Why Did Plants Evolve These Weird and Horrific Flowers?

Most people don't have very strong feelings about flowers, unless they are incredibly beautiful or smell really good. But it turns out that flowers represent a major technological advance for plants, and evolution has generated some pretty unimaginably weird specimens. » 8/18/14 1:26pm 8/18/14 1:26pm

The Astonishing Art of Birds and Flowers Cut From Maps

This is a piece by Claire Brewster who makes art pieces of birds, bees, and flowers from maps. Some of her work is hand cut and others are laser-cut. All are gorgeous. » 6/05/14 12:00am 6/05/14 12:00am

Want to build a clock made of flowers for spring?

If you want to add some botany and some poetry to your science, why not try something that was first proposed by Carolus Linnaeus? You can have a zero-carbon-footprint clock made of flowers. » 11/24/13 11:00am 11/24/13 11:00am

Oldest funerary flowers ever unearthed in Israel

Today, we bury our dead with flowers – but a recently discovered gravesite on Israel's Mount Carmel suggests we've been doing so for at least 12,000 years. » 7/05/13 10:30am 7/05/13 10:30am

Surprising funeral ad makes a lovely skeleton from pressed flowers

Japanese funeral home Nishinihon Tenrei wanted to create an ad that would break from the traditional funerary colors of black and white while still presenting a respectful image of their services. Tokyo-based ad agency I&S BBDO came up with this life-sized skeleton, celebrating the life of the departed through… » 5/11/13 11:00am 5/11/13 11:00am

You've never seen flowers bloom like this

Take a minute to appreciate this breathtaking time-lapse compilation of yawning petals, stamens and pistils, created by Czech photographer Kate Pruskova. It will fill you with awe for blooming flowers like you've never experienced before. » 1/08/13 10:32am 1/08/13 10:32am

Behold, a spaceman super-sculpture. Can you guess what it's made of?

Feast your eyes on one of the many jaw-dropping sculptures featured at Bloemencorso, an annual parade held in Zundert, Netherlands. Like every other sculpture in the parade, this one is made of a special medium. Can you guess what it is? Big hint in the parade name. » 11/09/12 1:00pm 11/09/12 1:00pm

Do you have to be Batman to create a blue rose?

Batman isn't just the world's greatest detective and an unstoppable fighter — he's also the only person who's ever created a blue rose. Scientists have been trying to create them in the real world for decades, always without success. » 8/27/12 3:00pm 8/27/12 3:00pm

This tiny blue flower can kill a humpback whale

The humpback whale is one of Earth's largest creatures, with an average weight of around 40 tons. But as it turns out, this gigantic creature is vulnerable to the toxins of a much smaller living thing: Aconitum delphinifolium, better known as Larkspur monkshood. » 4/21/12 4:00pm 4/21/12 4:00pm

Give your valentine one of the biggest roses in the Universe

When it comes to Valentine's day, flowers are kind of boring. Do they smell nice? Yes. But they also reek of unoriginality. Face it, people, the bouquet of roses has been done. » 2/14/12 11:12am 2/14/12 11:12am

Everything you know about daisies is wrong

When you pick a daisy, you are actually picking hundreds of flowers at the same time. That's because daisies have evolved a special trick, which is to hide a whole field of flowers in the head of what seems to be a single bloom. In this video, University of Cambridge plant biologist Beverley Glover shows you a… » 2/02/12 4:47pm 2/02/12 4:47pm

What orchids and corpses have in common

Though orchids are considered some of the most beautiful flowers in the world, their scent has evolved over eons to precisely emulate the smell of a dead body. In fact, according to biologists, orchids emit an odor extremely similar to roadkill. Why would flowers need to stink of death? » 3/14/11 8:00am 3/14/11 8:00am

35,000 plant specimens gathered over the past 200 years remain…

Botanists estimate there are 70,000 species of flowering plant still waiting to be identified. They also suspect that about half of those were already found up to 200 years ago, and nobody has gotten around to identifying them yet. » 12/09/10 10:24am 12/09/10 10:24am

How flowers completely changed Earth's weather 100 million years ago

Wondering why the weather is so strange lately? Why it's raining all the time in certain parts of the globe, but really dry in others? It's all because of flowers. » 6/16/10 12:58pm 6/16/10 12:58pm

Bees And Flowers Speak In A Secret Code (And They Think Your Haircut Is…

Flowers may use UV patterns to attract bees. See how, and check out photos that shows us approximately what a bee sees when it looks at flowers. » 4/17/10 9:00am 4/17/10 9:00am

Perfectly-Preserved Plants And Insects Discovered From 95 Million Years…

An amazing discovery of perfectly-preserved amber in Ethiopia has given scientists an unprecedented glimpse of the ecosystem in that region 95 million years ago. These pictures show plants and insects from the Cretaceous woodlands, right after flowering plants had evolved. » 4/05/10 4:15pm 4/05/10 4:15pm

The Terrible Intoxicating Beauty Of The Ghost Orchid Returns To Florida

The supernatural glow of the mysterious ghost orchid is back in the Everglades for the third year in a row. This flower rarely blooms two years in a row, and was missing for a dozen years until 2007. » 7/21/09 12:37pm 7/21/09 12:37pm