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Are Cycads Social Plants?

Botanists have long puzzled over a peculiarity of ancient plants called cycads: they have huge, bright, fleshy seeds displayed in enormous cones.

October 16, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Science and Art Exhibits To Launch 2015

The number of exhibits combining science and art in some capacity has grown steadily since I began blogging about them in 2011. With exhibits in galleries and museums across the country, there’s something for everyone.

January 12, 2015 — Kalliopi Monoyios

An Eye-Popping New Look at Flowers’ Highly Public Private Parts

People who lack the gardening bug often regard flowers like fashion models: pretty but boring. Jens Petersen, the man who gave us the groundbreaking photographs of fungi in “The Kingdom of Fungi”, which I reviewed here in March, has a new book of photographs (still available only in Danish, unfortunately, and called Blomsterliv — “Flower [...]

August 15, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
Defrosted Moss Sprouts Anew After 1,500 years in Antarctic Permafrost

Defrosted Moss Sprouts Anew After 1,500 years in Antarctic Permafrost

Last year I blogged about the surprising discovery that mosses released after 400 years of frozen glacial ensquashment had managed to survive and sprout new growth, a finding that radically altered our ideas about regrowth during the retreat of ice ages.

March 17, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer

Portraits of Bonsai at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

As I write this, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is preparing an exhibit showcasing the work of Dick Rauh, a botanical illustrator who has distinguished himself as a master of botanical illustration since he picked up a pen and paper in his retirement.

September 20, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

For These Plants, No Victim Is Too Small

The tropical plant Genlisea is a tiny, homely rosette of simple green leaves. If you dig up its roots, you will find what look like an unremarkable bunch long, pale underground roots.

February 6, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer
Why Isn’t More Botanical Art Like This?

Why Isn’t More Botanical Art Like This?

Botanical art has some conventions that have helped the practice remain accurate and disciplined: portions of the plants painted in isolation on white backgrounds; often 1:1 in size with the real plant; typically in watercolour for the range of colours (Opera Pink, anyone?) and known factors in preservation.

July 29, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
The ScienceArt Exhibit Roundup This Fall

The ScienceArt Exhibit Roundup This Fall

So much good scienceart on display… where to begin!? EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION LIFE: Magnified June – November 2014 Gateway Gallery Between Concourse C and the AeroTrain C-Gates station Washington Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C.

October 30, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Flying for Free the Horsetail Spore Way

Flying for Free the Horsetail Spore Way

In spite of their sedentary reputations (putting down roots being, perhaps, the ultimate symbol of stability), plants are capable of a surprising range of movements, and not just the Venus flytraps of the world.

February 21, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
The SciArt Buzz: ScienceArt on Exhibit in Sept/Oct 2013

The SciArt Buzz: ScienceArt on Exhibit in Sept/Oct 2013

Summer may be coming to a close, but there are buckets of good science art exhibitions opening at venues near YOU! EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION SENSING CHANGE July 1, 2013 – May 2, 2014 Chemical Heritage Foundation Gallery 315 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA Sensing Change, an initiative of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, invites us to explore [...]

August 29, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios