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Landscape Tonic

A native holly tree called yaupon can be used to make a drink similar to green tea… the ornamental holly is the only plant in the United States that produces substantial amounts of caffeine. It grows wild throughout the Southeast.

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Pandas Are Not The Only Ones Relying On Bamboo

Ethiopia's mysterious Bale monkey eats almost nothing but bamboo, according to the first study of the primate.

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Chili To The Defense

After conducting tests, the military has decided to use the thumb-sized 'bhut jolokia,' or 'ghost chili,' to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects, defense officials said.

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The Benefit Of Having Powerful Neighbors

Scandinavian Scientists have discovered that a species of tree defends itself from herbivore attack by using chemicals emitted by neighbouring plants.

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Ostriches May Not Do It, But Plants Do

Goldenrod individuals with nodding stems (aka, “candy-cane” stems) have proven much less likely to suffer ovipositions from gall-inducing insects than individuals with erect stems. Thus, “defense by ducking” appears to be an effective strategy in S. altissima, and it is likely to turn out to be important in other species as well.

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More In A Pitcher Plant Than Dead Bugs

To avoid sharing precious food resources with other micro-organisms such as fungi, the carnivorous plant has developed a host of agents that act as natural anti-fungal agents, …The idea that liquid from a plant pitcher could stave off infection has been documented in the folk literature of India, where people drink carnivorous plant pitcher juice as a general elixir.

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Bees As Floral Designers

Bee found in the Middle East… constructs its nests from petals, creating chambers of pink, yellow, blue, and purple for its larvae.

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Climate Change A Matter Of Belief More Than Facts

Over the past few months, polls show that fewer Americans say they believe humans are making the planet dangerously warmer, despite a raft of scientific reports that say otherwise.
This puzzles many climate scientists

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The Trees That Miss The Mammoths

Trees that make such fleshy fruits do so to entice animals to eat them, along with the seeds they contain. The seeds pass through the animal and are deposited, with natural fertilizer, away from the shade and roots of the parent tree where they are more likely to germinate. But no native animal eats Osage-orange fruits. So, what are they for? The same question could be asked of the large seed pods of the honeylocust and the Kentucky coffeetree.

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A Flower Solves Its Energy Crisis

Symbiosis comes in many flavours. Lots of animals trade protection or food in a mutually beneficial relationship. Now there is a flower that offers yeast its sugary nectar in exchange for warmth