Menus Subscribe Search

Follow us


Plants

Recent posts

The Things We Eat

fresh-melons

Melon Love: From Raphael to Tenacious D, a Brief History of Erotic Plants

As Walter Benjamin predicted would happen in “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Production,” the eroticization of plant life has become yet another ritualistic art victimized by a technology.

The Things We Eat

sick-sunflower

The Healthy Benefits of a Stressed Out Plant

The biological principle of xenohormesis suggests that organic farming advocates might very well be pampering their plants into nutritional laziness.

 

yards

Why Does Your Yard Look the Same as Every Other Yard?

If you’re looking for the homogenizing impulse in American society, you need search no further than your own lawn.

 

injection-needle

The Cheaper, Bacteria-Derived Future of Drugs

Drugs made from plants are often too expensive for the people who need them. A group of scientists may have found a solution.

 

Botanist Brings Trees to the Israeli Desert

Deep in the driest and hottest part of Israel, a California-born botanist is trying to remake the Negev Desert with productive trees that thrive on abuse.

 

Endangered Species Act Candidates Getting Prioritized

The Byzantine legal process of placing plants and animals on America’s endangered species list swallows the efforts of the agency that curates the list. A new agreement may untangle the mess.

 

Flowers Make Women More Receptive to Romance

A French researcher finds flowers really do put women in a romantic mood.

 

10 Memorable Threads from 2010

Miller-McCune’s Web editor loves all of his progeny, especially these — and these, and those.

 

Tracking Invasive Species from Riverside to Pandora

Plant physiologist Jodie Holt’s study and management of weeds has earned her kudos in Hollywood and in academe.

 

Solar on the Cheap: Thanks Purple Pokeberry!

A dye made from the purple pokeberry — a common weed — proves uncommonly effective at juicing up the prospects for solar power.

 

A Better Connection for Refugee Plants

Software used to optimize flow for jets and phone calls adds a new wrinkle in protecting plants migrating due to climate change.

 

Bamboo Houses to the Rescue

Bamboo houses combat climate change, encourage economic growth and protect the poor from natural disaster. Why aren’t there more of them?

 

The Lotus as Water Repellant

Sto Corp’s self-cleaning Lotusan exterior paint uses the plant’s micro-structural qualities to remove dirt just after a rain.

 

Something Wicked This Way Grows

Oh, sure, they look pretty, but don’t be fooled. Some flora will explode in your face, some will take over the earth if left unchecked, some could kill you or make you wish you were dead. Here is a top 10 list of the planet’s evil greens.

 

‘Inferno’ alter ego: Cogongrass

 

 

‘Sunburn’ alter ego: Blister Bush

 

 

‘Dr. Spawn’ alter ego: Ragweed

 

 

‘The Strangler’ alter ego: Kudzu

 

 

‘Toxic’ alter ego: Sago Palm

 

 

‘Smoke’ alter ego: Tobacco

 

A weekly roundup of the best of Pacific Standard and PSmag.com, delivered straight to your inbox.

Follow us


My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

Unlocking Consciousness

A study of vegetative patients closes in on the nature of consciousness.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

Copyright © 2014 by Pacific Standard and The Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy. All Rights Reserved.