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Sundance Channel – GreenPorno

Isabella Rossellini’s critically acclaimed and provocative online series, GREEN PORNO covers both land and sea! The series features Rossellini as she acts out the reproductive habits of marine animals and insects, both scientifically accurate yet extremely entertaining.

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Nature Preserves More Than Just The Sum Of Their parts

The biodiversity in a patch of habitat can extend outside the borders of a protected area; this effect is magnified when the habitats are connected by corridors. Their findings provide a strategy for managing nature preserves to maximize biodiversity in the small spaces that are already formally protected.

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Birds Change Tune When Vegetation Changes

Using computer software to compare the songs then and now, she found that where vegetation had gotten thicker, the birdsongs had slowed down significantly in tempo.

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Flowers Just Want To Be Helpful

Flowers pollinated by insects have evolved special cells on their petals to help bees stay put while they are feeding.

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Not Depending On The Kindness Of Strangers

It is the only known plant in the world able to self-irrigate.

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When Ants Are Not A Plants’ Friend

The relationship between these two species is much like that of other ants and ant-plants, until it comes time for the plant to reproduce. When Nodosa begins to flower, the ants attack the buds, lopping them off before they get a chance to spread seeds. The ant, in effect, sterilizes its gracious host. Ingrates.

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Red Flowers May Not Signal Love

The colour red acts as a warning to large vertebrate herbivores like emus, parrots and kangaroos that the flower contains distasteful or even poisonous cyanogenic compounds. It seems that Western Australian plants have not only developed a remarkable defence against would-be flower predators, but that they also clearly advertise the fact.

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And Now To Explain Red Leaves

Aphids don't show up as frequently on apple trees that turn red in the fall as on those that stay green or yellow… Also, young aphids feeding on those formerly red trees in spring weren't as likely to grow to maturity as aphids on trees that turned green or yellow in the fall.

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Discriminating Bees Sniff First, Drink After

The study suggests that a bee's ability to associate floral scent with the best nectar may be the key to understanding how floral scent has evolved in flowering plants.