Do Plants Have Something to Say?

Back in 1973, an explosively popular book, “The Secret Life of Plants,” made pseudoscientific claims about plants, including that they enjoy classical music and can read human minds.“I want people to realize that the world is full of magic, but not as something only some people can do, or something that is outside of this world,” she said. Read more »

Fewer Inspections for Aging Nuclear Plants, Regulators Propose

WASHINGTON — A new report by staff members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees the safety of the nation’s 59 aging nuclear power plants, recommends that the commissioners significantly weaken or reduce safety inspections of the plants.Democrats in Congress and nuclear safety advocates criticized the report’s proposals, saying they reflect the influence of an industry seeking to cut regulations rather than improve public safety. Read more »

During a Solar Eclipse, What Are Plants Doing?

Science|During a Solar Eclipse, What Are Plants Doing?TrilobitesResearch conducted during the Great American Eclipse of 2017 suggests the sun’s midday disappearance shocks some plants. Read more »

You Can Talk to Plants. Maybe You Should Listen.

ImageVisitors to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden can hear a version of the songs these corn plants have to sing.CreditCreditMarcos Brindicci/ReutersWhat does a plant sound like? Read more »