What Real-Life Plants Could Groot Have Evolved From?

Where did Groot come from? In reality, he came from the imaginations of Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers, and Stan Lee. In the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, he came from another planet. In this essay, he came from the stuff in your yard. We'll see which plants might have evolved, over time, to become the world's most beloved… » 8/04/14 8:00am 8/04/14 8:00am

This Creepy Invasive Plant Is Wreaking Havoc In North America

The Giant hogweed, a long-stemmed plant originally from Central Asia, is currently spreading like wildfire around certain parts of the United States and Canada. Not only is it drowning out the local flora, it's also a noxious weed that, when touched, can cause blisters, long-lasting scars — and even blindness. » 7/17/14 4:40pm 7/17/14 4:40pm

The chemistry of the corpse flower's wretched stench

Earlier this month, a titan arum (a.k.a. "corpse flower," a.k.a. amorphophallus titanum, a.k.a. "large, misshapen penis") bloomed for the first time in over half a decade at the U.S. Botanical Garden in Washington D.C. In this quick video from BytesizeScience, the USBG's public science educator Todd Brethauer… » 7/31/13 8:30am 7/31/13 8:30am