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Gardener Claims He Hasn't Watered His Flourishing Biosphere Since 1972

If you can't raise a plant to save your life you know the appeal of terrariums, which can sustain themselves for months on end without being watered. But a retiree from Surrey says he sealed up his bottle garden in 1972—and hasn't watered it since. Read More >>

environment
The US Grows the Most Productive Plants in the World, Says NASA

Remember learning about America's "amber waves of grain?" Probably not, you're from the UK, but over yonder it's a lyric from a well known patriotic song. As it turns out that the United States' bread basket—a.k.a., the Corn Belt—is even more productive than previously thought. In fact, during its growing season, it's the most productive land on Earth, according to new NASA data. Read More >>

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The Latest Mining Boom? Plants That Eat Metal and Scrub the Soil Clean

Plants that eat metal sound like a biological impossibility. But these hungry little guys exist, sucking tiny bits of toxic metal from the soil. They don't just clean the Earth, either—they can actually mine bits of gold and nickel for use by humans. Read More >>

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Scientists Revive Moss That Was Encased in Ice for 1,500 Years

Cryonics enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that scientists have demonstrated the ability to revive frozen life not just after a couple years or even a couple of decades. They can bring something back to life that's been frozen for fifteen centuries. The previous record was just 20 years. Read More >>

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Scientists Use Graphene to Make Bionic, Super-Powered Plants

A team of chemical engineers and biochemists has managed to change how plants work. Well, to be exact, they've made plants work better by embedding carbon nanotubes into the plants' leaves so that they absorb more light. Put simply, they've created bionic plants. Read More >>

environment
Human Wee Could be the Future of Plant Growing

According to stats released by the eco-gardeners at the Rich Earth Institute, a large proportion of the energy used to treat waste water is blown on neutralising the nitrogen and phosphorous in human urine -- which happen to be two great nutrients for plant life. If only there was a way to collect wee and use it to fertilise crops without everyone getting so weirded out by it. Read More >>

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Eavesdropping on the Secret Sounds of Trees

What if we could identify plants not by sight but by sound? It's not entirely fanciful: every plant makes a unique set of sounds—an auditory signature, if you will—influenced by its physiology. But these sounds, usually in the ultrasonic range, are not for our ears. Read More >>

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7 Plants to Scare-Off Burglars, Nosey Neighbours, and Everyone Else

The plant kingdom is full of poisons, thorns, and noxious odours—all of which can be utilised to keep away unwanted human contact. The Metropolitan Police has offered 30 plants to deter thieves, but why stop there? Here are some green solutions to keep away burglars and everyone else. Presented in order from least to most isolating. Read More >>

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How the New York Botanical Garden Digitises Nearly 300 Plants a Day

The New York Botanical Garden is packed with over 7.3 million specimens from all over the world. When you've got that many plants, you need to get a little creative when it's time to take their picture. It's a high tech affair. Read More >>

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Plant Cells "Talk" With Electric Signals, Too

A particular detail has always stuck with me from The BFG, Roald Dahl's dark as hell children's book that's actually about giants snatching kids from their bedrooms. The one good, non kid eating giant tells his friend about superhuman hearing: "if I is twisting the stem of the flower till it breaks, then the plant is screaming. I can hear it screaming and screaming very clear." Read More >>

environment
This Agricultural Breakthrough Makes Every Crop Self-Fertilising

We've been using nitrogen fertilisers to bolter crop growth since the neolithic era. But producing enough food for seven billion mouths requires intensive farming farming practices that demand heavy applications of fertilisers. And their overuse is taking a heavy toll on the environment—an estimated £70 billion to £350 billion worth of damage in Europe alone. Read More >>

space
This Is What Photosynthesis Looks Like From Space

Plants grown and sustain themselves through photosynthesis — a seemingly invisible process that converts sunlight into energy. Now, NASA scientists have developed a way to measure photosynthesis from satellites with unprecedented detail. Read More >>

architecture
The Facade of This Water Cooling Plant Is Chill as Hell

University of Ohio's Central Chiller Plant is chill because it has to be—it supplies water and emergency power to the university's medical district. But thanks to its facade covered in prismatic fins, it's also chill in the non-literal sense of the word. Read More >>

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Scientists Revived 400-Year-Old Plants That Could Help Us Live on Mars

A recently uncovered, perfectly preserved, 400-year-old plant specimen might be the answer to our increasingly important colonisation of other planets—and the preservation of the human race as a whole. Read More >>

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There's an All-Natural Bed Bug Cure That Actually Works

As man still struggles to find a way to overcome the scourge that is bed bugs, it turns out that Mother Nature has already created a highly effective trap for the pests. Using bean leaves was once thought to just be an old folk remedy, but researchers at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Kentucky have discovered it's actually a very affective way to deal with bed bugs. Read More >>

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The Next World-Changing Supermaterial Is Grown, Not Made

Watch out graphene; something's coming to eat your supermaterial lunch. Nanocellulose is poised to be the kevlar-strength, super-light, greenhouse gas-eating nanomaterial of the future. And the best part? It's made by nothing but algae. Read More >>

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