Bacteria Take Up Dead DNA, Scrambling Evolution
November 20, 2013
It's not just horizontal gene transfer that can obscure evolutionary history. Scientists have found bacteria recycling fragmented DNA from long-dead organisms. The impact on evolutionary theory could be substantial.
Tropical Trees Found in Antarctica
November 16, 2013
Fossilized stumps of tropical trees show that Antarctica was once forested.
Three New and Different Biomimetics Stories
November 15, 2013
There appears to be no end of ways to imitate nature's designs.
Cool Tools in your Cellular Toolkit
November 13, 2013
Biochemists can't help using familiar tools to describe what they are finding in living cells.
Vicious Crocodile Attacks Helpless Fruit
November 11, 2013
An evolutionist was surprised to find wild crocodiles eating fruit. He has a lesson for scientists.
Attack of the Giant Platypus
November 5, 2013
King Kong Platypus. Platypus-zilla. That's what they're calling a new fossil that is shaking up the platypus family tree.
Life Keeps Quality Time
October 26, 2013
Several recent findings describe how living organisms keep accurate time in surprising ways.
Bee Brain Shows Design Matters Over Size
October 22, 2013
Honeybees can be trained to grasp conceptual relationships, new experiments show, demonstrating that it's not just brain size that governs ability.
3-D Printing Is a Simplified Form of Biomimetics
October 21, 2013
One of the hottest industrial revolutions in progress is 3-D printing. It can't hold a candle, though, to biological materials construction.
How Sleep Helps the Brain
October 20, 2013
Sleeping is essential for health, we know. But how many know the processes that clear out the clutter for the next day's work?
The Ocean's Most Efficient Swimmer Is… A Jellyfish
October 19, 2013
They look so lazy, drifting among the waves, but jellyfish are powered by such efficient mechanisms, the Navy wants to imitate them.
Space Diamonds May Be Closer to Home
October 13, 2013
While casting doubt on stars made of diamond, other news reports are saying the precious jewels may inhabit the gas giants of our solar system.
Marvelous Machines That Keep You Running
October 5, 2013
Here are just a few of the recent reports describing the intricate biological machines on which life depends.
Induced Stem Cells Get Faster, Better, Cheaper
September 24, 2013
Scientists have not only made the production of induced pluripotent stem cells much more efficient, but also have made them just as capable as embryonic stem cells of being able to produce any cell type.
Reverse Engineer Living Solutions
September 20, 2013
Need solutions to practical engineering problems? Save time and effort; see how animals and plants do it.