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Category: Botany

  • Fourth-grader plays major role in effort to save the monarch butterfly

    On a recent afternoon, the dining room of the Steadman family’s stately home in South Riding was filled with books, notepads, family photos — and roughly 200 insects. Atop a wooden cabinet, a large net enclosure was filled with bunches … Continue reading

  • Study claims birds influence color of fruit

    Fruits can get their colors from a lot of places. New research suggests that the color preferences of the animals that eat fruit are among the strongest influences on fruit color. It’s an assumption scientists have always made, but now … Continue reading

  • Decline of monarch butterflies linked to modern agriculture

    The massive migration of monarch butterflies is amazing—the insects go from grazing on milkweed plants as caterpillars in the midwest to spending winters in Mexico. But Monarch populations have been on the decline for some time, with a variety of … Continue reading

  • Meteorites Shock Plant Material in Time Capsules

    By: David Coppedge Bits of organic matter, leaves, and cells have been preserved in glass shocked by meteor impacts.  Could they last millions of years? In Geology, a scientist from Brown University with three colleagues reports finding glass spherules containing organic … Continue reading

  • Design in Australian plants—The Australian Greenhood Orchid

    It’s small and lives inconspicuously among the grasses of swamplands and is pollinated by gnats. Although the flowers are a dull non-eyecatching green, the engineering constructions by which it achieves its primary purpose of pollination are extremely impressive. The flower … Continue reading

  • The Singapore Evolution Garden

    by Tas Walker Singapore is a modern city-state and island at a crossroads of trade, travel and communications. Located in southeast Asia, it’s a prosperous city renowned for its skyscrapers, metro system, restaurants and parks. In 2005, the Singapore Botanic Gardens … Continue reading

  • Flower in Amber Shows No Evolution

    The details in a flower said to be 100 million years old look just like those in modern flowers. A beautifully-preserved set of flowers from an extinct angiosperm has been found in an amber mine from Myanmar.  The press release from … Continue reading

  • The Origins of Flowers: Evolution vs. God

    By R. L. David Jolly Have you ever wondered just how accurate evolutionists really are?  They are always claiming that evolution is a fact.  Most facts don’t change, but the so-called facts of evolution are always changing.  Almost all of … Continue reading

  • Home Cooking: Old Testament Israelite Style

    As a guy who is terribly equipped to do much in the kitchen, except start and stop the microwave oven, it’s almost hypocritical for me to discuss cooking in the ancient world! But my long-time research into how people lived … Continue reading

  • The rabbit doesn’t live there anymore!

    by Warwick Armstrong The rough-looking Australian standing next to a smaller Fijian man looked as if he had ‘been around’. Tattoos, a black T-shirt with something rude written across the front, and the outline of a cigarette packet bulging under the … Continue reading

  • Engineering Designs Found Throughout the Biosphere

    By David Coppedge News from biomimetics is coming in so fast, there’s only time for brief mentions in a growing list of living designs worth copying. From leaf to photocatalyst (PhysOrg): Engineers have “have used biologically inspired self-assembly to build … Continue reading

  • Pollen Fossils Warp Evolutionary Time

    by Brian Thomas, M.S., & Tim Clarey, Ph.D. Another support beam has fallen from evolution’s explanatory framework as European scientists now report the discovery of flowering plant fossils in Middle-Triassic rocks—conventionally assumed to be around 240 million years old. According to secular … Continue reading

  • Butterfly Wings: Inspiration for Waterproof Clothing?

    by Brian Thomas, M.S. What is the best way to shed water? Researchers writing in the journal Nature recently published some amazing water-repelling results that mimic butterfly wings’ tiny scales.1 These insects’ wings resist water with a marvelous efficiency that could inspire … Continue reading

  • Autumn leaves don’t Fall (by accident)

    by David Catchpoole In Autumn, deciduous1 trees don’t lose their leaves—they loose them. It is the final step in a highly ordered and carefully controlled process initiated in preparation for a resting period (winter) in above-ground portions of the tree. The pre-fabricated ‘AZ’ The place where … Continue reading

  • Newfound Nitrogen Harmony Saves Tropical Forest Trees

    by Brian Thomas, M.S. New research shows that tropical forests quickly recover after clear-cutting by using clever mechanisms to locate sufficient levels of nitrogen that they need to thrive. Publishing in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers representing Princeton … Continue reading

  • Boost Your Health Outdoors

    By David Coppedge Health experts keep finding more reasons for people of all ages to get active outside in nature. Wild kids:  Concerned that “kids have lost touch with nature and the outdoors in just one generation,” 400 organizations in … Continue reading

  • Plants Were Made for People

    By Dave Miller, Ph.D. God created plants for at least two very important purposes. First, plants were intended by God to serve as food for people and for animals. Genesis 1:29-31 says: “And God said, ‘See, I have given you … Continue reading

  • Venus Flytrap Catches Prey in 1/10th Second: Darwinists are Caught in Another Puzzle

    by Mike Keas In a summary article about the recent research of a team of German scientists, Colin Brownlee writes: The Venus flytrap digests and absorbs its prey, but how does it coordinate digestion and absorption to maximise the efficiency of this highly evolved mechanism? A new study that combines … Continue reading

  • Standing firm (Raymond Jones interview)

    A leading scientist’s life shows how ‘radical’ ideas can lead to the greatest breakthroughs. Don Batten and Carl Wieland talk to Raymond Jones Leucaena, the shrubby tree introduced to Australia’s seasonally dry tropics to increase beef production, caused the cattle grazing it to became … Continue reading

  • Flower Fossils 100,000,000 Years Out of Place?

    by Brian Thomas, M.S. European scientists have now discovered flowering plant fossils in rock layers supposedly 100,000,000 years older than expected.1 This new finding challenges conventional evolutionary assumptions as scientists struggle to account for what they interpret as an enormous time … Continue reading

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