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Plants Do Arithmetic

For keeping track of their food stores for the next day, plants perform "sophisticated" arithmetical division.

Quantum Secret of Photosynthesis Revealed

The magic of light capture by plants is so small and fast, its secrets are only now being understood.

Molecular Motors Put a Spring in Your Step

When you feel in spring in your step, thank tiny molecular motors in your muscles and tissues that make it possible.

Wonders of the Spliceosome Coming to Light

The more we learn about a vital molecular machine in the nucleus, the spliceosome, the more complex and important it seems.

Felicitous Fossils Facilitate Phylogenetic Fabling

Here are some recent fossil finds that, whether they fit or not, are claimed to shed light on evolution.

Hear Ye! Directional Sound Enabled by Superfast Neurons

How can you tell where sounds come from? The brain is quicker than the speed of sound between your ears.

New Biomimetics Stories

Here are some new ways scientists are imitating plants and animals to understand their designs and make new products.

The Evolution of Penguins

Science reporters are dancing with happy feet about a news story supposedly explaining how penguins evolved.

Amazing Body Facts

There are more wonders in your body than you can possibly imagine. Here are half a dozen new findings for conversation starters.

Surprising Animals Go to Extremes

Today's entry features a mammal, a bird and an insect that have good reasons to show off.

Talking Plants and Secret Networks

There was a time when talking plants was mythology. Now, it's science.

Buried Treasure Found Under the Ocean: DNA

The most information-rich medium known to man has been found in abundance under the sea, but man didn't put it there.

Burning Plants Tell Seeds When to Germinate

Forest fire ash is not all useless. It contains signaling molecules that can switch on the next generation of plants.

Bug-Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio-Inspired Tech

Incredible advancements in technology are coming from the imitation of nature, but engineers cannot yet attain animal performance.

Intact Dinosaur Skin Found

Some material that flaked off a fossil in Alberta was not stone; it was dinosaur skin. Discoverers were excited and puzzled: how could it last so long?
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