Space-like chambers deliver the wetlands of a warmer world

By Mollie McNeel Medill Reports Wetlands are typically filled with the sounds of crickets chirping, bees buzzing and frogs croaking. But at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Maryland, those are all accompanied by the whirring of motor-powered pumps. The pumps drive air from hexagonal carbon dioxide chambers to a greenhouse gas analyzer, helping […]

Is Your Plant Dead or Just Dormant?

Mollie McNeel Medill Reports If a gardener tells you that their plants had died and now have come back to life years later, you might think they’ve gone crazy. But actually, they may be on to something. Some fully-grown plants can “hibernate” in the soil for up to 20 years, researchers from the Smithsonian Environmental […]