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Drinking the Clouds

Team Describes Unique Desert Cloud Forest: Trees that live in an odd desert forest in Oman have found an unusual way to water themselves by extracting moisture from low-lying clouds, MIT scientists report. In an area that is characterized mostly by desert, the trees have preserved an ecological niche because they exploit a wispy-thin source…

You have until August 29th to write a post about trees, or a particular tree, or a picture of a really cool tree, or a poem about a tree…and send it to Burning Silo for the next edition of the Festival of the Trees

Well, this Friday Weird Sex Blogging is not going to be so unique. After all, Janet and Zuzu have already blogged about it, but who can resist a phallic-looking, rotten-meat smelling, fly-attracting flower! And it is not a B-grade movie on the sci-fi channel. This is real! The Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum), in all its…

The Quotable Tree

The second Festival of the Trees is up on Roundrock Journal. It’s big and beautiful!

Hot Peppers – Why Are They Hot?

Some plants do not want to get eaten. They may grow in places difficult to approach, they may look unappetizing, or they may evolve vile smells. Some have a fuzzy, hairy or sticky surface, others evolve thorns. Animals need to eat those plants to survive and plants need not be eaten by animals to survive,…

The first edition of the Festival of the Trees, the blog carnival of tree lovers, is up on Via Negativa. It is huge and beautiful!

The persistence of circadian rhythmicity during long bouts of hibernation in mammals has been a somewhat controversial topic in the literature. While some studies suggest that circadian clock is active during hibernation, other studies dispute this. Apparently, the truth is somewhere in-between – it differs between species: Not all hibernating animals retain apparent circadian rhythmicity…