A relatively small cluster of genetic information, some of it dating to 60 million years ago, endows the staple fruit of summer with its taste and texture. The secrets of the tomato, star of summer gardens, salads and gazpacho, is now laid out for plant breeders and horticulturists in exacting detail.
Plants are able to remember information and react to it, thanks to an internal communications system that can be likened to a central nervous system in animals, according to a new study by a Polish plant biologist.
Plants "remember" information about light, and a certain type of cell transmits that information, much like nerves do in animals.
It was June, a summer day like any other, when thousands of green invaders arrived at the Plaice Cove beach in Hampton, New Hampshire. The eerie green globs, which looked and felt like Brillo pads, were everywhere. Marine biologist Ellen Goethel was summoned to explain what they were, but she had never seen anything like them. She wasn't even sure if they were natural or man-made.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.