VIEW HEADLINES ONLY

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?

How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

How does a growing flower bud or feather follicle know where to put the intricate colors and patterns on a mature flower or feather? Scientists are beginning to get partial answers.

Secrets of Three Amazing Animals Unveiled

Here are accounts of three very different animals whose behaviors have baffled scientists till now. Scientists are beginning to get at least partial answers for scientific mysteries by carefully observing and testing to see how things work.

How to Use Your Brain

The fact that you can ponder how to use your brain implies it is a physical tool your soul uses. New findings support the idea that we can improve our brain function through effort, like we can learn to become better computer users.

Biomimetics Roundup

Here's a quick rundown of news on new technologies emerging from the study of plants, animals, and cells.

Wood You Cellulose for Starch?

Cellulose is the most abundant biomolecule, but how it's made still baffles scientists. Soon, though, you may be able to eat it.

Human and Animal Brains: Uniquenesses and Similarities

Several recent science articles explore what we have in common with animals, and what is unique about the human brain.

Intact Protein Remnants Found in Dinosaur Eggs

A new record for soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil was reported in Nature: collagen in dinosaur eggs from the early Jurassic.
All Posts by Date