In the spirit of the Halloween season, there is (somewhat sensationalized, but fun) news of a mouse eaten by a pitcher plant (Nepenthes truncata) in France. Also, pumpkin and palm seed oil are being used in Africa as a cheaper, alternative biofuel to power communication networks.
The Aura Ozone Monitoring Garden project uses ozone sensitive plants to monitor air quality
A Weather Record in Tree Rings – a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes how scientists are using tree rings to determine the historic occurrence of strong storms, such as hurricanes.
Invention imitating nature – Lotus leaves can ‘self-clean’ by repelling water and preventing adherence of dirt particles. Materials scientists at Georgia Tech are modeling new products such as implantable medical devices after the self-cleaning properties of the lotus leaf.
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