Fast learner; Mimosa Pudica, the touch-me-not. Photo Suppasak Inganinanda From the memories of flowers to the sociability of trees, the cognitive capacities of our vegetal cousins are all around us by Laura Ruggles is a philosophy PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in Australia. At first glance, the Cornish mallow (Lavatera cretica) is little more than an unprepossessing weed. It has pinkish flowers and broad, flat leaves that track sunlight throughout the day. However, it’s what the mallow does at night that has propelled this humble plant into the scientific spotlight. Hours before the dawn, it springs into action, turning its leaves … Continue reading The minds of plants
by: David Williams (Natural News) Just how important are a plants roots to its survival? What might seem like a stupid question at first will actually surprise you if you start to look at it closely. Researchers from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) looked into how plants are able to sense and react to soil flooding. In terms of detection, no other part proved to be more crucial than the plant’s roots. It’s a known fact that a plant lets its roots grow somewhat freely in the soil underneath it in order to gather the … Continue reading How do plants know when it floods? Recent research reveals how plants sense increased levels of water
Monday, November 27, 2017 by: Jayson Veley (Natural News) Mysterious blasts are being heard all over the world and no one can seem to figure out what’s causing them. From Alabama to Michigan, Idaho to California, Russia to Denmark, experts and non-experts alike are trying to figure out whether these mysterious booms are coming from ground explosions, objects falling from the sky, or something else. A boom in the state of Alabama, for instance, was heard and felt through 11 counties last Tuesday at around 1:39 CST. An earthquake event has since been ruled out, leaving both average citizens and experts puzzled and without answers. … Continue reading Mysterious blasts are being reported across the globe… what’s going on?
by: Rita Winters (Natural News) Each and every person defines nature in his own way. For some, nature may be a city park. Others consider nature simply as a flower pushing through the pavement. No matter how urbanized or polluted a city may be, some people would consider a single tree in the midst of skyscrapers to be “nature”. This is not the case however, according to psychology professor Peter Kahn, from the University of Washington. Every generation will have its own perspective or understanding of what the norm for nature is, despite the surrounding pollution and concrete (infrastructural development). A child who … Continue reading The evolution of reality: Psychology professor explains how each generations’ perception of their environment changes the definition of “the natural world”
Credit: ALMA: ESO, NAOJ, NRAO, L. Calçada ESO Talking to the rest of the universe takes a whole lot of patience By Caleb A. Scharf on November 22, 2017 Some of the basic assumptions we make about extraterrestrial communication can be woefully naïve. Consider the situation in its gory detail. You decide (perhaps as a species, or perhaps as some resource-rich subset) that you want to ping the cosmos to find out if something else is listening, thinking, and as technological as you are. So you fire up yourradio transmitter, or your big laser and start shooting off ‘Hello’ messages. If our circumstances represent a useful template … Continue reading The Tyranny of Extraterrestrial Messaging
© Flickr/ Black rhcp TECH Japanese scientists have for the first time documented that lightning can spark nuclear reactions in the earth’s atmosphere, an event that happens via the release of antimatter. Lightning is awesome — in the old-fashioned sense of ‘awesome,’ as in that which inspires real awe. Lightning anywhere is a spectacular, incredibly powerful, burst of electricity that can set houses aflame, cause power widespread outages and generally terrify people, alongside its unshakeable pal, thunder. Little do we know, though, that lighting, by its nature, is a natural particle accelerator that can force electrons to move at near-light speed. Electrons, moving at such speeds collide with atoms in the … Continue reading Big Generator: Lightning Revealed to Create Nuclear Reactions Via Antimatter
A scanning electron microscope image shows a nematode in biofilm (blue), in its natural deep-subsurface habitat. The scale bar is 20 micrometres (μm) long. All images courtesy Gaetan Borgonie The Earth is not a solid mass of rock: its hot, dark, fractured subsurface is home to weird and wonderful life forms by Gaetan Borgonie is a researcher at Extreme Life Isyensya in Gentbrugge, Belgium. His research interests include zoology, developmental biology and anatomy. and Maggie Lau is an associate research scholar and lecturer in the department of geosciences at Princeton University. Her research interests include biology, ecology and microbiology. The living landscape all … Continue reading Life goes deeper