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Freaky Carnivorous Flower Has Super-Efficient Genome

Plant genetics are so weird.<p>The humped bladderwort is a flower that's as strange as its name. It grows in mats in shallow water, it doesn't have true roots, and it bears small, inflated, hair-triggered bladders that it keeps underwater. Any time a tiny swimming animal brushes past one of these …

Even Stephen Hawking makes mistakes – he's wrong about the Israel boycott

I followed the news of Professor Stephen Hawking's decision to decline an invitation as an honored speaker at the conference hosted by Israeli …

'The World at Night' can be brightly beautiful – but there's a dark side, too

Are the images featured in The World at Night's annual "Earth and Sky" photography contest meant to celebrate the wonders of the night sky, or draw attention to the worries about the night sky? They're meant to do both, says astrophotographer Babak Tafreshi.<p>For example, consider "Stars Over …

Chris Hadfield's photographs of Earth from space – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2013/may/13/chris-hadfield-space-in-pictures<p>720<p>During his five months in space onboard the International …

Four colossal Sun flares in 48 hours

<b>The Sun has unleashed four colossal bursts of radiation in 48 hours.</b><p>On Tuesday, it released the biggest solar flare of 2013 so far, an intense burst associated with a huge eruption of particles.<p>When these eruptions reach Earth, they can interfere with satellites and communications systems on the …

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