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Fungi seem to 'sweat' to stay cool and scientists don't know why
By Ethan Freedman published
This discovery reveals a mostly unstudied but apparently universal aspect of fungal life.
Listen to the sounds of Pando, the largest living tree in the world
By Jennifer Nalewicki published
Researchers are using sound to study Pando, the world's largest tree.
The oldest tree in the world (and the 7 runner-ups)
By Erik Ofgang published
From Prometheus and Methuselah to trees in remote forests of China, these are the most ancient known trees on Earth.
Scientists accidentally discover photosynthesis doesn't work exactly like we thought it did
By Harry Baker published
Researchers have serendipitously discovered that a key step in photosynthesis can occur much earlier in the process than previously believed.
Stressed plants 'scream,' and it sounds like popping bubble wrap
By Nicoletta Lanese published
A study of tomato and tobacco plants suggests they emit ultrasonic popping sounds when dehydrated or physically damaged.
Otherworldly 'fairy lantern' plant, presumed extinct, emerges from forest floor in Japan
By Ben Turner published
The mysterious plant, Thismia kobensis, was rediscovered growing a few inches from a forest floor in Japan.
Plants 'slept' with curled leaves 250 million years ago, ancient insect bites reveal
By Joshua A. Krisch published
Leaves from the Permian period curled up at night, fossils of symmetrical insect bites show.
Some carnivorous plants evolved to eat poop instead of bugs. And they're better off for it.
By Harry Baker published
Former bug-eating plants, which evolved to feed on animal droppings instead, have a more nutritious diet than their carnivorous cousins, a new study finds.
New 'artificial' photosynthesis is 10x more efficient than previous attempts
By Stephanie Pappas published
A new method of using the machinery of photosynthesis to make methane is 10 times more efficient than previous attempts.
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