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Watch the world’s worst-smelling flower bloom before it’s too late

Watch the world’s worst-smelling flower bloom before it’s too late Thousands of people are heading to the New York Botanical gardens, and many more are tuning in online to watch a flower bloom.That may seem odd, especially since the flower smells of rotting flesh, but for the Amorphophallus titanium, also known as the corpse flower, it’s a rare event indeed.

Scientists figure out how to tweak plant genomes to boost photosynthesis

Scientists figure out how to tweak plant genomes to boost photosynthesis Ample sunlight is good…except when there’s too much of it, which can cause damage to the plant’s cells.As the sun moves across the sky, changes in light can leave many leaves in the shade with a depressed rate of photosynthesis.

Buildings that breathe: Italian architect’s ‘Vertical Forest’ to sprout in China

Buildings that breathe: Italian architect’s ‘Vertical Forest’ to sprout in China It began in Milan with the Bosco Verticale (Italian for “Vertical Forest”), two looming skyscrapers covered in thousands of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants.In the case of the original Vertical Forest, that included nearly 12,000 square yards of forest.

No need to plug it in, plug it in: The Airy air purifier uses no electricity

No need to plug it in, plug it in: The Airy air purifier uses no electricity In addition to sprucing up your home, some studies have found that plants can improve indoor air quality.First introduced on Kickstarter back in 2015, the Airy system is a plant pot that also serves as an air purifier.

These cute little succulents look like bunnies throwing up the peace sign

These cute little succulents look like bunnies throwing up the peace sign Case in point: these adorable little plants, which are currently enchanting Twitter users in Japan.Scientifically, they're called monilaria moniliformis or monilaria obconica, but you can call them "bunny plants" for short.

Don’t eat this spinach: Scientists grow heart tissue on Popeye’s favorite greens

Don’t eat this spinach: Scientists grow heart tissue on Popeye’s favorite greens Chances are that when you think about cutting-edge bioengineering techniques for growing heart tissue, the word “spinach” isn’t the first thing that springs to mind.Their work is described in a new paper, attractively titled “Crossing kingdoms: Using decelluralized plants as perfusable tissue engineering scaffolds.