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Plants Communicate Through Their Own Underground Network (Video)

Plants and fungus have a very symbiotic relationship. Along with providing nutrients, plants are able to communicate to each other through fungi's mycelium. (AOL Screenshot)
Plants and fungus have a very symbiotic relationship. Along with providing nutrients, plants are able to communicate to each other through fungi's mycelium. (AOL Screenshot)

Humans and animals have many different ways to communicate with each other. It appears that plants are capable of doing the same. Similar to humans...


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    Five Reasons to Hope for the Planet

       Jane Goodall is not only arguably the most famous conservationist who ever lived, but also the most well-known and respected female scientist on the... Read more

  • Illegal deforestation for oil palm within the Leuser Ecosystem. Photo by Rhett Butler.

    Palm Oil Giant Suspends Supplier

       Palm oil giant Musim Mas Group has suspended purchases from the PT Pati Sari mill over allegations that the facility is processing fruit illegally... Read more

  • Overfishing has pushed the Pacific bluefin tuna from Least Concern to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Photo by: © Monterey Bay Aquarium - Randy Wilder.

    310 Species Added to IUCN Red List

    Today, 22,413 species are threatened with extinction, according to the most recent update of the IUCN Red List. This is a rise of 310 species... Read more

  • Homes destroyed by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines in 2012. Rising sea levels are worsening storm surges of hurricanes. In addition, some research shows that global warming may be making hurricanes more powerful. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    Green Climate Fund Gets a Boost

    The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is suddenly looking very lively after two announcements over the weekend. The U.S. has announced an initial pledge of $3... Read more

  • Excavator preparing to replant an oil palm plantation in Sumatra.

    Drones Monitor Deforestation Commitment

       Cargill will use Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ‘solar-powered, satellite-connected remote sensor networks’ to monitor compliance with its new zero deforestation policy for palm... Read more

  • NASA image showing large-scale deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

    Brazilian Deforestation Rises

         Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to outpace last year’s rate by a significant margin, reveals data released today by Imazon, a Brazilian... Read more

  • Juvenile and subadult of the new species Paroedura hordiesi. Credit: Jörn Köhler.

    New Gecko Described in Madagascar

       Researchers have described a previously undocumented species of gecko in Madagascar.  The species, named Paroedura hordiesi, lives among karst limestone massifs in the northern part... Read more

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    Elephants Know When It’s Raining 150 Miles Away, Study Shows

    By David Gutierrez, contributing writer to Natural News Elephants are able to somehow know when it is raining as far as 150 miles away, and... Read more

  • A sea otter feeds, April 6, 2004, near Valdez, Alaska. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    Threats to Southern Sea Otters Taking a Toll on Population Growth

    As this year’s Sea Otter Awareness Week kicked off at the end of September, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released its 2014 southern sea otter population report. Each year, scientists... Read more

  • Odani sawmill in the middle of the Amazon. A Greenpeace report alleges that this sawmill, and several others, are sourcing illegal timber. Photo by: © Greenpeace.

    Timber Seized for Greenpeace Investigation

       Authorities in Belgium seized two containers of Brazilian timber in Antwerp following a demonstration by Greenpeace, which alleged that the Ipe timber had been cut illegally... Read more

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    UN to Promote RSPO-certified Palm Oil

       The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed an agreement with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to promote eco-certified palm oil as... Read more

  • A pair of bottlenose dolphins frolic in the waters of Mayumba National Park, previously Gabon's only national park dedicated to the protection of marine species. Photo credit: Peadar Brehony / WCS -

    Gabon Reserves 23% of its Coastal Waters

      Gabon has once again made headlines for a bold conservation initiative.  On Wednesday in Sydney, Australia, at the opening of the once-a-decade IUCN World... Read more

  • "Farmers are problem solvers," Linda Prokopy says. "A majority of farmers view excess water on their land and variable weather as problems and are willing to adapt their practices to protect their farm operation. Initiating conversations about adaptive management is more effective than talking about the causes of climate change." (Sonya Green/Flickr*)

    Farmers and Scientists Don’t Agree on Climate Change

    More than 50 percent of scientists believe climate change is caused by human activities. But ask a farmer and you’ll get a very different answer... Read more

  • Rainforest leaves in Mato Grosso du Sul, Brazil. Photo by Rhett A. Butler / mongabay.com

    Forest Adapts to Climate Change

       Leaves are vital trees organs that support many important functions. A recent study published in PNAS found that each tree species in tropical rainforests... Read more

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    Will US Be Able to Follow Europe in Animal Testing Ban?

