Crocodile smile, incognito from mosquitoes, future frequent floods and saving sea otters. It's "4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week."
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.
Professor Jessica Zhang discusses the interdisciplinary nature of the Bioengineered Organs Imitative and how her research in mechanical engineering can contribute to the initiative.
Rugged roach bots, squishy storage solutions, planting solar and Teflon-tested landings. It's "4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week."
Mountain lions are learning to adapt to our increasing presence in nature, which sometimes results in the depredation of domestic animals, and a grim ending for both parties
University of Florida doctoral student Victor Perez discusses more than 50 million years of shark evolution with the help of three teeth, culminating in the "ultimate cutting tool," a tooth from megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived
Vanderbilt University paleontologists are looking into the evolutionary origins of the whistles and squeaks that dolphins and porpoises make
A team of researchers encoded their specialized knowledge into the computer game Foldit to enable citizen scientists to successfully design synthetic proteins for the first time
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are engaged in fieldwork across the globe, advancing knowledge of the natural world and developing solutions to global challenges
New research by University of Florida doctoral graduate Paul Morse shows that Teilhardina brandti, a species found in Wyoming, is as old or older than its Asian and European relatives, upending the prevailing hypothesis that this early primate first appeared in China
Researchers from Boyce Thompson Institute and colleagues from partnering institutions have created a pan-genome, establishing a resource that promises to help breeders develop more flavorful and sustainable tomato varieties
New research shows that honey bees (Apis mellifera) develop different scent profiles as they age, and the gatekeeper bees at the hive's door respond differently to returning foragers than when they encounter younger bees who have never ventured out
Researchers are looking to nature for inspiration in developing a new method of underwater plasma generation, using shrimp as a model -- a discovery which could provide significant improvements for actions ranging from water sterilization to drilling
This video describes a food chain that extends from consumers, producers, breeders and the wild crop relatives that breeders depend on for crop improvement.
A team of researchers visits a seed bank, the Tomato Genetics Resource Center, where scientists try to preserve the genetic diversity available in wild tomato relatives and make it available for crop breeders
Paleoanthropologist Ashley Hammond, assistant curator in the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, travels to Turkana, Kenya, on a search for hominin fossils
A team of plant geneticists demonstrate how bringing together beneficial traits can have negative consequences
With a robotic arm, a research team has collected specimens of coral and captured video footage and photos of underwater life that has rarely been seen by humans
Without an intact hippocampus, forming new memories is impossible. Researchers from Arizona State University and Stanford University have found an equally important role for the hippocampus: feeding information to brain areas responsible for learning
Want bigger, faster-growing blueberries? New research shows wild bees are an essential secret ingredient in larger and better blueberry yields -- producing plumper, faster-ripening berries.
Rob Gegear studies how bumblebees make decisions as they forage and explores the complex interconnections between bees and flowering plants