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Tree Huggers: 5 steps to Saving and Preserving Trees

One single tree can produce up to 260 pounds of oxygen per year. The more we use paper products though, that number diminishes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States alone…

A single aspen tree covers over 100 acres in Utah. (Cat Rooney/Epoch Times)

World’s Oldest and Heaviest Tree

Estimated to be between 80,000 and 1,000,000 years old, a quaking aspen grove (Populus tremuloides) in Utah’s Fishlake National Forest wins the prize for not only oldest organism, but also heaviest. With over…

Tourists look at the blooming Titan Arum plant July 22, 2013 at the US Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), also known as the corpse flower or stinky plant, is blooming and it may remain in bloom for 24 to 48 hours, and then it will collapse quickly. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

World’s Tallest Flower

Reaching heights of over 10 feet, Amorphophallus titanium, produces the world’s tallest unbranched flower. Commonly referred to as the corpse flower, or corpse plant, this plant is native to Indonesia, but due to its…

Gomphidius glutinosus is a common woodland mushroom that concentrates radioactive cesium-137 to over 10,000 times background levels. (Bernd Haynold/Wikimedia Commons)

Radiation-Loving Fungi Can Remove Toxic Waste

When Russian scientists sent a robot into the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 2007, the last thing they expected to find was life. Inside the most radioactive areas of the breached core was…

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Fall Equinox 2014: Time, Date, and Definition for Autumnal Equinox

The September Equinox, also known as the Autumnal or Autumn Equinox, is set to take place later this month. The date will actually be different depending on where you are, the National Weather…

Plant Specialist Dustin McMahon pollinates genetically modified corn plants at Monsanto headquarters in St Louis, Mo., May 21, 2009. Monsanto developed Roundup and Roundup-resistant crops, but weeds developed resistance to Roundup. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

Superweeds and the Chemical Dependency of American Farmers

Weeds are an age-old obstacle for farmers, but when chemical and seed giant Monsanto first introduced glyphosate (better known as Roundup), it seemed like the struggle was finally over. Today, however, over 60…

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New Findings on How Plants ‘Talk’ to Each Other: Virginia Tech Scientist

Two plants can communicate with each other by swapping messenger molecules, according to new findings by a Virginia Tech scientist. Jim Westwood, a professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science, at Virginia…

A mother sperm whale and her calf off the coast of Mauritius. (Gabriel Barathieu/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons)

How Whale Feces Help You Breathe

Half of the world’s oxygen is provided by phytoplankton, an aquatic organism that functions as a carbon sink and whose name means “wandering plants” in Greek. All fish depend on phytoplankton, whether directly…

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NYC Marine Life Bolstered by Israeli Technology

NEW YORK—An Israeli company specialized in ecologically friendly solutions for coastal and marine infrastructure is making its mark on New York City. Tel Aviv-based ECOncrete is engaged in two waterfront projects in Brooklyn…

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Fracking and the Affect on Food

Last week Mario Batali and Bill Telepan submitted an Op-Ed piece to the New York Daily News on the topic of fracking. You may recall an article we did last year breaking down…

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