Posts tagged with ‘plants

IHCer Kickstarter project: The Blue Green Box

The Blue Green Box is plant growing system for your 10-gallon freshwater aquarium. It’s the easiest and friendliest aquaponics system, using your fish tank to create a spectacular bit of nature in your abode.

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Affectionately known as Hooker’s lips, Psychotria elata with it’s colorful red flowers attracts many pollinators including butterflies and hummingbirds. Also known in some circles as Mick Jagger’s lips. 

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Affectionately known as Hooker’s lips, Psychotria elata with it’s colorful red flowers attracts many pollinators including butterflies and hummingbirds. Also known in some circles as Mick Jagger’s lips. 

And now, watch some ants slide to their doom inside a pitcher plant

This short video reveals how the carnivorous pitcher plant Heliamphora nutans traps its prey with an ingenious two-step method — even if the ants in the video are able to get a grip on the plant’s dangerously smooth pelt, some well-placed water means the ants have almost no chance of getting out alive.

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Plants apparently communicate with each other through clicking sounds

It’s been known for a while that plants can communicate chemically with each other, but now it also appears that on occasion, they can also communicate through noises, by using tiny clicking sounds. Yes, plants talk.

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Life will find a way: Scientists and tourists put Antarctica at risk for biological invasion

Life has an incredible knack for finding niches in which to thrive. And in Antarctica, with no permanent human population and only a very small and controlled number of tourists and scientists visiting each year, life has managed to hitch a ride to the most inhospitable continent on Earth in the form of tiny seeds attached to shoes, clothing and bags.

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Thirty two thousand year old Arctic plant brought back to life

While everyone likes to talk about bringing woolly mammoths or dinosaurs back to life, sometimes you have to start small. Like a tiny Arctic flower that’s been extinct for over 32,000 years. Russian scientists have apparently brought back the narrow-leafed campion, after finding a seed in an ancient rodent’s burrow.

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How the first plant came into existence

It was an incredibly long and complex journey for life to go from chains of proteins, to single-celled organisms to things like dinosaurs and plants and people and pandas. But as far as plants, scientists feel certain they have an idea of how single celled life started creating energy via photosynthesis to become plants.

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Reading material of the day: A Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants
Yes, there’s more to this than just the cover. You read this rare Golden Books gem here at Scribd.
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Reading material of the day: A Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants

Yes, there’s more to this than just the cover. You read this rare Golden Books gem here at Scribd.

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Planets with two suns may have plants that are black, not green

On Earth, most plants take on a mostly green hue, due to the fact that green is the color that absorbs the most light from our yellow sun that plants crave. But on other planets that might have foliage, green might not be the dominant color. In fact, on a planet with two suns, the color that could be most advantageous could be black. Black plants. That doesn’t sound appetizing.

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Science creates the first artificial leaf that’s 10 times more efficient in creating energy from photosynthesis

A scientist at MIT (the wacky mad scientist looking guy above) claims that he’s reached one of the “Holy Grails of science”… creating an artificial leaf that can create energy from nothing but water and sunlight at a much higher efficiency than the real thing.

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The smell of freshly cut grass is actually a plant distress call

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With summer almost gone here in the far superior northern hemisphere leaves with it the smell of freshly cut grass. But what we find a pleasant and refreshing smell is actually the smell of thousands of blades of grass panicking and sending out chemicals that attract insects that are supposed to come to the aid of the plant that assumes it’s being eaten by other insects.

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