What Do a Toucan, an Oyster and a Spider Have in Common? Bio-Engineers' Drool
February 17, 2013
If we want to build more robust, lightweight materials, two researchers say, look to nature.
Was Charlemagne Protected from a Cosmic Disaster? A Carbon-14 Mystery
January 22, 2013
Tree ring data from the 8th century hint that a cosmic catastrophe was averted on the "privileged planet."
Ferrari-Like Gears Move Your Muscles
January 20, 2013
A creative science reporter compares the "gears" of molecular motors in your muscle cells to those of high-performance cars.
Wilt Thou? Not with Guards in the Chem Lab
January 7, 2013
Plants avoid wilting with pairs of guard cells performing chemical wizardry.
Happy New Biomimetics Year
January 4, 2013
The variety of design applications coming from the imitation of natural solutions continues to be astonishing.
An Unexpected Forest Helper: Mistletoe
December 31, 2012
Long thought a tree-killing bane, parasitic mistletoe appears to do much more good than harm to a forest ecology.
Red Blood Cells Are Frisbees, Tanks and Wheels
December 30, 2012
Cells as commonplace as red blood cells still keep researchers wondering how they perform their job so well.
Nose Has Gain Control
December 28, 2012
Sound engineers know how to use gain control to avoid “redlining” or saturating the signal while amplifying weak but important signals. Your nose knows that trick, too. The sense of smell is complex because of the tremendous variety of odorant molecules that must be interpreted. Molecules that trigger signals in the initial neurons trigger a […]
Carol of the Birds
December 24, 2012
Can birds make you happy? Some scientists think so, but why? There seems to be a connection between seeing birds in their natural habitat and a person’s sense of well-being, reported Science Daily. Whether that is true may be a function of the setting and species of bird (buzzards, ostriches probably not rating as high […]
Titan Is as Titan Does
December 23, 2012
Saturn's giant moon Titan keeps revealing mysterious dynamics in the here and now, leaving interpretation to fallible scientists who sometimes predicted otherwise.
The Holly and the I.D. – News from Epigenetics
December 21, 2012
Holly leaf shape may be due to epigenetic control – one of several recent developments in the field of epigenetics.
Eye Retina Is Analog-to-Digital Converter
December 17, 2012
Before you see, your retina has done multiple digital transformations on the incoming signal.
Make Like a Dog, Owl, or Beetle: How Biomimetics Will Improve Our Lives
November 30, 2012
The greatest breakthroughs in health and engineering may be as near as the back yard: 13 more stimulating stories from biomimetics.
Adult Stem Cell Breakthroughs Continue
November 28, 2012
Adult stem cells continue to show promise as more about these pluripotent cells comes to light.
Proteins Conduct Electricity
November 25, 2012
A remarkable finding at the single-molecule level shows a protein can conduct a large amount of electricity.