    WASHINGTON—Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar... Read more

  • A child with a seedling in La Espearnza, part of the communal reforestation efforts. Photo: Noga Shanee/NPC

    Local Conservation Efforts Are Crucial

       When Noga Shanee and her colleagues first arrived in Northeastern Peru on a research trip to study the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda), she... Read more

  • Butchered manta rays at Tanjung Luar, Lombok. Photo: Paul Hilton / WCS

    Black Market Manta Ray Bust in Indonesia

       In the largest confiscation in Indonesia to date, authorities seized 103kg of manta gills in Bali, and arrested one suspect. The dried gill plates... Read more

  • Illustrated legend of Gudit. Left: A file photo of an Ethiopian woman. (DFID/Flickr) Background: Northern Ethiopia (Alan/Flickr)

    Tracing the Origins of a Mysterious Ancient Queen of Ethiopia

    According to local tradition, the fall of the Aksumite kingdom of Ethiopia toward the end of the 10th century A.D. was attributed to a queen... Read more

  • This 1,300-year-old structure in Siberia could be a fortress, a summer palace, a monastery, or even an astronomical observatory. (Gdehorosho.ru)

    Who Built This Unusual 1,300-Year-Old Siberian Palace… and Why?

    Experts are still divided over a mysterious 1,300-year-old fortress-like structure located on an island in the middle of a Siberian lake. From The Siberian Times: With its... Read more

  • The remains of animals believed to have been around during the time of the dinosaurs have been found behind a New Jersey strip mall. (AOL Screenshot)

    Valuable Fossil Stash Behind New Jersey Strip Mall (Video)

    For 12 years, the remains of animals believed to have been around during the time of the dinosaurs have been dug up from behind a... Read more

  • Artist depiction of Pocahontas saving the life of Capt. John Smith. (Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons)

    The True Story of Pocahontas as NOT Told by Disney

    Most people are familiar with the Disney version of the Pocahontas story—a Native American princess fell in love with the Englishman John Smith during the height... Read more

  • A geoglyph depicting a moose in the Ural mountains of Russia, along with a drawing of the geoglyph's outline. (Stanislav Grigoryev)

    Children From Lost Civilization Helped Make Geoglyph Some 6,000 Years Ago

    Remarkable new details about a giant moose geoglyph have been released as archaeologists confirm it is the world’s oldest known geoglyph. From The Siberian Times: Children... Read more

  • Caused by the floods of 2013 in Alberta, Canada, a new species of dinosaur may have been unearthed and found in a boulder. (AOL Screenshot)

    Unearthed by Floods: New Dino Species? (Video)

    This rock contains the fossil of an 80 million year old dinosaur that might be a new species. The incredible find by fishermen was uncovered when... Read more

  • Pollice Verso by Jean-Leon Gerome (1872). (Wikimedia Commons)

    New Evidence Suggests Gladiators Consumed Plant Ash for Bone Strength

    A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed evidence that gladiators drank a beverage made from plant ash, vinegar, and water that was... Read more

  • Birds fly backdropped by an building with the Islamic State group flag on top, in the Syrian city of Jarablous, seen from an archaeologic site outside Karkemish, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Archaeology and war don't usually mix, yet that's been the case for years at Karkemish, an ancient city along the Turkey-Syria border where an excavation team announced its newest finds Saturday just meters from Islamic State group-controlled territory. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Archaeologists Dig at Ancient Site Near Syrian War

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey—Archaeology and war don’t usually mix, yet that’s been the case for years at Karkemish, an ancient city along the Turkey-Syria border where an excavation team announced its newest... Read more

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    Do Spirit Pond Inscriptions Show That the Holy Grail Was Taken to North America?

