12 Best Tomato Companion Plants. Companion gardening is a must-try technique for expanding your garden and helping your plants thrive.
It involves growing plants together that complement one another. Compatible plants might have similar growing habits that make your garden more efficient, or they might aid each other's growth by deterring pests — which, in turn, can help you become a more productive and sustainable gardener. Growing companion plants to go with tomatoes is a great way to try out this technique. Tomatoes are popular and easy for home gardeners to grow, and you can increase your chance of having a successful harvest by surrounding your tomatoes with other plants that provide multiple benefits.
Below are the best tomato companion plants to boost your garden's success. We Have The First-Ever Confirmation of Alternating Sleep States in an Octopus. The flickering colors of a sleeping octopus seem to indicate something akin to an REM sleep state, scientists have found.
In fact, as octopuses snooze, they distinctly cycle between two major sleep states, quiet and active. This discovery suggests not only that an active sleep state evolved separately in vertebrates and cephalopods, but also that, just like terrestrial vertebrates, octopuses might be able to dream. "The alternation of sleep states observed in the Octopus insularis seems quite similar to ours, despite the enormous evolutionary distance between cephalopods and vertebrates, with an early divergence of lineages around 500 million years ago," said neuroscientist Sylvia Medeiros of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. There's a lot we don't know about sleep. For a long time, scientists thought that only birds and mammals had sleep cycles, moving between active and quiet states - called REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM sleep. African elephants now listed as Endangered and Critically Endangered.
The IUCN Red List has announced that the African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) and African forest elephant (L. cyclotis) are now classified as Endangered and Critically Endangered respectively, following the first separate assessment of the two species.
Prior to this, the two species had been treated as a single species and had been listed as Vulnerable. However, new genetic evidence emerged that they are separate species. Both species have declined in recent decades, with the populations of African savanna elephant decreasing by at least 60% over the last 50 years, and African forest elephants by more than 86% in 31 years. The latter is thought to occupy only a quarter of its historic range. 17 Beautiful Edible Landscaping Plants. When it comes to garden plants, there often seems to be a sharp divide between the ornamental and the practical.
But there are plenty of backyard plants to choose from that offer both calories and an appealing look. From delicious berries to flowering tubers, these edible beauties can transform your landscaping and contribute to your garden's bounty. Here are 17 edible landscaping plants that can also add beauty to your yard. Some of the plants on this list are toxic to pets. For more information about the safety of specific plants, consult the ASPCA's searchable database. As endangered birds lose their songs, they can't find mates. Male songbirds usually learn their tunes from adult mentors.
But when aspiring crooners lack proper role models, they hit all the wrong notes—and have less success attracting mates. For five years, ecologist Ross Crates has tracked the singing ability and breeding success of critically endangered regent honeyeaters. These distinctive black and yellow birds were once common across Australia, but habitat loss since the 1950s has shrunk their population to only about 300 or 400 wild birds today. While male birds once formed large winter flocks, now they are sparsely distributed across the landscape, so many fly solo. High-Yield Vegetable Plants for Small Garden Spaces. Gorgeous Indoor Plants that LOVE the Dark. A Cephalopod Has Passed a Cognitive Test Designed For Human Children.
A new test of cephalopod smarts has reinforced how important it is for us humans to not underestimate animal intelligence.
Cuttlefish have been put to a new version of the marshmallow test, and the results appear to demonstrate that there's more going on in their strange little brains than we knew. Their ability to learn and adapt, the researchers said, could have evolved to give cuttlefish an edge in the cutthroat eat-or-be-eaten marine world they live in. The marshmallow test, or Stanford marshmallow experiment, is pretty straightforward. 'Presumed Extinct' Bird Is Found in Indonesia. In October 2020, two men living in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province on Borneo managed to catch a bird that they had never seen before.
They photographed and released it, then sent the pictures to birdwatching organizations in the area for identification. To the men's surprise, the bird wasn't just new to them. Ornithologists identified it as the black-browed babbler (Malacocincla perspicillata), a bird last documented around 170 years ago. It is so rare that the data on the only collected specimen lists it as "presumed extinct. " There's a rare yellow penguin on South Georgia island, and biologists can't quite explain it. Black-and-white tuxedos may be the conventional dress code in the penguin world, but one dashing individual is breaking the status quo with an à la mode yellow coat.
