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Throw Me A Meal!

A carnivorous plant of the sundew genus uses two different types of mechanisms to trap animals, new research shows. Scientists in Germany studied the sundew Drosera glanduligera to understand how this plant uses a catapult mechanism to throw flies into its sticky leaf centre where digestive enzymes break down insects to extract nutrients essential for the plant’s development.

Allelopathy: When Plants Attack!

Allelopathy: When Plants Attack!

Biochemical warfare used by aliens on the attack sounds like the plot of an apocalyptic sci-fi story. However under the ground there is biochemical warfare occurring, invaders being repelled and defenders being overcome.

Appropriate technology

Appropriate technology

Lydia Stevenson looks at technology developed to be appropriate for a particular area and sensitive to that area’s environmental, cultural, social and economic concerns.

Astrochemistry: An Emerging Science

Our understanding of the universe relies on many scientific disciplines to explain its structure and evolutionary mechanisms. Over the last few decades, the emerging science of ‘astrochemistry’ has begun to gain momentum in the field of astronomy.