Nature

August 22, 2019

Monet’s Pond Is a Real Oasis in Japan That Looks Like a Painting Come to Life

Impressionist painter Claude Monet left behind an impressive body of work. But perhaps nothing resonates more than his acclaimed Water Lily series, which was inspired by the pond at his home in Giverny. The pond’s landscaping has become a symbol of tranquility and while you can still visit it in France today, did you know there’s a look-alike across the globe?

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August 6, 2019

Research Shows the Incredible Way Trees Help Each Other Survive in the Forest

When you’re walking through the forest and see a tree stump, you might think you’re looking at a dead organism. But researchers have reason to believe there’s more to tree stumps than meets the eye. In fact, thanks to the help of other trees in the forest, they may still be alive. Researchers in New Zealand have recently published a study on the phenomenon, which they call hydraulic coupling.

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July 11, 2019

You Can Grow Succulents That Look Like Tiny Blossoming Roses

From succulents that look like rabbits to cacti resembling tiny dolphins, popular water-storing houseplants come in a variety of interesting shapes and sizes. While many succulents have a prickly, tough appearance, there’s one particular indoor plant that looks as delicate as a flower—in fact, it looks just like a rose. Known as Greenovia dodrantalis (or mountain rose), the “rose succulent” is native to the Canary Islands, off the coast of Spain.

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