There are obvious evolutionary benefits to species having sex. The most obvious is because it ensures a species' longevity.
We once thought that plants were just standalone entities, much like us, the key difference being our ability to interact with the world and each other. But research over the past few decades has found that plants, especially trees, may not be as inert as once thought.
I was recently taking a break while working alone in the woods, it was completely silent and still. Suddenly, the whole area of 'just trees' became alive - a wren started foraging in front of me, a robin starting singing to me from about a metre away.
Huge clouds of Saharan dust arriving in the UK may not only make the place hazy or smoggy but it could also bring upper respiratory tract infections such as asthma, runny noses, itchy eyes, and breathing difficulties. It is not the actual dust that impacts the health of humans but the bacterial and fungal spores which travel with dust clouds...
Ready for the biggest mushroom you're going to see this week/month/year/decade? In its 7kg, bowl-filling glory? Well then
Is it a mystical fungi? Or an unearthed species? Unfortunately for this budding TV reporter, the strange, unearthed object