Botanical

Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library

Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library

San Francisco-based startup Hampton Creek already has a couple of wins under its belt with its egg-free mayonnaise and dairy-free cookies. But its recent announcement that Dan Zigmond, formerly lead data

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9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

Countertop Succulent Vignette Create a mini world of wildlife by planting a few small succulents in mason jars and creating a harmonious countertop garden. For a more rustic look, try a mason jar with a

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How Sick Plants Can Pinpoint the Location of Deadly Hidden Landmines

How Sick Plants Can Pinpoint the Location of Deadly Hidden Landmines

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond just discovered an amazing way to save thousands of lives taken by explosive land mines every year. According to a recent study by the

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Rooftops are tough place for plants: they're vulnerable to intense heat, cold, wind and drought, plus they can’t support a lot of weight, so the plants need to grow in just a few inches of soil

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Opiary’s Terraformed Furniture Invites Nature Indoors

Opiary’s Terraformed Furniture Invites Nature Indoors

One can never have too many plants in the house, and Opiary's new line of terraformed furniture allows you to bring even more of the outside world into your space. This furniture series can actually be

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5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

If there is one unifying characteristic among the weeds of the world, it's strength. Unlike many intentionally cultivated plants, weeds tend to be tolerant of the poorest growing conditions, which they

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5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

Bioremediation can refer to the use of microbes, fungi (mycoremediation) or plants (phytoremediation) that have the ability to remove pollutants from the environment. Microbes and fungi generally

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The Sanctuaria Project Provides a Last Refuge for Disappearing Plant Species

The Sanctuaria Project Provides a Last Refuge for Disappearing Plant Species

  Designed by Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar, a Dutch designer who aims to bridge the gap between nature and man-made objects, Sanctuaria is an art installation aimed to preserve miniature

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Vertecology Hanging Garden Lets Urban Dwellers Grow Gardens in Small Spaces

Vertecology Hanging Garden Lets Urban Dwellers Grow Gardens in Small Spaces

Got an itchy green thumb for an organic garden but not the space to support it? Introducing the Vertocology Hanging Garden, a vertical structure created by Eugene-based Mark Scott Lavin that's perfect for

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable

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5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

In recent years, a number of scientists have had success with transferring the genetic material responsible for bioluminescence into plants that don't normally glow in the dark. The goal is to eventually

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Color Calendar to Help You Keep Flowers Blooming All Year Long

INFOGRAPHIC: A Color Calendar to Help You Keep Flowers Blooming All Year Long

Summer may be on the decline up here in the northern hemisphere, but that doesn't mean that your world will be flower-less until next spring. There are many species that bloom right through autumn, and

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DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

Aquaponics = aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) + hydroponics (growing vegetables and herbs without soil). You may have seen examples of this revolutionary way of growing food in some of the

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Artificial Leaf Can Make Oxygen in Space with Water and Light

Artificial Leaf Can Make Oxygen in Space with Water and Light

It seems like we are constantly getting a little bit closer to being able to live in outer space, but one teeny-tiny little detail keeps holding us back: oxygen. Plants just don’t like zero gravity

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DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

The supple branches of willow trees are a prime material to start with. We’ve all seen baskets woven from willow branches, but it’s possible to weave the branches while they're still alive to create

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What’s a Pop-Up Cornfield Doing in the Heart of Milan?

What’s a Pop-Up Cornfield Doing in the Heart of Milan?

The corn was planted in early June and cultivated on a farmstead close to Milan, and was moved into the centre of the city a few nights ago, giving the impression that a huge field of corn had sprouted

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Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

With all of the pies, muffins, and preserves that are being created this season (not to mention the pumpkins that'll be carved a few months from now), there will be an extraordinary windfall of seeds to

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia's lotus pavilion was inspired by local flora, but it holds a universal message. "Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof

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Seed-Saving Part 1: Harvesting and Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Seed-Saving Part 1: Harvesting and Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Another great aspect of harvest season is that it’s the time of year when most plants go to seed, thus ensuring a strong new crop for the following spring. Those of you with food gardens have probably

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Moment Factory Creates Stunning Foresta Lumina Night Walk in Quebec

Moment Factory Creates Stunning Foresta Lumina Night Walk in Quebec

The park hosts 28 kilometers of walking trails around the 50-meter (164-foot) deep gorge, as well as the longest suspension footbridge in the world. After dark, visitors to Foresta Lumina can explore an

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Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit!

Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit!

In a magical marriage of art and nature, Sam Van Aken has created a living fairytale tree that blooms in multiple colors and produces 40 different kinds of fruit. Artist and Syracuse University art

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7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food Forest

7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food Forest

Fruit trees cost anywhere from $20 to $100, which can be cost-prohibitive for some, especially if you’re looking to establish a neighborhood-scale orchard. Some people attempt to grow their own from the

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Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

California's crippling drought has forced many residents to cut back on water-wasting activities, but one company is making the best of a bad situation by helping them keep their lawns looking good by

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Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona’s Raval Theatre

Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona’s Raval Theatre

Construction started on the Raval Theatre vertical garden in November of 2013 and it was quickly completed that December. The theater is located in Pedró Square in the Raval District of Barcelona, and

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Amazing Green-Walled Japanese Bathroom Answers Nature’s Call

Amazing Green-Walled Japanese Bathroom Answers Nature’s Call

Botanical artist Makoto Azuma recently teamed up with Naruse-Inokuma Architects to design a beautiful bathroom that is overflowing with leafy green foliage! The temporary space was installed at Tokyo’s

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7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The issue with annuals,

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Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora Outside Ramallah

Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora Outside Ramallah

We’ve created a space up on our hill for our families, students, parents, teachers, artisans, and any nature lover in general to engage as environmental activists on sacred heritage land in Palestine.

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This Garden Will Tell You When Pollution in Your Area Gets Bad

This Garden Will Tell You When Pollution in Your Area Gets Bad

Have you ever wondered what the air quality is like in your own yard or your immediate neighborhood? There is an easy way to tell and it also happens to make your home look amazing while doing it. The

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Norman Foster’s Grand Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in London is Almost Finished

Norman Foster’s Grand Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in London is Almost Finished

London's Crossrail Station stands by the waters of Canary Wharf's North Dock, just steps away from the underground station -- also designed by Foster & Partners. Its unique design will feature a

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Could Golden Nanoparticles Transform Trees Into Street Lights?

Could Golden Nanoparticles Transform Trees Into Street Lights?

Street lights are an important part of our urban infrastructure—they light our way home and make the roads safe at night. But what if we could create natural street lights that don't need electricity to

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