​If You Touch This Plant It Will Make You Vomit In Pure Agony

The Gympie Gympie is an Australian plant with spindly stems and heart-shaped light green leaves. Brushing your hand against it can make you throw up from the pain. Using it as toilet paper has made people shoot themselves. This plant will ruin you. » 3/26/15 5:00pm Thursday 5:00pm

Drinking Experimental Hops in the Sixpoint Beer of the Future

After a long day of futuristic work and hydroponic farming in Gizmodo's Home of the Future, we're betting that one thing will stay exactly the same as it is today: you'll want to crack open a cold one. That's why we've partnered with the beer gurus at Sixpoint to brew the Beer of the Future. » 5/08/14 4:00pm 5/08/14 4:00pm

Scientists Genetically Modified Trees So They Can Make Greener Paper

Wood scientists just announced an exciting breakthrough in tree research. They've come up with a way to make more environmentally friendly paper—by genetically modifying trees. And it's not just the paper industry that will benefit. » 4/04/14 12:20pm 4/04/14 12:20pm

These Brand New Bitters Bring Biodiversity to Your Cocktail

By day, Rachel Meyer is a plant evolutionary biologist researching crop genomics at NYU. But, by evening and weekend, she is on a mission to get more botany into your cocktail—and she's shared an exclusive new drink recipe with Gizmodo to show how. » 3/28/14 5:00pm 3/28/14 5:00pm

The Latest Mining Boom? Plants That Eat Metal And Scrub The Soil Clean

Plants that eat metal sound like a biological impossibility. But these hungry little guys exist, sucking tiny bits of toxic metal from the soil. They don't just clean the Earth, either—they can actually mine bits of gold and nickel for use by humans. » 3/27/14 12:40pm 3/27/14 12:40pm

How the New York Botanical Garden Digitizes Nearly 300 Plants a Day

The New York Botanical Garden is packed with over 7.3 million specimens from all over the world. And when you've got that many plants, you need to get a little creative when it's time to take their picture. It's a high tech affair. » 12/27/13 3:30pm 12/27/13 3:30pm

Scientists Revived 400-Year-Old Plants That Could Help Us Live on Mars

A recently uncovered, perfectly preserved, 400-year-old plant specimen might be the answer to our increasingly important colonization of other planets—and the preservation of the human race as a whole. » 5/31/13 2:34pm 5/31/13 2:34pm

Intricate, Ultra-Accurate Blueprints of Botanical Life

Illustration and science have always gone hand in hand. If you want to understand something, drawing it is a good place to start. Macoto Murayama, a 29-year-old botanist and designer, goes even further: he carefully dissects and models flowers using 3D drafting software. » 5/14/13 10:58am 5/14/13 10:58am

How to Put a Tiny Tree in a Fish Tank and Call It Art

The Japanese art of Bonsai propagation has endured for more than a thousand years, though never quite like this. Botanical artist Makoto Azuma has combined modern technology with an ancient practice to create this impressive submerged specimen. » 1/02/13 1:40pm 1/02/13 1:40pm

32,000-Year-Old Siberian Plant Thawed and Grown Again

Russian scientists say they've revived a plant that had been tucked away by an arctic ground squirrel 32,000 years ago on the tundra of northeastern Siberia. » 2/20/12 4:21pm 2/20/12 4:21pm

How to Make a Cool Concrete Planter of Your Own

Looking to bring some plant life into your room? Or trying to figure out a holiday gift that's a little more original than a lame-o gift certificate? All you need is some tools, some cement, a succulent and this guide. » 11/18/10 5:40pm 11/18/10 5:40pm

Watch How This 1000-Bloom Mega Flower Was Grown

This is a single Chrysanthemum with 991 blooms, measuring 11 feet in diamater. It's the largest plant of its type ever grown in North America. Here's how a master horticulturalist and a metal fabricator teamed up to make it happen. » 11/16/10 10:20pm 11/16/10 10:20pm

Visiting an Underground Garden Built in a Former Bank Vault Under Tokyo

Make's Phil Torrone is in Japan, visiting some old blog fodder in person, like this Japan find from 2005. Underneath an office building in the Otemachi business district of Tokyo is an underground rice and vegetable field. Created in a former bank vault, this hidden garden is maintained "using computer-controlled… » 11/23/07 12:59pm 11/23/07 12:59pm