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The Physics of Long Necks

Long-necked sauropods faced a fundamental problem in physics when stooping down to drink.

Backward Wiring of Eye Retina Confirmed as Optimal

You can't get any better performance out of an eyeball than the way it's designed, backward wiring and all.

Stunning Fossils Featured

A magazine has displayed some of the most amazing fossils of animals that were suddenly captured in unusual situations.

Epigenome Project Finds Symphony in Cells

If all cells have the same genome, why do they look and act differently? The epigenome conducts each part in the symphony.

Learn How to Operate Your Body

You have built-in machinery and software that's beyond your awareness. Here are ways to enlist your equipment for better health.

"Natural Evil" May Be Broken Good

Things in nature we consider nasty are sometimes good systems that have broken.

A Niagara-Class Waterfall in Days

Europe's biggest waterfall likely formed catastrophically instead of gradually, a new analysis reveals.

Fun With Biomimetics

Here are new things we're learning from plants and animals, where nature is the engineering professor.

Smart Mammal Tricks

Take any animal group. The closer you look, the more interesting things get. Check out four mammals.

Heart Mountain Slide Levitated on Gas

The world's largest landslide moved a mountain range 31 miles on a cushion of carbon dioxide, geologists say.

First Rosetta Science Results Are Surprising

The first suite of science papers from the Rosetta mission has been published, giving new insights about comets.

How to Respect a Crow

They're black and noisy, but the more you learn about crows, the more you will appreciate them—or at least respect them as you shoo them from your scarecrow.

Double Trouble for Cosmology

Two developments are converging to threaten the standard big bang model of the universe's origin.

More Cosmic Fine-Tuning Found

The Anthropic Principle refuses to go away. The mass of the light quark adds to finely tuned factors that make the universe life-supporting.

Animals Come Pre-Equipped With Machinery

Guidance systems, compasses, switchboards, motors, robotic machines: we're talking about systems inside animals—and you.
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