An international team of researchers has discovered that the gene FT -- the primary driver of the transition to flowering in plants each spring -- does something unexpected in Arabidopsis thaliana plants grown in natural environments, with implications for the artificial growing conditions scientists commonly used in the lab
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.
Catching brain hijackers, landscaping for the birds, a mussel shell tell and faster protein sequencing
A new study contradicts assumptions that developed areas have fewer mammals and less variety in mammal species
Spooky Antarctic vibes, moving magma matters, tracking the tropics and aging ancient animals. It's "4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week"
Mammals gone wild, blue star mystery, muscle rescue and taming a berry
A new study shows for the first time that animals may be able to use their own muscles to get water when it's not available
Illuminating danger, fighting ice with ice, modeling dragonfly wings and new personality choices
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"