Plants

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Plants

    Let’s learn about trees

    These long-lived woody plants provide shade for people, homes for animals — and help protect the planet against climate change.

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  5. Plants

    Let’s learn about the future of food

    Technology and a warming world will change what you eat and how it gets to your plate.

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  6. Climate

    5 things to know about the climate-saving benefits of tree planting

    A recent analysis of the benefits of massive efforts to plant more trees triggered a firestorm of controversy.

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  7. Plants

    Scientists look to hack photosynthesis for a ‘greener’ planet

    Photosynthesis turns sunlight into energy for plants. Scientists want to know more about it, imitate it — even improve it.

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  8. Animals

    Scientists Say: Species

    This word describes organisms grouped by their similarities in genetics and physical traits. But defining species can be tricky.

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  9. Plants

    Meat-eating pitcher plants feast on baby salamanders

    Scientists didn’t think meat-eating plants in North America ate vertebrates. They now know differently.

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    Ecosystems

    A million species could vanish, and people are to blame

    Human activities are putting a million plant and animal species at risk of extinction, a new study finds. But it’s not too late to save many of them, scientists add.

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  11. Environment

    City living makes trees grow fast but die young

    Many cities plant trees to absorb carbon dioxide. But city trees grow fast and die young, which means they absorb less carbon dioxide than forest trees do.

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  12. Plants

    Need a little luck? Here’s how to grow your own

    A 2019 Intel ISEF finalist used a plant hormone and extra fertilizer to boost the numbers of multi-leafed clovers — including lucky four-leafed plants — she could reliably grow.

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