In a landmark study that researched the origins of bird species, evolutionary biologists have made discoveries about the age of birds, and the genomic relationships among modern birds.
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.
Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the Central African Biodiversity Alliance is an international partnership of scientists, students and policy makers working to build a framework to conserve biodiversity in Central Africa. The partnership spans three continents, and includes researchers from the U.S., Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Germany and the United Kingdom.
About the size of a diamond and comes from the inner ear of a fish, this tiny construction holds a treasure trove of information--a calcium carbonate microchip made of bone and accessed by a laser. Let's take a look at the science of otoliths.
Researchers have succeeded in creating the largest phytoplankton bloom in a wave flume in history as part of a groundbreaking experiment to understand the effects of natural particles on the atmosphere.
On November 17, 2014, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute used a used a remotely operated vehicle, a kind of undersea robot, to videotape this rare deep-sea anglerfish in Monterey Canyon, about 580 meters (1,900 feet) below the ocean surface.
Scientists successfully test an unmanned underwater vehicle beneath Antarctic sea ice.
Local climatic changes impact algae living inside the sea ice, which may drastically affect near shore arctic marine food webs
Mysterious parasite pushes amphibians toward extinction as researchers race to fight back
This species' ability to adapt to constant daylight may ultimately help answer questions about human sleep disorders and other health problems
NSF-funded paleontologists discover fossil of groundhog-like mammal on Madagascar.
Ocean acidification alters development of a key balance structure in squid.
Thin sheets of ice push rocks across the desert when conditions are just right
Snakes and snake-like robots show how sidewinders conquer sandy slopes.
This video shows the relationship between a parasitic plant, dodder, and two host plants, Arabidopsis and tomatoes.
This video shows how sonar enables bats to navigate and hone in on targets in dark, cluttered environments.
A technology from NSF-funded small business NovaScan detects cancer cells in living tissue in real-time.
The mission of C-DEBI is to explore life beneath the seafloor and make transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inspire people of all ages and origins.
Researchers have made a surprising discovery in worms about the role of calcium in pain signaling. They have built a structural model of the molecule that allows calcium ions to pass into a neuron, triggering a signal of pain. These discoveries may help direct new strategies to treat pain in people.
The Spinosaurus is rediscovered.