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This Is a Cucumber

Specifically, it’s a Sikkim cucumber. The plant originated in the Himalayas but can now be found in gardens around the world. Marla Aufmuth spotted this one at the National Heirloom Festival in Santa Rosa, California.  Link -via Tasteologie | Photo: Marla Aufmuth

Scientists develop see-through soil

The transparent soil will help experts observe the way in which plant roots grow and develop underground. It took many years of experimentation with s…

That’s One Heck of a Power Plant

How do you make a piranha plant into a power plant? By painting one of the Mario enemies on a power box, of course. This puntastic graffiti is almost good enough to be done by Hanksy. Link Via The Daily What

Where Do Seedless Watermelons Come From?

When a run-of-the-mill watermelon and a souped-up frankenmelon love each other very much, they come together and make a baby seedless wundermelon. Seedless watermelons are a lot like mules – sterile hybrids formed by crossing genetically incompatible parents. Normal, seeded watermelons are diploid (have 2 sets of chromosomes) just like us, with one set from mom [...]

How Tomatoes Lost Their Taste

It’s no secret that supermarket tomatoes are grown for their looks and not for their taste, but how where exactly did growers go wrong in developing taste tomatoes? Science has the answer, and the culprit [...]

Sewage Plant Hosting Valentine’s Day Tour

For those of you looking for ideas for a romantic Valentine’s Day date, the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn is offering a morning tour of its sludge-processing facility. Put on some comfortable boots, snuggle up with your companion, and hold your breath when the plant’s ruggedly handsome superintendent, Jimmy Pynn, explains how the city [...]

Plant Eats Worms Underground

You’ve read about plants that eat animals, like the Venus Flytrap and the Pitcher Plant. Philcoxia does it, too, but you can’t see it, because this Brazilian plant works underground, using sticky leaves that grow under the soil. Researchers Caio Pereira and Peter Fritsch have been studying how Philcoxia gets its nutrients. In 2007, Peter Fritsch [...]

How the Flexible Straw Was Invented

The drinking straw was invented by 3000 B.C., as attested by Sumerian artifacts. Until very recently, these straws were tubes from plant stems, such as rye. Besides dissolving in water, these straws often added unwelcome plant flavors to drinks. In 1888, Marvin Chester Stone patented a waxed paper straw that didn’t add a grassy flavor [...]

The Late Movies: 13 Carnivorous Plants Eating Insects…and More

Tonight, prepare to be a little grossed out: videos of carnivorous plants eating stuff. Not for the faint of heart! Sundew vs. Fruit Fly Timelapse Taken over six hours. Venus Flytrap vs. Slug The audio is just buzzing, making it even more bizarre. Venus Flytrap vs. Fly Tense. Audio is bad/unimportant. Venus Flytrap vs. Butterfly and Frog That might actually [...]

Ceramic Pots With Creepy Realistic Mouths

Don’t worry, these pots won’t bite, and once you plant something in them the chatter will stop, I promise. These creepy ceramic creations are the product of Ronit Baranga’s sick imagination, and their realistic look is enough to keep all but the bravest souls from reaching in. These would make great Halloween candy bowls, especially [...]