Muscle Power Is Designed, Not Evolutionary
July 13, 2013
The wonder of muscle inspires both awe at its design and opportunities for evolutionary storytelling.
Ancient Text Found in Jerusalem from David's Time
July 12, 2013
Inscriptions are rare but valuable artifacts in archaeology. Though short and simple, a fragmentary inscription on a jug sets a record as the oldest ever found in Jerusalem, from the era of David and Solomon or before.
Animal and Plant Tricks
July 10, 2013
There's no end of amazing tricks in the living world – adaptations that aid their success. Finding them is one thing. Explaining them is another.
Underwater Forest Discovered: How Old?
July 9, 2013
Sixty feet down in Gulf waters off the coast of Alabama, stumps of an old cypress forest have appeared. How can they be 52,000 years old when the wood still smells like cypress? The discovery was reported by Live Science. It includes a five-minute video tour of the area which the discoverers are keeping secret […]
Bizarre Creatures With Incredible Design
July 3, 2013
Animals, whether living or fossil, often show surprising tricks of sensation, adaptation, or ornamentation.
More Wonders Going On Inside You
July 2, 2013
Since we all live in a body, we should all feel intrigued with what goes in under our skin. There are more wonders than science can ever fully know.
Brain Cells Have a Twist-Open Gate
June 25, 2013
The structure of an important potassium-ion gate in the membrane of brain cells has been found to open like a camera iris.
Living Design Inspires Design
June 24, 2013
Engineers continue to look to the living world for solutions to practical problems. One of them is as close as your skin.
Plants Do Arithmetic
June 23, 2013
For keeping track of their food stores for the next day, plants perform "sophisticated" arithmetical division.
Quantum Secret of Photosynthesis Revealed
June 22, 2013
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
June 11, 2013
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
June 3, 2013
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
May 31, 2013
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
May 30, 2013
How can you tell where sounds come from? The brain is quicker than the speed of sound between your ears.
New Biomimetics Stories
May 26, 2013
Here are some new ways scientists are imitating plants and animals to understand their designs and make new products.