Ecological traits stay in species for millions of years, cause of the Larsen B ice shelf break-up and latest on effect of the ozone hole …
Stop-motion genetic modification! Credit to Pen Hill, Lucy van Dorp, Sam Cavenagh, Vanna Barber and Luis Mulet Planelles. More > Got a taste for stop-motion science? Check out Edible CERN!
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) This flower is native to Europe and North America. The origin of the word dandelion is a corruption of the French dent de Lion meaning lion’s tooth, though it also goes by the more poetic name of Florin d’Or – the golden florian. Its ethereal seeding stage; a corona of misty-star like […]
When midnight struck on the 17th August, most stoners were probabily blissfully unaware of the significance, as they rummaged through cupboards for food and listened to Pink Floyd at ear-bleeding levels. Science has always been pretty good mates with cannabis. At least unofficially, from the rambling philosophical chats about space and time, to just general ‘insight’ into the world […]
Spinning gold from straw is the stuff of fairytales, but Rumpelstiltskin might actually have been onto something. It seems plants have the ability to suck up gold nanoparticles and incorporate the precious metal into their leaves. This might sound like the next must-have bling homeware, but when the leaves get eaten, the gold gets transferred […]
A multinational team of scientists has successfully sequenced the genome of woodland strawberries. Whilst these aren’t the kind of strawberries you can find in your local supermarket, understanding their genetic code still has huge potential. Not only are woodland strawberries closely related to their cultivated counterparts, they are also part of the same genetic family […]
Richard Mabey’s new book is as much a story about human nature as it is about plants. After all, a plant is only a weed when humans say it is. We’ve been worried about weeds for a long time and Mabey has to stretch back to the birth of farming in order to start his […]