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The Plan To Feed The World By Hacking Photosynthesis

With the world population projected to soar past the 11 billion mark by 2100, we’re going to need to find some creative new ways of putting food on the table. The latest science-powered plan to feed the world? Hacking photosynthesis.


The Way We Name Species Was Invented By A 'Botanical Pornographer'

The Age of Exploration brought Europeans riches, a broader view of the world, and a hell of a lot of new plants and animals to describe. That was heaven for Carl Linnaeus, a young Swedish doctor with a passion for plants.


Seeing Plants Naturally Explode Like Bombs Is Pretty Freaking Gross

Imagine you’re taking a walk and trying to enjoy Mother Nature for all her beauty when you brush up against a squirting cucumber and have it explode like a bomb and spew its seed and guts all over you like a blown up, shooting fire hydrant. These things are like a ticking time bomb, when they blow they GO.


A Tower PC For Your Less Than Legal Hobbies

Gardening can be a relaxing and rewarding hobby. But sometimes, depending on your choice of crops, you need to keep that hobby under wraps. And that’s where The Server Farm comes in. It looks like a vanilla desktop PC, but inside you’ll find grow lights, reflection panels and a compact watering system.


Gorgeous Microscopy Images Are Actually Pictures Of Sexual Biology

The Cell Picture Show has collected 10 images of sexually significant science from labs around the world: the resulting slideshow (summarised in their image above) takes you on a walk through sex systems across many types of living things.


This Shrub Uses A Moonlight Beacon To Signal That It's Ready For Sex

When it’s time for sex, many plants literally tap into animal appetites, attracting them with the promise of sugar and smearing them with pollen while they eat. But if you’re going to rely on a third party for sex, you need some really good advertising. One recent study has identified a plant that makes a beacon out of moonlight.


An Obscure African Plant Tells Miners Where To Look For Diamonds 

Diamonds you’re familiar with. Pandanus candelabrum, not so much. And until recently, botanists didn’t pay much attention to this rare, palm-like plant from West Africa either. But the discovery that P. candelabrum grows only over rock that may harbour diamonds has vaulted the plant out of obscurity.


Beautiful Drone Footage Shows The Endless Colour Of Flower Fields

Video: Flower fields are such a wonderful place to spend an entire day or stumble upon happenstance or purposely get lost in. The colours are breathtaking, the rows are perfectly manicured and it feels like it totally shouldn’t exist. Here is drone footage of the Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands.


This Floating Flower Garden Is Like A Magical Dreamland Forest

This beautiful floating flower garden would be such a wonderful place to get lost in. That’s because it’s like a dreamland that’s come to life. Over 2300 flowers are ‘floating’ in the garden, and they’re all alive and blooming and growing. It’s an incredible sight to see them rise up and down while being planted to seemingly nothing.


I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of This Cool Planter Robot

Video: I wish I had a window with a perfect view of this pack planter robot. I would open it every morning to watch the machine transplant pansies while I have my breakfast — and I would probably be late to work for the rest of my life.