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Wildlife spectacles and “scant regard for food-chain decorum”

October 23, 2017

In her article “Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain,” Natalie Angier details the unexpected hunting habits that are driving some researchers to consider mantises a class all their own. With 3D vision and “scant regard for food-chain decorum,” mantises may be less like insects and more like aspiring vertebrates. Inspired, and a little unnerved out […]

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The most important part of a plant’s environment

May 19, 2017

Here’s the dirt: soil is the medium in which roots are anchored and from which nutrients, water, and oxygen are obtained.

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The birds and the bees of plant reproduction

May 19, 2017

One of the special rewards of day-to-day work in a garden is witnessing the unfolding reproductive cycles of plants. Here are some interesting insights into the ways plants proliferate: when a stamen and a pistil love each other very much…

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Where to witness must-see wildlife spectacles

October 25, 2016

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How plants work: 4 fun facts

June 18, 2015

Plants are full of surprises. How Plants Work author Linda Chalker-Scott shares a few of her favorites. 1)  SENDING OUT AN SOS Like clockwork, the first buds on the rose bushes in our sunny front yard emerge in April, followed by an army of aphids that covers the buds entirely. If I happen to see […]

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