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Ask Dr. Universe: How do plants know when it’s spring?

Plants sense temperature and daylight to know when its time to grow.


Why Ford will keep plants humming and Trump happy

Ford and General Motors both need to overhaul their U.S. manufacturing base to cope with consumers’ drastic switch to SUVs from sedans. Only Ford is poised to make that adjustment …


Gardening: Keep your houseplants alive this winter

Winter’s gentle teaser last week is a good reminder that our gardening has moved indoors for the next few months. Here are some tips to keep plants alive and happy. …


They don’t own homes. They don’t have kids. Why millennials are plant addicts

Sales of flowers, seeds and potted plants have increased since 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The recent surge coincides with the fact that some millennials, defined by …


The Green Big Apple: New Yorkers document the city’s plants

New York City’s citizen scientists have catalogued more than 26,000 sightings of wild plants, and documented new populations of invasive species and native weeds that seem to be disappearing, like …


Friends of Manito to host plant sale Saturday with over 550 species

No plants for the weekend? Friends of Manito is hosting its annual plant sale at Manito Park on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will go towards capital …


Scientists harvest 1st vegetables in Antarctic greenhouse

Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other …


Buy plants for butterflies, hummingbirds

Every year, gardeners eagerly anticipate the Friends of Manito plant sales because they know they will find exceptional plants that are hardy for this region. The spring plant sale will …


Future climate change field test doesn’t make Earth greener

In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, scientists put future global warming to a real world test – growing California flowers and grasslands with …


East Valley High special education students sow seeds, sell plants for future

The sun was shining Tuesday morning while Jon Thomas was doing his best to direct the slightly chaotic enthusiasm of his East Valley High School special education students toward the …


Floods lead to dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

PHOENIX (AP) — Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona’s main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the …


Summit School kindergartners bring flowers, carols to senior center

The residents of Orchard Crest Retirement Community received some special guests Thursday morning. Kindergarten students from Summit School brought amaryllis and poinsettia plants to display at the front desk. The …


Artificial plants offer natural-looking options

If there’s somewhere in your home that needs livening up but it’s not practical to use real plants, consider using faux flowers and greenery. And don’t worry about it.


Lands Council, STCU, students team up on watershed restoration

The sun-dappled water glistened in the late morning light and so did the foreheads of the teens who planted trees along Hangman Creek last week. While some kids learn about …


Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

NEW YORK (AP) — To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster. We’re …


Pot legalized in Colo. with gov’s proclamation

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado Monday, when the governor took a purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state …


Legal pot in Wash. state - questions and answers

SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana became legal under Washington state law Thursday. So, bong hits and funny brownies for everybody? Not quite. Pot legalization in the Evergreen State has raised many …


Upon further review, giant sequoia tops a neighbor

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Deep in the Sierra Nevada, the famous General Grant giant sequoia tree is suffering its loss of stature in silence. What once was the world’s No. …


Upon further review, giant sequoia tops a neighbor

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Deep in the Sierra Nevada, the famous General Grant giant sequoia tree is suffering its loss of stature in silence. What once was the world’s No. …


3rd person in Calif. dies from mushroom poisoning

LOOMIS, Calif. (AP) — A third person has died from eating toxic mushrooms at a California senior care facility. State Department of Social Services spokesman Oscar Ramirez told The Associated …


Colo., Wash. await federal response to pot measure

DENVER (AP) — Should marijuana be treated like alcohol? Or should it remain in the same legal category as heroin and the most dangerous drugs? Votes this week by Colorado …


Colo., Wash. await federal marijuana response

DENVER (AP) — Two states that approved recreational use of marijuana are waiting to hear how the federal government intends respond to the measures. The governor of Colorado said he …


Pot votes in CO, WA raise specter of weed tourism

DENVER (AP) — Hit the slopes — and then a bong? Marijuana legalization votes this week in Colorado and Washington state don’t just set up an epic state-federal showdown on …


Mourners leave flowers at helicopter crash site

ATLANTA (AP) — Mourners have been leaving flowers, cards and other mementos at a makeshift memorial near the site of a police helicopter crash that killed two Atlanta officers who …


Teen in OH drug ring gets at least 6 months

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teenager considered by authorities to be one of the most prolific drug dealers in the Cincinnati area was sentenced on Monday to between six …


Teen who helped run OH drug ring faces sentencing

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teenager considered by authorities to be one of the most prolific drug dealers in the Cincinnati area is to be sentenced in a juvenile …


APNewsBreak: Tenn.’s meningitis has likely peaked

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s chief medical officer says the rate of new infections from a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak appears to be declining in the state where it was …


Overnight storms swat Southeast; 4 hurt in Miss.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A line of severe storms packing strong winds and possible tornadoes swept across the Southeast overnight, injuring four people in Mississippi, downing power lines and trees …


Medical marijuana advocates want drug reclassified

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington is considering whether marijuana should be reclassified from its current status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use. Last …


Fungi blamed for meningitis rarely cause trouble

NEW YORK (AP) — The two kinds of fungus linked to a meningitis outbreak are found in plenty of places and rarely make people sick. People inhale one kind, Aspergillus, …