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Plants can’t run from stress, but they can adapt

Scientists have discovered a key molecular cog in a plant’s biological clock. In response to temperature, it controls the speed of circadian, or …

Biology

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

Invasive plant beats ‘weapons’ but not goats

Field tests support the use of herbivores, not herbicides, to rout out an invasive plant threatening East Coast salt marshes.<p><i>Phragmites australis</i>, or …

Ecology

Out of thin air: is this the world's newest type of cloud?

One of the Cloud Appreciation Society website’s most popular features is an expansive photo gallery where anyone can submit, say, an altocumulus floccus gracing the sky over Cabbagehall, Fife, Scotland, a wispy cirrus formation over Nova Scotia, Canada, or a menacing thunderstorm over Maryville, …

Unseen Photo Fair 2014: Obscuring The Human Form

Now in its third year, Amsterdam's Unseen Photo Fair is a veritable artistic force. Housed in a former gasworks, the impressive selection shows that while the world may be drowning in images, when expertly curated, it's still an enlightening medium that can teach, surprise and spark intense …