A wildlife photographer captured images of the rare penguin on a remote island in South Georgia in December 2019 and only recently released the photos. New chameleon species may be world’s smallest reptile. Scientists have discovered a tiny new species of chameleon in a patch of rainforest in northern Madagascar.
This so-called nano-chameleon is about the size of a sunflower seed, fits on the tip of a finger, and may be the smallest reptile on Earth. Officially known as Brookesia nana, or B. nana for short, the new species is so tiny it’s thought to survive on a diet of mites and springtails, which it hunts down in leaf litter. “At the first glance, we realized that it was an important discovery,” says Andolalao Rakotoarison, a Malagasy herpetologist and coauthor of the new study published in Nature.
Finding such a small reptile raises interesting questions about the lower limits of body size in vertebrates. It also highlights the astonishing—and highly threatened—biodiversity of Madagascar. Travel - A tiny bat that can fit in your palm. I drove to Sarapiquí, a little-known region in Costa Rica, during a brief respite of dry weather between Hurricanes Eta and Iota in search of a miniature tropical bat.
Here, conservation efforts big and small are fighting to preserve a lowland tropical rainforest with astonishing biodiversity, including one of the smallest and most adorable mammals: Ectophylla alba, also known as the Honduran white bat or Caribbean tent-making bat. It was impossible not to coo I'd been warned that these bats aren't always easy to find. They live in selected lowland rainforest habitats from Honduras to eastern Panama. In Costa Rica, I tried my luck at Tirimbina Rainforest Center, a 345-hectare private reserve. My guide, Emmanuel Rojas Valerio, led me across a 270m chain-linked suspension bridge over the roaring Sarapiquí River. Bees Witnessed Using Tools in Nature For The First Time... And It's Really Gross. The Asian honeybee (Apis cerana) isn't just on the look-out for flowers. Brain Candy. Brain Candy. Circus elephants from Ringling Bros. moving to conservation center.
An Australian Family Just Found a Live Koala in Their Christmas Tree. The McCormicks are having a wild Christmas. On Wednesday night, the South Australian family came home to find a mess in their living room. Blue, silver and pink bobbles had been scattered across the floor, and their dog was sniffing their Christmas tree. When the mother looked up into the plastic branches, she came face-to-face with a blinking juvenile koala.
"I thought 'Is this a joke? '" Amanda McCormick told The Guardian. Scientists Confirm Certain Spider Bites Inject Something Even Worse Than Venom. A tiny brown invasive species of spider that's creeping its way across the UK has a dangerous reputation for dissolving flesh, one that many experts have argued isn't deserved. There's now compelling evidence suggesting that stories of the false widow spider (Steatoda nobilis) causing horrid skin infections has at least some basis in fact. The false widow has called the UK home ever since it was spotted on its shores in the 1870s, most likely having hitched a ride from Madeira and the Canary Islands off the African coast.
First sightings of lek and courtship behavior in wrinkle-faced bats. Wrinkle-faced bats not only have the most convoluted faces of any bat species, the males also have a flap of furry white skin they can pull over their lower faces, not unlike the face masks people wear. In a new report published in PLOS ONE, Smithsonian researchers and colleagues describe the first observations of courtship in this species. "This was an incredibly lucky encounter with these rarely observed 'masked seducers,'" said Marco Tschapka, a research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute from the University of Ulm. In September 2018, on a night walk in San Ramon, Costa Rica, two nature guides noticed several "ugly" bats hanging from some low branches near a trail.
Newly discovered primate 'already facing extinction' New langur species in Myanmar described by scientists. Scientists have confirmed the existence of a previously undescribed primate species in Myanmar, following field surveys, genetic analysis, and examination of museum specimens. Called the Popa langur (Trachypithecus popa), the primate is found in central Myanmar and is named after Mount Popa, an extinct volcano which is considered sacred and is believed to have the largest population of this newly described species, with just over 100 animals. Mount Popa is a sacred pilgrimage site, home to the ‘Nat’ spirits, as well as an important wildlife sanctuary. The addition of the Popa langur has expanded the knowledge of langur evolutionary history, a group of primates which is mainly found in Southeast Asia, but also parts of the Sunderland region.
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