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Rogue Botanist Wants to Fill the UK With Meat-Eating Plants

Did you know we have carnivorous plants right here in the UK? Well we do, although they're dying out because of us, so maybe soon we won't have them any more. That's why some random botanist fellow is stepping up to the crease, as wants to repopulate our battered environments with his beloved but threatened insect-trapping flora. Read More >>

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Lewis Hamilton Backs New Plant-Based Burger Chain

New fast food chain Neat Burger is launching in London at the start of September, and already has one world-level superfan onboard; Lewis Hamilton. The F1 star is "collaborating" with the group behind the chain, which we assume means shoving in a few of his racing millions to help fund its launch and expansion and posing with the odd burger for the press. Read More >>

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Plants Are Definitely Not Conscious, Researchers Argue

The remarkable ability of plants to respond to their environment has led some scientists to believe it’s a sign of conscious awareness. A new opinion paper argues against this position, saying plants “neither possess nor require consciousness.” Read More >>

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Local Councils Are Planting Wildflowers on Roadsides as Part of a Campaign to Restore the Countryside

If you've been noticing roundabout and roadside patches of grass looking prettier than usual, you're not the only one. It's part of a nationwide effort to restore the UK's dwindling wildflower meadows. Read More >>

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Medicinal Plants Used During the US Civil War Are Surprisingly Good at Fighting Bacteria

With conventional medicines in short supply during the US Civil War, the Confederacy turned to plant-based alternatives in desperation. New research suggests some of these remedies were actually quite good at fighting off infections—a finding that could lead to effective new drugs. Read More >>

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These Award-Winning Botanical Photos Belong in Alice in Wonderland 

Some photographers like to capture people; others like to capture the stories of the botanical world, from our backyards to our gardens and wildlands. That’s the premise behind the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew’s International Garden Photographer of the Year Award, whose winners were announced Friday. Read More >>

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Potatoes Have a Form of ‘Depression,’ but Scientists Have an Idea to Cure Them

Scientists are trying to revolutionise potatoes and, in the process, cure the tubers’ depression, the result of generations of inbreeding. Read More >>

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Cyborg Houseplant Can Drive Itself Toward the Light It Craves

During the impending robopocalypse, humanity will have to ward off freakishly agile androids, robotic dogs, whatever the hell this is, and, as new research from MIT suggests, quasi-autonomous, mobile robot-plant hybrids. Read More >>

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What’s the Smartest Plant?

Compared to even the dumbest human being, your average tulip is a moron. But you’d have to be dumber than a tulip to deny that something – maybe not intelligence in its dictionary definition, but some guiding, autonomic power – is at work among the members of the plant kingdom. And if we grant plants this quasi-intelligence, then we have to concede that some of them must be smarter than others – cannier absorbers of bugs and sun, better users of their varied environments. Inevitably, then, the question is: which one’s smartest? Read More >>

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Scientists Stabbed Cactus Spines Into Meat to Study Evolution

One benefit of working at a university with an agricultural school is the availability of meat. That’s especially useful if you need something to stab cactus spines into. Read More >>

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Watch the Awesome Way in Which Plants Defend Themselves Against Threats

We tend to think of plants as helpless, passive green blobs, but a fascinating new study, in which scientists used fluorescent light to visualise alarm signals within plants, shows how our photosynthesising friends are able to mobilise their defences. Read More >>

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Drama Over Shirtless Selfie in Houseplant Hobby Group Inspires Wave of Plant Nude Trolling

Since the dawn of time, human beings have been covering their naughty bits with flora—or at least that’s what the classicist motif of putting fig leaves over nudity would have you believe. This age-old practice recently saw a social media resurgence, with dozens of Facebook users posting their own semi-nude plant photos online. Read More >>

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Beetle Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber Was an Early Pollinator 

Amber fossils containing bugs are nothing new, but the discovery of a beautifully preserved Cretaceous Period beetle with bits of pollen still around it is changing what we know about the planet’s earliest pollinating insects. Read More >>

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This Computer Actually Works Better With Windows

Wyatt Little has designed the first computer that performs much better with Windows — and lots of sunlight. In many ways, this Little Computer Planter is vastly superior to your laptop. There’s no email to deal with, no internet, no Twitter, and it will turn the CO2 you exhale with every saddened sigh into life-giving oxygen. Read More >>

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Mistletoe Somehow Survives Without Protein Needed by All Other Multicellular Life

Mistletoe might be a nice yuletide decoration, but it’s also a nefarious, parasitic badass that preys upon a series of hosts. Apparently one species has decided it no longer needs a protein that every other multicellular organism on Earth requires to live. Read More >>