plants

Ragweed Is On The Move

By Marlene Cimons Kristina Stinson never had an allergic reaction to ragweed until after she started working with it. “I think the repeated exposure to the pollen is what did it,” she said. It also didn’t help that her ...

Strange “Fairy Rings” in Seafloor Explained

Here’s one mystery that has come full circle: Scientists have figured out the meaning behind ocean “fairy rings.” In 2008 a tourist photographed some bizarre circles on the seafloor in shallow waters of the Baltic Ocean off the chalky cliffs ...

New Species of Fuzzy Daisy and Other Furry Flora

With chilly weather on the way, most of us are pulling our fuzzy coats out of the back of the closet. A new species of daisy already has itself covered—and what a cool-looking coat. Researchers found Coespeletia palustris during ...

Bats Use Rolled-Up Leaves as “Trumpets”

By Ker Than- A species of tiny bat seems to be using rolled-up leaves like trumpets to amplify calls, a new study says. A few years ago, biologists Gloriana Chaverri and Erin Gillam were in Costa Rica studying Spix’s ...

Bats Use Rolled-Up Leaves as “Trumpets”

By Ker Than- A species of tiny bat seems to be using rolled-up leaves like trumpets to amplify calls, a new study says. A few years ago, biologists Gloriana Chaverri and Erin Gillam were in Costa Rica studying Spix’s ...

Plants “Hear” Herbivores Coming—and Prepare

By Kate Horowitz At the first whiff of a mountain lion, a mouse might scamper away, a rabbit might freeze, and a stray dog might prepare for a fight. These instinctive responses, so crucial to survival, are surprisingly common: New ...