K.C. Burns’s favorite research days are the ones where he puts on his backpack and walks into the wilderness with no agenda. On one hike…Read More These Plants Act Like Bees in a Hive
It isn’t easy to say that anything has truly “gone extinct.” For starters, an untold number of creatures — especially teensy, nocturnal or otherwise cryptic…Read More How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories
Provoking a Venus flytrap takes a certain amount of finesse. If you brush just one of the trigger hairs inside of its leaves, the plant…Read More Why Scientists Made Venus Flytraps That Glow
Q. Why did orchids develop in such myriad forms? A. The approximately 25,000 to 30,000 different species of orchid evolved along with their many pollinators…Read More Orchids Bloom in Thousands of Forms. But Why?
Duckweeds are humble-looking plants whose tiny, brilliant green globules spangle ponds all over the world. Some duckweeds are the smallest flowering plants in nature. Scientists…Read More One of Nature’s Smallest Flowering Plants Can Survive Inside of a Duck