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Can Plants See? In the Wake of a Controversial Study, the Answer’s Still Unclear
A tiny pilot study found that so-called chameleon vines mimicked plastic leaves, but experts say poor study design and conflicts of interest undermine the report.
Can Plants See? In the Wake of a Controversial Study, the Answer’s Still Unclear
Can Plants See? In the Wake of a Controversial Study, the Answer’s Still Unclear

A tiny pilot study found that so-called chameleon vines mimicked plastic leaves, but experts say poor study design and conflicts of interest undermine the report.

A tiny pilot study found that so-called chameleon vines mimicked plastic leaves, but experts say poor study design and conflicts of interest undermine the report.

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Adriana Hoffmann, Botanist and Environmentalist, Dies at Age 82
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Apr 18, 2022 | 4 min read
Hoffmann traveled through Chile cataloging its rare flora. Later, she fought to defend the country’s forests from commercial deforestation.
Native Americans Crossed the Pacific Long Before Europeans
Abby Olena, PhD | Jul 8, 2020 | 4 min read
Genetic evidence points to individuals from South America having possibly floated on a raft to Polynesian islands about 500 years before Europeans navigated there.
Life Rides the Wind in the Desert
Ashley Yeager | Dec 1, 2019 | 4 min read
As the afternoon breezes blow harder in the Atacama Desert—a place so desolate it’s used as a model of Mars—more microbes move into its driest regions.
Loa water frog from 2015
Image of the Day: Last Loa Water Frogs
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 27, 2019 | 1 min read
Scientists hope to breed the species in captivity because their habitat has nearly disappeared.
Ancient Andeans Had Novel Genetic Advantages to Adapt to Altitude
Ashley Yeager | Oct 19, 2018 | 3 min read
Unlike other populations living at high altitude, Andeans didn’t rely on hypoxia-related genes.
Scientists in Chile Protest Mummy Study
Jim Daley | Mar 29, 2018 | 2 min read
The Chilean government contends that the remains of a mummified fetus, recently sequenced by US researchers, were exhumed illegally.
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