Illuminating danger, fighting ice with ice, modeling dragonfly wings and new personality choices
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.
Rice University researchers have developed methods to corral the tiny, squid-like hydrae and perform the first comprehensive characterization of relationships between neural activity and muscle movements in these creatures
Arctic wolf spiders' tastes in prey might be changing under warming conditions, according to researchers at Washington University in St. Louis
Spirostomum ambiguum, a tiny single-celled protozoan, achieves blazing-fast acceleration while contracting its worm-like body
Super-resilient materials found in animals such as mantis shrimp owe their strength and toughness to a design strategy that causes cracks to follow the twisting pattern of fibers, preventing catastrophic failure
How WiFi detects weapons, what ants can teach robots, position repercussions on concussions and how saving forests saves kids
A new study sheds new light on the sensory organs the snail larvae use to feel -- and perhaps even hear -- whether the water is turbulent or wavy and improve their odds of being carried to a good habitat, where they can settle down as adults
With a little help from the National Science Foundation, spiders have presented exciting ways to improve people's lives, safety and even food supply
A new target for antibiotics, a dodecahedron device for the deep sea, electronic stickers to scale up the Internet of Things and self-fertilizing bacteria with rhythm
Are pterodactyls and other pterosaurs considered dinosaurs?
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Arizona State University found that as the sun beats down on a summer day, the interior temperature of a car can reach a stifling 116 degrees Fahrenheit in just one hour
Something special in seal blood; a whole new angle on prosthetic ankles; a nanotech inspiration from single-celled architects; and sure, there may be "gold in them thar hills," but there's a quadrillion tons of diamonds in the Earth's interior
What does it mean to be a citizen of biology? Drew Endy, associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
What is synthetic biology? Catherine Royer, professor of biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
Curator and paleontologist Neil Landman gives seven ways that the nautilus is unique among its evolutionary neighbors
"Walking molecules" that haul damaged DNA to the cell's emergency room, drones that could be small as a fingernail, fish that do the "electric hide," and local interventions that could boost coral's resilience to bleaching
What is the future of synthetic biology? Zan Luthey-Schulten, co-director at the Center for the Physics of Living Cells, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
It's episode 6 of "4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week": A pollen catapult, memory palace, brain reversal and a way to make concrete green
Zombie ants, DNA robots, growing organs and an app for assessing autism
Ryan St. Laurent, a doctoral student in the Kawahara Lab at the Florida Museum of Natural History, published a study showing that certain molecular techniques can allow researchers to extract as much DNA from dried museum sack-bearer moth specimens as from ethanol-preserved, recently collected material