    Forensic geologist, Scott Wolter, has put forward a radical new theory concerning a set of three inscribed stones found near Spirit Pond in Phippsburg, Maine,... Read more

  • The Phaistos Disc and a close-up view of the symbols inscribed. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Have Researchers Cracked the Code of the 4,000-Year-Old Phaistos Disc?

    The Phaistos Disc is a fired clay plate from the 2nd millennium BC with both sides showing a spiral of strange stamped symbols. Ever since... Read more

  • View of seven Ahu Akivi Moai. (gydyt0jas/iStock/Thinkstock)

    New Research Suggests Early Contact Between Easter Island and Americas

    People may have been making their way from Easter Island to the Americas well before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in... Read more

  • An amazing ancient site was found in the high altitudes of the Peruvian Andes, where it brought clues to how people lived. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ancient Site Unearthed in High Altitude (Video)

    It’s the oldest human settlement ever discovered in high altitude. Unearthed in the Peruvian Andes, the site is located nearly 14,700 ft above sea level... Read more

  • Left: Roman Triumphal arc showing Roman soldiers plundering Jewish treasures. (Wikimedia Commons) Right: A marble bust of the Emperor Hadrian. (Wikimedia Commons) Background: (Sergey Galushko/Hemera/Thinkstock)

    Ancient Tablet Dedicated to Emperor Hadrian May Explain Mystery of Jewish Revolt

    Archaeologists in Jerusalem have discovered an extremely rare limestone block inscribed with an official commemoration to the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who reigned in the 2nd... Read more

  • A wooden statue called the Shigir Idol could hold clues to the oldest code written in the world! (AOL Screenshot)

    Is This The World’s Oldest Secret Code? (Video)

    These could be the oldest secret codes on the planet. Experts say the sketches on this wooden statue contain information on the creation of the... Read more

  • The golden mask of King Tutankhamun. (Merce/Flickr)

    New Research Suggests Tutankhamun Died From Genetic Weakness Caused by Family Inbreeding

    In November last year, scientists announced that they had finally solved the mystery of King Tutankhamun’s death after 3,300 years. The boy king, they claimed,... Read more

  • (Joe Angeles/Washington University)

    CT Scans ‘Unwrap’ Secrets of 3 Mummies (+Video)

    Scientists have put three unusually motionless patients through the CT scanner: Egyptian mummies. One of the mummies already was known to have a brain, but... Read more

  • A slave caught by Barbary pirates painted by Ernest Normand (1859–1923)

    The White Slaves of Barbary

    Much attention and condemnation has been directed towards the tragedy of the African slave trade, which took place between the 16th and the 19th centuries... Read more

  • Large stones left at the Puma Punku site in Bolivia. (Left: Brattarb/Wikimedia Commons; Right: Janikorpi/Wikimedia Commons) Background: A time-lapse photo of stars. (Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Thinkstock)

    Enduring Mystery Surrounds the Ancient Site of Puma Punku

    Puma Punku in Bolivia is one of the world’s most mysterious ancient sites. This remains true for both academic archaeologists and historians as well as... Read more

  • Researchers from the United States Bureau of Reclamation have found a Columbian mammoth skull and tusk that they think might be part of a complete mammoth skeleton dating back from between 70 to 120 thousand years old. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Might Have Found a Complete Mammoth Skeleton (Video)

    Columbian Mammoths are an extinct species that lived during the Pleistocene era which lasted from one point eight million to ten thousand years ago. Researchers... Read more

  • The oldest wooden statue in the world. (Ekaterina Osintseva/The Siberian Times)

    Is This the World’s Oldest Secret Code?

    From The Siberian Times: Scientists are close to precise dating of the Shigir Idol, thought to be twice as ancient as the Egyptian Pyramids. The... Read more


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