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Amazon trees super-diverse in chemicals

Rainforest canopy in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by Rhett A. Butler In the Western Amazon—arguably the world's most biodiverse region—scientists have found that not only is the forest super-rich in…

Why bioluminescent fungi glow in the dark

Aristotle (384–322 BC) reported a mysterious light, distinct from fire, emanating from decaying wood. Pliny the Elder (23–79 AD) mentioned feasting on a glowing, sweet fungus found on trees in…

Endangered turtle urinates through its mouth

Chinese soft-shelled turtle in captivity. Photo by: Bastet78. One of China's most commonly farmed turtles for consumption, the Chinese soft-shelled turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis), has a unique ability: it urinates out…