Comments<p>We may not all think of trees as having personalities, but at the Woodland Trust we like to think that every tree becomes as unique as you or I and has a story to tell – they can live for hundreds of years …

Kevin Costner

It’s Hard to Be a Natural History Museum in the 21st Century

As belts tighten, rich collections of plant and animal specimens face relegation, dissolution, or worse.<p>The space where the University of Louisiana …

Biodiversity Counts

Use a well-sharpened pencil.<p>Begin each field session by writing down these basics:<p>site name/location<br>• plot name/number<br>• group name<br>• date<br>• time of …

Australian plants arrive at Cornwall's Eden Project

The soils of the south-western corner of Australia are ancient and unchanging. Where most parts of the world have ­periodically undergone some kind of trauma – earthquakes, volcanoes and the rise and fall of mountains that churn the earth, bring new minerals to the surface and replenish the soils – …

From hometown lizards to invader parrots, a guide to Living Coast Discovery Center's new exhibit

The San Diego alligator lizard is the color of dirt and sand. The green anole lizard looks like a skinny, four-legged lime. One is a low-key native …

11 Things We Learned This Week

05/12/2017 · by carylsue · in Classroom Ideas, Current Event Connection, Main. ·<p>This week, we learned …<p>… <i>Homo naledi</i> looks great for her age … not a day over 350,000 years.<p>Who is Homo naledi?<p>… Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ could spell disaster for a warming planet.<p>What’s going on in Antarctica?<p>… …

Anthropology

Secret Lives of Animals

In Africa, a species of termite builds columns of mud and spit, sometimes up to 18 feet tall. Paper wasps with brains the size of two grains of sand …