The new electrically conductive substrate could be the future of hydroponic farming.
The technology could yield "made-to-order resistance genes" to protect crops against pathogens and pests.
The discovery suggests that the "Boring Billion" period of evolution on Earth wasn't so boring after all.
Capsaicin is already used to treat nerve pain. Early research hints it could do more.
We want to fight invasive species. But to wage a war, you have to know who your enemy is.
Civil engineer Martin Lebek has a brilliant plan to redress the world’s phosphorus imbalance.
The material is both stronger and lighter than those used to make conventional power plant turbines.
Plants at room temperature show properties we had only seen near absolute zero.
In many ways, it was worse than Chernobyl.
This biochemist is determined to create a new life form by reversing the shape of molecules.
The world is facing many crises, and we should look to natural interdependence and ancient wisdom as we explore science for solutions.
All biological systems are wildly disordered. Yet somehow, that disorder enables plant photosynthesis to be nearly 100% efficient.
Quantum physics is starting to show up in unexpected places. Indeed, it is at work in animals, plants, and our own bodies.
Meet the power plant of the future.
Fossil Cycad National Monument held America’s richest deposit of petrified cycadeoid plants, until it didn’t.
Its apples taste bad, but institutions all over the world want a descendant or clone of the tree, anyway.
Pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are made with chemicals derived from oil. Scientists have shown how to make them from trees.
Overwintering is profoundly stressful for trees. So why do they bother?
It is generally ineffective, occasionally poisonous, and driving numerous species to the brink of extinction.
Eat your beans.
Brian C. Muraresku, New York Times best-selling author of "The Immortality Key," unpacks ancient evidence for the widespread ritual use of psychoactive plants.