Carnivorous plant doesn't have time for any of that junk DNA

In the human genome, only about 2% of our DNA are genes involved in coding the proteins essential to our existence. The other 98% is noncoding DNA, often called junk DNA because there's no clear purpose for it. That name might seem a bit pejorative, but a new study of the bladderwort genome suggests it's oddly… » 5/19/13 1:00pm 5/19/13 1:00pm

Meet the fastest, deadliest carnivore in the plant kingdom

The tiny bladderwort plant may not be much to look at - and yeah, its name is beyond silly - but it's the deadliest hunter in the plant kingdom. It can trap prey in less than a millisecond, over a hundred times faster than the Venus fly-trap and with an incredible 600 Gs of force - about twelve times what it would… » 2/16/11 1:30pm 2/16/11 1:30pm