The roots of an early plant partnership

The first land plants quickly formed relationships with fungi

The roots of an early plant partnership

When plants began colonizing land over 450 million years ago they met rock. Lots of rock. And only rock. At least, that’s the image many people imagine.

But soil has been teeming with life for billions of years. Even many geologists are surprised to learn that land was not barren before plants came along, says Paul Kenrick, who studies ancient soils at the London Museum of Natural History. “You shouldn’t be embarrassed about thinking that,” he says. “I think a lot of people actually think that way.”

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The fight to save coral

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I got drunk off of absinthe and didn’t hallucinate. What gives?

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Historical reports of “absinthism” probably just described severe alcoholism

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Historical reports of “absinthism” probably just described severe alcoholism

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Printing out a plane, piece by piece

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Breaking limits in science and life

A woman astronomer’s 20-year quest to find 100 Earth-like planets is within reach

social science

Televised Debates: Insert Audience Response Here

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The motivation for audiences to participate in presidential debates is more than just party fever

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