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Watching Carnivorous Plants Eat Bugs Is Strangely Therapeutic

There is just something unexplainably awesome about carnivorous plants eating things. It’s like nature’s revenge mixed with some alien imagination, like if these plants were grown from a different planet. Watch these carnivorous plants grow and chomp at bugs in this wonderful time lapse.


Shelving That Automatically Waters Your Plants, Even When You Forget

It might not be as heartbreaking as saying goodbye to a pet, but no one wants to see their plants die — it’s a sign of failure. And since using a device that reminds you to water them is useless if you’re never home, this simple set of shelving will serve as your horticultural assistant, keeping your plants watered — and alive — for up to an entire month without intervention.


Scientists Are Reinventing Photosynthesis To Grow More Food

What if we could grow rice and wheat with the same amount of water and fertiliser but end up with 50 per cent more food? Sound like magic? Bad accounting? No, just some chemistry and genetic engineering. Scientists have recently figured out the second of three steps to make photosynthesis a whole lot more efficient in plants.


The Newest Weapon In The Fight Against Land Mines Could Be...Plants

Land mines are not only explosive but also poisonous, leaking toxins into the soil that make plants sick. That’s unfortunate for the plants but fortunate for us — if we can figure out how to look for sick plants as harbingers of land mines. Aeroplanes equipped with a low-cost sensor that captures non-visible light might be the answer.


The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light And Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realise its dreams of exploring the stars, we’re going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply stockpiling enough vital supplies isn’t going to cut it, which is what led Julian Melchiorri, a student at the Royal College of Art, to create an artificial biological leaf that produces oxygen just like the ones on our home planet do.


Nice Try, Vegans: Plants Can Actually Hear Themselves Being Eaten

While it’s still unclear whether or not plants can actually feel us sinking our teeth in, one thing is for certain: You can be damn well sure they’re hearing it.


These Plantable Pencils Grow Fresh Herbs From Your Failed Lit Ambitions

There are times — dark, frustrating times — when you put pencil to paper and nothing’s there. No inspiration. No life. So you scribble and scratch and sharpen until all that’s left is a bitty wooden nub reminding you of the barren wasteland that is your brain. You could toss that useless end bit in the trash. Or! If you’re using Sprout, you could stick it in soil and watch it slowly grow into a darling little plant.


Seed-Filled Caps Turn Plastic Bottles Into Tiny Gardens

If you’re looking for a more profitable way to recycle your empty plastic water bottles, forget about taking them to the kerb every week. As long as your home gets a few drops of sunshine every day, you can turn them into tiny productive gardens with these Petomato bottle caps.


NASA Wants To Send Plant Life To Mars In 2020

In less than a decade, there might be life on Mars. No not because the aliens have been hiding all this time, but because NASA might just put it there. The brightest minds at the Ames Research Center recently proposed sending plant life along with the next Mars rover. It’s actually a pretty good idea.


NASA's New Orbiter Will Watch Plants Photosynthesise From Space

For the last 25 years, scientists have been able to monitor the “greenness” of trees from space and use that as a tool for evaluating plant health. The problem is that greenness isn’t a good indicator for stresses — such as drought — because some trees (think pines) continue to be a lovely green until they’re dead. Researchers are thus turning to a new indicator: the way plants glow.