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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.


These Magical OLED Lamps Are Embedded With Real Dandelions

Almost everyone has some majestic memory involving summer sunshine cutting through a field and blowing white, fluffy dandelion seeds into the wind. Soon you can immortalise those warm feelings with a sleek, almost scientific-looking OLED lamp featuring a dandelion encased in acrylic.


Gardener Claims He Hasn't Watered This 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 in the UK says he sealed up his bottle garden in 1972 — and hasn’t watered it since.


The US Grows The Most Productive Plants In The World, Says NASA

Remember learning about America’s “amber waves of grain?” Well, 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.


Molten Lava Fossilised This Plant Down To Its Single Cells

When this Jurassic plant was smothered in molten lava one hundred and eighty million years ago, it was almost instantly fossilised — in incredible cellular detail. In fact, the fern — seen here in cross section through the stem — was preserved right down to the level of chromosomes, which can be seen frozen in the process of cell division.


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.