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Scientists discover new type of photosynthesis in breakthrough study

A new study out of Imperial College London describes the discovery of a new type of photosynthesis, one the institute says “changes our understanding …

Near-Infrared

Major plant breakthrough to help 1.2 billon people

By altering a single gene, scientists coaxed tobacco plants — a model crop often used in experiments — to grow to near normal size with only 75 per …

University of Illinois

4 advanced snow and ice driving tips from a pro racer

Two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom goes faster and harder in snow and ice than most mortals can on tarmac. Here's how he does it.<p>I can't believe the traction. Mattias Ekstrom, two-time DTM champion, gives a quick shake to the wheel, but our course doesn't change until his foot feathers the …

Traversing Bolivia

Bolivia is a country<p>of approximately 10.5 million people; its 424,164 square miles make it the 28th largest in the world. Those square miles are also …

Toyota Land Cruiser 3.0 D-4D Icon (2015) review

<b>► Toyota’s toughest pepped up for 2015</b><b><br>► Enormous, practical, old-school 4x4</b><b><br>► Read on for our full Land Cruiser review</b><p>With the impending demise of the …

Luxury SUV

Well Kept Workhorse: 1976 Mercedes Benz Unimog U406

This 1976 Mercedes Benz U406 Unimog has been with the seller for eight years during which time they’ve used it to clear scrub and an estimated 600 …

Mercedes-Benz

The New Jeep Wrangler Sunriser Concept is Diesel-Powered and Very Orange

AWD and diesel goodness.<p>Long a foundation of Jeep and Mopar's domestic promotional efforts, only recently have Wrangler-based concepts begun making regular appearances at overseas auto shows. We noticed an uptick in activity starting last year, when Jeep took a quartet of concepts to Beijing, …

What it's Like to Drive a Toyota 4Runner Tonka Truck

It may be a giant ad with wheels, but Tonka's Toyota 4Runner is a lot of fun.<p>We love Tonka (who doesn't?) and its new 4Runner is pretty damn great. Even better, they let us drive it!<p>In person as in photos, the mods are a little over the top—which seems entirely appropriate for Tonka. The 4Runner's …

The Toyota FJ40 Is a Rugged Companion

Toyota

Toyota Tonka 4Runner Concept

Tonka trucks are known for their toughness. Now there's one that's man-sized. Aside from the brand-heavy paint job, the first thing you notice about …

Trucks

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review: Old-School Off-Road Goodness, Done Right

It's the least progressive vehicle Toyota makes—and one of the best.<p>Kyle CheromchaView Kyle Cheromcha's …

5 Classic Off-Roaders More Affordable Than the New Range Rover

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> We love scouring the internet for reasons to spend money we don’t have on cars we daydream about owning, and these are our picks this …

Land Rover Range Rover

WRC Rally Mexico: Sebastien Ogier leads amid SS14 drama

Punctures for both Sebastien Loeb and Dani Sordo during a a chaotic Guanajuatito stage handed Sebastien Ogier the lead of Rally Mexico.<p>Rally leader …

So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Far, far, far away is a great place to be — if you want to stay marvelous. There is a plant, called <i>Welwitschia mirabilis</i> (mirabilis being Latin for marvelous), found only one place on Earth. You can get there, as artist/photographer Rachel Sussman did, by driving through the vast emptiness of the …

Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics

I grew up in a time before GPS. I learned how to use a compass in Cub Scouts and learned how to navigate with one as I grew older. I think I got my …

Plant-genome hackers seek better ways to produce customized crops

As gene editing opens doors, plant researchers are hamstrung by the need for better ways to slip their molecular tools into cells.<p>When crop engineers …

Scientists reconstruct largest ever family tree of major flowering plant group

Scientists have developed the largest ever family tree of a major group of flowering plants called monocots, which could help protect their diversity.<p>…

9 Rare Flowers That Only Grow in One Place

<b>by Kirsten Howard</b><p>There are an estimated 400,000 types of flowering plant species in the world, and new species are discovered every day. But some …

National Parks

Where the old things are: Australia's most ancient trees

They say that trees live for thousands of years. Like many things that “they” say, there is a germ of truth in the saying (even though it is mostly …

What's Behind Japan's Moss Obsession?

It's the latest craze in a country known for its eccentric tastes and quirky obsessions. The Japanese have gone gaga for…moss?<p>In 2011, Hisako Fujii …

Japan

Dead plants’ evolutionary secrets might save the planet, or at least take its pulse

A few weeks ago, visiting a rare book library, I came across a volume of pressed plants and was particularly struck by a specimen of primrose. It was mounted by a German botanist in the 1590s.<p>Later I visited the office of Laurence J. Dorr, who heads the Department of Botany at the National Museum …

Wet weather lets bacteria build watery home in plants - Futurity

Too much rain, coupled with prolonged high levels of humidity, can result in more plant disease, according to a new study.

Lichens: Astonishing microcosmos

Lichens are the curious result of cohabitation between algae and fungi. Biologist Frank Bungartz tells DW about his passion for lichens - and why …

Dormant Orchids Need Fungi to Rise Again

If you are a plant, when life aboveground turns harsh, you have few options. Some orchids respond by going dormant, spending years to decades …

Botany

Plant Intelligence: New Research Shows Plants Are Just as Smart as Humans

Plant Consciousness: The Fascinating Evidence Showing Plants Have Human Level Intelligence, Feelings, Pain and More<p>BY STEHPEN HARROD BUHNER<p><i><br>mountains</i> …

Pesticide alternative helps plants protect themselves from disease

Though it's not as widely publicized as the effects of climate change, crop diseases are one of the biggest threats to food security. According to …

How a plant resists drought

Climate change will bring worsening droughts that threaten crops. One potential way to protect crops is by spraying them with a compound that induces …

A phenol-enriched cuticle is ancestral to lignin evolution in land plants

Altmetric: 160<p>Citations: 6<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Hugues Renault ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-0871-9912<br>• , Annette Alber<br>• , Nelly A. Horst<br>• , Alexandra …

Photos: Top 20 new species of animals and plants of 2016

Many of these new species are already on the brink of extinction, threatened by poaching, illegal wildlife trade, habitat destruction and …