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plants call herbivores’ predators

Plants are amazing. I said this to a friend yesterday and he corrected me: “Everything is amazing.” Which is true. Kidneys? Amazing. Meteorites? Amazing. DNA? Amazing. But, for now, let’s talk about plants. They’re amazing. They can communicate by releasing … Continue reading

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lucky clover

Some scientists at the University of Georgia are working on what sounds like a kind of goofy project: making ornamental clovers. They swear they’re very pretty plants – lush green, with red and white markings. And they fix nitrogen, so … Continue reading

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trees stay away from their relatives

Ecologists have struggled for years with the question of why tropical forests are so diverse. There are all kinds of hypotheses going around out there – I read papers on many of them in a class in the fall of … Continue reading

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plants are awesome

Yesterday for ScienceNOW I wrote about tobacco plants that open their flowers at a different time of day if they’re getting eaten by caterpillars. (My story.) It’s kind of ingenious, if these scientists are right about it. Hawkmoths are good … Continue reading

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museum tourist: harvard natural history (cont.)

About a month ago, I wrote about a visit to Harvard’s Museum of Natural History. Friend, fellow science writer, and Bostonian Lila Guterman asked me why I hadn’t written about the glass flowers. Because they’re so awesome they deserve their … Continue reading

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snorkel genes

Part of the deal with this fellowship is that I’m also supposed to do my regular work. So, here it is: a news story about rice genetics. I know, it sounds boring, but it’s totally not! Modifying rice is a … Continue reading

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