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Why Are Adults Left Out of Hands-On Science Learning?

Marcos Stafne | Posted 12.07.2014 | Science
Marcos Stafne

A struggle I have with trying to learn science as an adult is that it's often a solitary activity. Working in a children's museum, I'm constantly trying to promote interactive science experiences for kids, but outside museums I haven't found consistent hands-on opportunities for adults to deepen my understanding of science.

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

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 10.14.2014 | 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.

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...

8-Year-Old Botanist Has Quite The Impressive Green Thumb

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents

This clip is part of HuffPost Live's "Tell Me Why" series, featuring young enthusiasts discussing the subjects they're passionate about -- from horror...

Finding Your Career 2.0 in Conservation Science: One Woman's Story

Kayri Havens | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green
Kayri Havens

There are a lot of inspiring women going into this field, and you can be one of them.

In Living Color: Plant Dyeing With Sasha Duerr

Dark Rye | Posted 01.26.2014 | Taste
Dark Rye

Sasha Duerr was a painter, but something in her oil paints was making her sick. She looked to the natural world and found a rich bounty of color that artificially produced paints couldn't begin to duplicate.

The Medicine Man and the Microchip

Amazon Conservation Team | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amazon Conservation Team

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWhen the milk we drink and the food we eat are laced with antibiotics, it is time to address this threat both to us and to future generations.

Revenge of the Bees: How I Nearly Lost my Ear in Australia

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Dr. Chris Martine

I am but a mild-mannered botanist -- and certainly more of a lover than a fighter. But after a decade of studying the unusual sexual habits of "bush tomatoes" in the northern Australian wilds, my voyeurism may have finally caught up with me.

WATCH: Scientists Marvel At Record-Setting Fruit Tree

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.28.2013 | Science

A celebrated pear tree in Danvers, Mass. still bears fruit at the ripe old age of 383, more or less -- and biologists find its remarkable longevity a ...

Back to School: The World Is a (Sometimes Awkward) Party

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 10.28.2013 | College
Dr. Chris Martine

I was cruising and they seemed to be with me. And then it happened: I hit that moment where lecture becomes more like theatre -- where one becomes less "professor/orator" and more "actor/dancer/performer."

Katie Scott - Body of Work (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 10.15.2013 | Arts
Crane.tv

Katie Scott came to fore by way of a cover art and poster commission by British band Bombay Bicycle Club. As a result, her work - strongly influence...

The Day That Botany Took on Bobby Jindal by Just Being Itself

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 10.05.2013 | Science
Dr. Chris Martine

In any given year, the biggest buzz coming out of the annual national Botany conference is normally among the botanists ourselves. This year, however, we've been painted as either the heroic defenders of evolutionary biology or the attackers of Louisiana's right to worship freely.

Even in Death, Scientists Make New Discoveries

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 09.16.2013 | Science
Dr. Chris Martine

Science is a cumulative endeavor. Everything we do is built upon and inspired by the men and women who came before us. Sometimes they leave threads of things we can only hope to sew into something more whole. Today I am doing some sewing.

Zombies and the Plants Who Can't Wait for Them to Take Over

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Dr. Chris Martine

Without real places for flies to lay eggs, for example, the flowers of terrible scent have nothing to aspire to. You can't mimic something that doesn't exist. Or can you?

Top New Plant Species of Last Year (and the Hottest Job of the Future)

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 03.25.2013 | Green
Dr. Chris Martine

You might think that we could have found all of the plants by now. They don't evade capture or bite you when you catch them. Unlike microbes, they aren't invisible without a lens. Yet, more than 150 new plant species were published in academic journals in 2012.

Weird Cave-Dwelling Species Leaves Botanist 'Spellbound'

Posted 01.01.2013 | Science

By: Live Science Staff Published: 12/31/2012 08:00 AM EST on LiveScience One might not expect flowering plants with pinkish petals to be flourishi...

WATCH: Bugs Slide To Doom Inside Carnivorous Plant

| Posted 12.21.2012 | Science

The carnivorous pitcher plant is nature's own honey trap, luring insects to their doom with drops of nectar and other enticements. But once an insect...

Mistletoe and Holly: Sinatra's Paen to Parasitism and Gender Issues?

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 02.18.2013 | Green
Dr. Chris Martine

"Mistletoe and Holly" is a holiday masterpiece. But I know the biology of those two plants that Mr. Sinatra croons about... and that makes me wonder: Is there more to this song than standard Christmas cheer?

After Sandy: Seeds of Hope

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dr. Chris Martine

In modern times, as our populations grew and our reliance on agriculture became greater, so grew our consciousness of the fact that the sustenance of the global population was dependent on stewardship of the seed resources we had developed.

Plants Are Cool, Too

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 12.15.2012 | College
Dr. Chris Martine

Shining brightly on the screen were images of whole tree leaves being peeled from the surfaces of 15-million-year-old rocks. I did a double take. "Wait, the leaves, themselves, are 15 million years old? And you can hold them in your hands?"

WATCH: Meat-Eating Plant Snaps Up Prey FAST

| Posted 10.01.2012 | Science

by Elizabeth Pennisi Many carnivorous plants snag prey by luring them onto sticky surfaces from which there is no escape. But a common sundew (Drose...

WATCH: Bad Weather Helps Meat-Eating Plant Trap Bug

Posted 06.16.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 06/13/2012 06:17 PM EDT on LiveScience One species of ant-eating carnivorous plant has a...

LOOK: Carnivorous Plants In The Suburbs

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.08.2012 | DC

DERWOOD, Md. -- There are more than 650 carnivorous plants in the world and Michael Szesze guesses he's got about "four to five hundred" of them growi...

What Scientists' Gene Feat Means For Picky Eaters

Posted 07.30.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/30/2012 01:07 PM EDT on LiveScience For years scientists have slaved away, trying t...

Iconic American Tree Poised For Comeback, Gene Scientists Say

Posted 04.16.2012 | Science

By: OurAmazingPlanet Staff Published: 04/16/2012 09:23 AM EDT on OurAmazingPlanet Once plentiful, the American chestnut tree has largely disappear...