Life Sciences

What is this thing called life? Biologists are life's detectives, discovering how life works and what makes animals, plants and microbes "alive." Organisms don't remain the same forever. Without change, life on Earth would stagnate. Species are in a constant dance with their environment. When an environment changes, the species that live within must change too, evolving to better adapt in order to survive. The end result is the diversity of life we see around us.

Forest plant genetics

Matias Kirst, an associate professor in quantitative genetics at the University of Florida, explains how researchers study tree genetics to identify species best suited for forest plantations and those able to adapt to climate change.

The blanc conundrum

The siphonophore Hippopodius hippopus is usually transparent, but when disturbed it suddenly becomes milky white.

Crab research

Gustav Paulay, curator of marine malacology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, talks about larval crab development and how DNA analysis and comparisons of larval and adult crabs helps increase our understanding of different crab species.

Frozen fruit bats

Conservation Biologist Steve Goodman has been working in Madagascar for more than 22 years, enjoy one of his stories from the field

NSF Science Now: Episode 24

In this week's episode we discover secrets in buried soils. We learn how elephant seals protect their organs when diving. We learn about Amulet- the future in wearable technology and finally we explore the fast-moving Thwaites glacier in Antarctica.

Two urchins

The green urchin and the pencil urchin are alike in many ways, but their differences matter in a big way when it comes to their ecological impacts.

Evolutionary ecology

Evolutionary ecologist, Christine Miller, studies the relationship between insects' genes and environment

Nematocysts

A look into the microscopic army in every cnidarian that's just waiting to sting you.

Lobster killing virus

Researcher describes the methods and techniques he uses in researching a virus that kills lobster

Visualizing leaf cells from within

"Visualizing Leaf Cells from Within" presents leaf cells simply and naturally, in bright orange, yellow, and red colors, and it provides viewers with basic knowledge of the pavement cell system.

Summer Systematics Institute

The Summer Systematics Institute addresses critical issues such as, world-wide threats to biodiversity, the origins and diversification of life, phylogenetic systematics and evolutionary biology, which have become critical components of undergraduate education.

Biodiversity: A boon for brain research

How two unlikely microbes (that don't even have brains) led to the development of one of today's most promising brain research techniques--which is being used to study many diseases including schizophrenia and Parkinson's.

No clowning around: Juggling study shows us how senses help us run

Juggling may sound like mere entertainment, but a study led by Johns Hopkins engineers has used this circus skill to gather critical clues about how vision and the sense of touch help control the way humans and animals move their limbs in a repetitive way, such as in running.