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The greatest colonisers on earth? Plants. And this is how they did it

The world 500 million years ago looked very different. Then we found that two large groups of genes appeared in plants during their transition onto land.
Plants extinction

To feed the world by 2050, we will have to build the plants that evolution didn’t

In 2050, we may have almost 10 billion people to feed. And farmland is already degraded by existing agriculture and climate change.
Previous studies have exaggerated the ability of indoor plants in purifying air | Pixabay

Potted plants don’t really improve indoor air quality, finds new study by US university

Researchers from US' Drexel University claim that decades of studies have vastly exaggerated the ability of indoor plants in removing volatile organic compounds.
Plants extinction

Extinction is normal but plants going extinct 350 times faster should alarm us

Earth is seeing an unprecedented loss of species, which some ecologists are calling a sixth mass extinction. More recently, 571 plant species were declared extinct.

This is how plants communicate danger, and it’s trippy

ScientiFix, a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to the best sources to read them.

Our ancient ancestors deserve thanks for the cheese we eat today

Humans have been making cheese using the utensils, plants and techniques available to Neolithic farmers.

On Camera

Animals have come home. Covid-19 lockdown gives control back into nature’s hands

With people in India and elsewhere locked down in homes due to the coronavirus, the peaceful reclamation of public spaces by animals is teaching us important lessons.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.