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  1. Time to Decorate the Traditional Venus Flytrap

    Deck the halls with captured horseflies, fa la la la la, la la la *snap*

    Charlie the Venus Flytrap (or at least a cutting of him) is all ready for the holidays.

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  2. Plant Sex Mysteries Finally Revealed. Thanks, Science!

    It's harder than it ought to be to find a photo of a plant penis.

    Finally! Scientists at the University of Leicester have cracked one of life's great mysteries—how do plants have sex? What's the secret? Well, when two plants love each other very much...

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  3. This Newly-Discovered Plant Is So Metal That It Eats Metal

    Rock on, plant-bro.

    Just last week, a new plant was discovered with shapeshifting powers to rival Mystique's. Now, scientists have discovered and even more hardcore plant - a plant that isn't satisfied with eating your regular old sunlight. No, this plant eats something way more metal: metal.

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  4. A New Plant Has Been Discovered And It’s Basically Mystique

    Except green instead of blue. Because it's a plant.

    Jennifer Lawrence isn't the only game in town when it comes to genetic mutants who can change their shape to copy whomeever they want (I mean X-Men JLaw, not IRL JLaw, probably). A new South American plant has been discovered with all of Mystique's shape-changey powers, and it's pretty rad.

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  5. 1,500-Year-Old Moss Revived After Being Frozen for Centuries

    In the movie version of this, MossMan comes back to life Encino Man-style.

    While some scientists are talking about bringing back the Wooly Mammoth, others are already reviving centuries-old plant life. Teams from the British Antarctic Survey and Reading University have thawed and revived moss that has been frozen for the past 1,500 years. Somehow, this leads to MossMan being real, right?

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  6. This Plant Can Learn And Remember Things Just As Well As Animals Can, So Don’t Mess With It

    Unless you'd like a flower with a vendetta against you for the rest of your natural life.

    Last week, we posted this video from ASAPScience, where they tell you that they're pretty sure plants can think. Now, a new study has been released with evidence that the Mimosa pudica, or the "touch-me-not flower" (my house sigil), actually has a long-term memory comparable to those found in animals.

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  7. Can Plants Think? AsapSCIENCE Makes a Surprisingly Compelling Argument

    Have fun with your conflicted feelings, vegetarians.

    Some people don't eat meat because they don't like the idea of killing and eating an intelligent creature. (*raises hand*) So this video by AsapSCIENCE that makes a case for plants having a certain level of thought might give some people weird feelings about their salad. So, how do plants think?

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  8. How Stinky Corpse Flowers Get So Stinky [Video]

    And it's got nothing to do with wanting to eat human blood!

    The United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. just had its first titan arum bloom in over six years. By now you're too late to see it, though; they only last for about 24 to 48 hours. Which is probably for the best, they don't call it the "stinky corpse flower" for nothing -- and Bytesize Science is going to tell you how the titan arum got that nickname.

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  9. Stinky Corpse Flower Blooms in Washington D.C., Not Quite as Stinky as Everyone Had Hoped

    Yeesh. I'm pretty sure that thing feeds on human blood.

    The titan arum, colloquially known as the "stinky corpse flower" for its pungent odor that attracts dung beetles and other pollinating insects, is rarely found outside of its home in the Indonesian rainforest. The United States Botanic Garden has one, though, and it's blooming for a limited time only! Probably 24 to 48 hours, to be specific.

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  10. Study Suggests Plants Can Do Math, Vegetarians Left in Moral Quandary

    I don't like eating things that are intelligent, so now I have no idea what to do.

    Plants might be smarter than we thought, especially because we thought they were just dumb plants. New research shows that plants use arithmetic division to calculate the rate at which to use up starch at night. They time their consumption to prevent starving when there's no sunlight, and they run out of starch right before the dawn. They don't even use a calculator.

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