Ant-Plants: The Darkside of Biological Mutualism

Ant-Plants: The Darkside of Biological Mutualism

 Myrmecophyte plants-otherwise known as ant-plants

Nature is full of mutually beneficial arrangements between organisms-like the relationship between flowering plants and their bee pollinators. But sometimes these blissful relationships have a dark side, as Harvard biologist Megan Frederickson describes in an article for the May issue of The American Naturalist. (Pics)

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Green Space Rooftops Blossoming Around The World

Green Space Rooftops Bossoming Around The World

“All you have to do is climb a tall building in Germany, and you’re going to see green roofs all over the place.”

Many countries like Germany (pictured) and Switzerland are now mandating that all new buildings with flat roofs must plant a garden on them. What will cities look like when this practice becomes the norm? (Pics)

 

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The Renewable House: Home Building Without A Carbon Footprint?

The Renewable House: Home Building Without A Carbon Footprint?

The Renewable House is a timber frame house with hemp-lime walls.

Britain’s University of Bath’s Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, its Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE)  formed a partnership in 2006 to conduct research on innovative and sustainable construction materials and to provide knowledge and leadership to the building industry.

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Tree Houses – Nature With Architecture

Tree Houses

Whimsical Tree House In Oregon

Nature with architecture is not an odd pairing by any means, but it’s never been done quite like this. But another factor plays heavily on this contemporary, flowing style – music. Architect Robert Harvey Oshatz has created this awesome, artistic piece of architecture in the woods of Portland, Oregon, for a client who’s love of music would be translated into a modern home. (Pics)

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Top 10 Time-Lapse Nature At Work Videos

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10. Total Lunar Eclipse 

The world is filled with sluggish spectacles. Watching them would be painful were it not for time-lapse photography, which can make those long stories short and remarkably entertaining. 

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Europe’s Biggest Oceanarium Will Be Located In Moscow

Europe’s Biggest Oceanarium Will Be Located In Moscow 

Duman Oceanarium

It is expected that the proposed enormous oceanarium in Moscow will form part of an amusement complex complete with a cinema, hotel, business center, shopping mall and many restaurants. According to news sources, the Eurasian country of Kazakhstan, which is the world’s largest landlocked country, is financing the construction of one of the new oceanarium.

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Tobacco Plants Genetically Modified To Produce Medicine

Tobacco Plants Genetically Modified To Produce Medicine

Genetically modified tobacco plant 

Tobacco isn’t famous for its health benefits. But now scientists have succeeded in using genetically modified tobacco plants to produce medicines for several autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, including diabetes. The research is published in the open access journal BMC Biotechnology.

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