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I Am a Botanist (And No, I Don't Grow Marijuana)

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 09.09.2014 | Science
Dr. Chris Martine

We should not be reluctant to embrace the one word that has always encompassed everything that we do: botany, the study of plants. Our work is critical to the health of the planet and the ages-old quest to better understand it. Our skills, our talents, and our passion are needed now more than ever.

In Pursuit of Persistence

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

What factors influence our drive to persist? Perhaps instead of encouragement along the way, we're exposed to criticism that inhibits our progress. By contrast, an appreciative audience can spur us on like a favorable tail wind.

The 12 Best Indoor Plants

Domino | Posted 09.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Domino

Thinking about bringing in some greenery to boost that indoor scenery? Here are a dozen healthy picks. 1. Ferns 2. Ficus tree 3. Fiddle-leaf ficus ...

Twin Putrid 'Corpse' Flowers Causing A Blooming Stink

Reuters | Letitia Stein | Posted 06.24.2014 | Weird News

(Reuters) - The blossoming of twin "corpse" flowers, whose towering, phallic-shaped blooms reek of rotten flesh, is drawing tourists like flies to wha...

Corley Gibbs: The Role of Duplicated Genes as Plants Respond to Environment

Duke University | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Duke University

Plants live a sedentary life (in case you forgot) but that doesn't mean they live a boring one. In order for plants to survive they must be constantly responding to the environment around them.

Secret Messages of Your House Plants

Daisy J Lin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Comedy
Daisy J Lin

Some people have a green thumb. I once had a roommate who had this gift. The contrast between our rooms was distinct. My room was drab post college Ikea ticky tack. His room was an Amazonian jungle.

A Plethora of Patio Plants

GalTime | Posted 06.21.2014 | HuffPost Home
GalTime

For many fruits and vegetables, the sun can be too harsh, drying soil too quickly, burning leaves, soaring too high for pollination. In Florida, where I grow, I'm all too familiar with the sun and its downside.

Dear America: "Will You Marry the Future?"

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green
Alison Winfield Burns

Who would go on a blind date, flub it like crazy -- and expect a second chance? The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In an...

Solving the Problem Means Actually Solving the Problem

Josh Tetrick | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

The world requires profound and urgent changes in energy and education and food and healthcare. And whether chicken eggs or cars or cookies, it requires all of us to toss stale, incremental thinking back on the shelf.

How The Hot Pepper Got Its Kick

| Thomas Sumner | Posted 01.27.2014 | Science

Things are heating up in the world of genetics. The hot pepper (Capsicum annuum) is one of the most widely grown spice crops globally, playing an impo...

How Smart Are Plants?

The New Yorker | Posted 12.24.2013 | Green

Scientists debate a new way of understanding flora....

Jungle Beat: Hilo's Famous Banyan Trees

Barbara Fahs | Posted 02.05.2014 | Hawaii
Barbara Fahs

The banyan, which hails from India and is considered sacred there, is one of the world's largest trees.

Not Going to Finish Your Vegetables? Maybe You Can Blame Your Genes

David Ropeik | Posted 01.27.2014 | Home
David Ropeik

That mushy steamed spinach au gratin? The Brussels sprouts in... whatever that sauce is? There may be more than a bit of green left on the plate when you push the chair back from the Thanksgiving dinner table. And if you get any grief for not finishing your vegetables, you may have evolution, and fear, to blame.

This Simple Desk Addition Will Unlock Your Productivity

Posted 11.22.2013 | HuffPost Home

Cabin fever is creeping in, bringing with it all manner of winter ills, including colds, boredom and lack of productivity. But an ongoing body of rese...

The Faithful Shopper: Happy Hostess

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, it seems like everyone has made plans to visit family, friends and other loved ones for this quintessen...

A New Paris Walk: La Petite Ceinture

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

New York City has the High Line that runs alongside one mile of the old West Side Line Central Railroad, a nice and green elevated hike, which was des...

Millions of Seeds Saved for Humanity

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Sidonie Sawyer

Should a natural disaster strike, or should human error launch a cataclysmic event (on purpose or not), the vault would act as a safe-deposit box containing the seeds no longer available in traditional seed banks.

Why Is the Succulent in My Terrarium Rotting?

Quora | Posted 12.27.2013 | Green
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Sarah Householder, Product Designer at Quora Rotting usually means there is too much moistur...

LOOK: Hundreds Of New Species Found In The Amazon

Posted 10.23.2013 | Green

At least 441 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in a remote part of the Amazon rain forest, according to the World Wildlife Fund. ...

Scientists Discover How Trees Get The Midas Touch

| Sid Perkins | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science

Money may not grow on trees, but gold does—or at least it accumulates inside of them. Scientists have found that trees growing over deeply buried de...

Should You Care About Every Single Endangered Species?

Posted 10.16.2013 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Tom Oder: Should you care that an obscure flower that only grows in a very limited area, serves no obvious purpose, an...

Why This Plant Has A Great Deal To Offer

Tara Heibel | Posted 12.13.2013 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

For this week's Sprout Home, expert Tara Heibel is answering common questions about nightshades. Find out what this plant is all about.

The Case for Invasive Species

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Can we win the war against invasive species? Should we even fight it?

Jungle Beat: We Got Critters

Barbara Fahs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Barbara Fahs

Do the Hawaiian authorities not want to inconvenience arriving tourists, for fear of losing the precious dollars they add to the State's economy? Or do they just not care? Is the "aloha spirit" too loosey-goosey?

The Begonia Monologues

Mike Diamond | Posted 11.20.2013 | HuffPost Home
Mike Diamond

Am I the only person who longs for there to be a soulful rock diva named Tina Turnip? I have considered adopting one of the following as a pen name: Pete Moss, Phil O'Dendron, Bud Blast. If I were a drag queen I'd call myself 'Tacky Sandra'; keep me hydrated and I spread easily!