What is synthetic biology? Catherine Royer, professor of biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
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.
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
Researchers at Tufts University have developed a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a sugar called xylose
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, along with study-lead Southern Cross University in Australia, have found that sands that provide material for the building and maintenance of some coral reef ecosystems face a decline
National Science Foundation-funded researchers at University of Illinois-Champagne have developed Mantis Cam, a bio-inspired camera which mimics the eyes of the mantis shrimp
Bug eaters, remotes, hurricanes and memories. Your weekly briefing on the latest discoveries you might not hear about anywhere else, all with funding from the National Science Foundation
A University of Otago paleontologist's discovery of an ancient fossil of a whale that swam the Antarctic seas 34 million years ago has paved the way for new knowledge about the evolution of baleen whales
Researchers at Virginia Tech University have discovered the inner workings of a two-pump system in mosquitoes' heads
euroscientists at Indiana University have reported the first evidence that non-human animals can mentally replay past events from memory
Researchers have developed a way to study the brain of a bat as it flies, recording for the first time what happens as an animal focuses its attention
A Vanderbilt team has taken the next step forward in using a little-known bacteria to stop the spread of deadly mosquito-borne viruses, such as Zika and dengue
With support from the National Science Foundation, developmental biologist Arnaud Martin and his team at George Washington University are using cutting-edge genomic techniques, such as CRISPR, to better understand how the rich stripes and swirls of a butterfly's wing take their shape
With support from the National Science Foundation's Rapid Response Research program, Rice ecologists Tom Miller, Sarah Bengston and Scott Solomon, along with their students, are evaluating whether Hurricane Harvey increased opportunities for invasion by exotic ants in southeast Texas
Researchers increasingly turn to computational genomics to assist in bioremediation, a process that uses naturally occurring organisms to help turn hazardous wastes into less toxic or non-toxic materials
National Science Foundation-funded scientists believe that the fruit bat can simply click its tongue at different positions within its mouth and produce signals in different directions without moving its head or mouth