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Trees

Trees May Have a Heartbeat

It seems like every day we’re learning something new about how plants, trees and people aren’t so different. We’ve already told you about how plants can hear when they are being eaten, and how grass screams every time you cut it. Now, it turns out trees seem to have a heartbeat, and they don’t even have hearts. Trees Still, My Beating Heart There is a certain rhythm to life. Humans tend to wake up in the morning and go back to sleep at night based on a cycle we call a circadian rhythm. Other patterns, like your digestive cycle and the rhythm of...

3 Things You Didn’t Know Trees Did For You

Without trees and forests, life on Earth as we know it would be unthinkable. Most people know that forests are home to a wealth of biodiversity, that they provide water for billions of people and regulate the climate for everyone. But did you know that they can make you smarter? Or that, scientists think, they can drive rainfall? In honor of International Day of Forests, Human Nature looks into some of the benefits of forests that you might not know about. Trees Increase Property Values Selling your house? Consider planting some greenery. In 2007, economists who analyzed home sales in Portland, Ore., found that homes with...