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  1. Plants

    Explainer: How photosynthesis works

    Plants can take in light, water and carbon dioxide, and send out sugar and oxygen. Here’s how it works.

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  2. Plants

    Here’s how giant pumpkins get so big

    Cinderella took a ride in a pumpkin coach. Though real pumpkins do get big enough, here’s why their ride would be uncomfortable at best.

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  3. Plants

    The faster trees grow, the younger they die

    As climate change spurs forest tree growth, it also shortens trees’ lives. That results in a quicker release of climate-warming carbon back into the atmosphere.

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  4. Plants

    ‘Vampire’ parasite challenges the definition of a plant

    Langsdorffia are stripped down to their essentials. Lacking green leaves for photosynthesis, they steal energy and nutrients from other plants.

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  5. Agriculture

    Scientists Say: Carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are molecules with carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Animals break down these chemicals in food to get energy.

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  6. Earth

    On an Alaskan glacier, little green moss balls roll in herds

    Oval balls of moss, nicknamed ‘glacier mice,’ roll across some glaciers. A new study explores the mysteries behind their herd-like motion.

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  7. Animals

    Bumblebees may bite leaves to spur plant blooming

    In a pollen shortage, some bees nick holes in tomato leaves. This can speed up flowering and pollen production by weeks.

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  8. Plants

    Silk-based microneedles may help treat diseased plants

    Engineers have invented silk microneedles to inject medicines into plants. One day farmers might use drones to dart their sick plants with meds from the air.

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  9. Chemistry

    Ancient recipes helped scientists resurrect a long-lost blue hue

    Led by medieval texts, scientists hunted down a plant and used its fruit to make a blue watercolor with mysterious origins.

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