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Longleaf pines support one another through mycorrhizae – mutually beneficial relationships between certain fungi and the trees’ roots. Justin Meissen/Flickr

Plants thrive in a complex world by communicating, sharing resources and transforming their environments

We may think of plants as passive life forms, but they can cooperate, share resources, send one another warnings, and distance themselves from their communities when survival depends on it.
Even though people are ready to venture out and socialize, many are fearful. And some also remember those who lost their lives and want to be careful in their memory. RealPeopleGroup/Getty Images

Anxious about going out into the world? You’re not alone, but there’s help

As more people become vaccinated, many of them are eager to resume their social lives. And yet, many are fearful, and some may not want to return to life as they previously experienced it.
During the pandemic Americans turned to CBD, which purports to have calming effects. Catherine Falls Commercial/Getty Images

CBD, marijuana and hemp: What is the difference among these cannabis products, and which are legal?

Hemp, CBD and marijuana are all forms of cannabis – but they are different in significant ways, from form and legality to their potential uses as treatment for various health conditions.
Project-based learning gets kids to explore natural phenomena and solve real-world problems. Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Project-based learning deepens science knowledge for 3rd graders in Michigan

Students who took part in the program scored 8% higher on the state science test than students who received traditional instruction, and demonstrated greater social and emotional learning.
Jeremiah Kiarie rounds up tilapia at Green Algae Highland fish farm in central Kenya on April 29, 2017. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Farming fish in fresh water is more affordable and sustainable than in the ocean

Aquaculture is a growing source of healthy protein for millions of people around the world, but there are big differences between farming fish on land and at sea.
Volunteers prepare boxes at the Greater Boston Food Bank on Oct. 1, 2020. Iaritza Menjivar, The Washington Post via Getty Images

Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans

Food production in the US is heavily concentrated in the hands of a small number of large agribusiness companies. That's been good for shareholders, but not for consumers.
Jean McCarthy helps a first-grade student at South Boston Catholic Academy on Sept. 10, 2020. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Does reopening schools cause COVID-19 to spread? It’s complicated

When a community reopens its schools and COVID-19 rates increase, other factors – not the reopening of schools – may still be to blame, new research finds.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the U.S. Capitol. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

How should schools teach kids about what happened at the US Capitol on Jan. 6? We asked 6 education experts

Teachers shouldn't avoid this topic, no matter how uncomfortable it might make them to discuss it with children and teens.

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