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.Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
It turns out some plants survive being frozen for a few centuries, and will regrow once they're thawed out.
In a story that is basically Encino Man but with Canadian plants, scientists have revived some once-frozen 400-year-old plants from the Canadian arctic. Bringing these plants back to life shows that certain varieties of plants may be more able to withstand extreme conditions than once thought. Keeping with the Encino Man theme, the next step will be to figure out how the scientists can use the revived plants to help pick up girls at the mall.Read More
We live in a particularly interactive age. Sometimes it seems like you're hard-pressed to find a thing that isn't interactive in one respect or another without locking yourself in a closet and sitting among the shoes in the fetal position. If researchers at Keio University in Japan have their way, yet another thing will be pulled into the wide world of interactivity: Plants. Interactive plants, which seem to serve little purpose beyond being interactive, are designed to react to and convey emotions. How? Basically, by turning into puppets.Read More
The more you know: According to research presented at a meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society, two-sunned (bisolar?) planets, should they be capable of supporting vegetation, would be likely to have black or grey plants instead of green greenery. While this may sound like a needless layer of sci-fi whimsy, the optical reasoning they present seems sound enough: "To maximize energy absorption for photosynthesis, especially when the suns have vastly different colors or if at least one of the suns is dim, plants—or, more correctly, their extraterrestrial analogs—may use one or more types of light-absorbing pigments that absorb across a broad range of wavelengths, which would tend to make the plant appear black or gray." So: More suns means wavelengths means more light-absorbing pigments, and with fewer wavelengths to be bounced back at our retinae as a result, a blacker coloration would result. Not exactly the sort of research one can easily lab-test, but a fun thought-experiment either way. (Science Mag via Slashdot. pic via Wallpaper DJ)Read More