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Sharon Beals photographed fifty birds' nests in vivid detail, giving us a glimpse into a beautiful and architectual world. Plus: Accompanying illustrations of the nests' avian makers.
Related Topics: Ideas | birds | books | Nature | nests | photo gallery | science
How to take care of your plant roots.
Related Topics: Ideas | Brown | Green | White | roots | science | Trees
When he began documenting plant specimens, Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) did not consider himself a photographer, nor an expert in the natural world. The German sculpture instructor was compiling a teaching tool: a survey of natural forms that would serve as inspiration and reference for his students.
Attracting the birds and the bees with its puckered lips, the Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus) wins our prize for best kisser.
In 2006, almost four centuries after their ancestors arrived in North America, honeybee colonies began to succumb to colony collapse disorder and collapse at a record rate. Human beings can do perfectly well without honey, but we can't exist without pollination. And without pollination by bees, tomatoes, cucumbers, and countless other crops won't fruit. Richard Schweid looks at the return of native bee species and how they might save our crops.
Related Topics: Ideas | Bee Houses | Bees | Fresh | March 2011 | pollination | science
Faster than a speeding bullet! The Bunchberry dogwood is able to launch pollen into the air in a third of the time it takes a bullet to leave a rifle barrel, making the plant (Cornus canadensis) a superlative example of botanic ballistics, engineering, and reproductive design.
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Bees in Turkey and Iran layer flower petals to create a brightly colored nest. Inside, a mother bee will lay an egg, and when the baby bee hatches, it stays inside the nest, where it feeds itself on nectar and is protected by its petal home.
Related Topics: Ideas | Purple | Red | Bees | Flowers | Nature | science
Moon trees are not plants that flourish on lunar terrain, but rather, trees that are grown from seeds that orbited the moon thirty-four times, in the Apollo 14 lunar mission in 1971.
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