Plant Intranet Seen in Action
October 24, 2014
How do roots respond to what the top of the plant experiences? With an elaborate communication system resembling email.
Cell Biologists Use Machine Language
October 23, 2014
This is a golden age of discovery about molecular machines, but the metaphor may be moving from machinery to information processing.
The Cures Are Inside You
October 22, 2014
Your body has the means to repair itself, if the right cells get into the right places.
The Machinery Behind the Senses
October 21, 2014
There's a lot of physical work our eyes, ears, and brain cells perform to support our perceptions of the world.
How Useful Is Evolutionary Theory?
October 19, 2014
What has Darwin done for you lately? Some evolutionists promote Darwinism because of its alleged usefulness to humanity.
How Explanatory Is Evolutionary Theory?
October 18, 2014
Darwinians make big boasts about their theory as the central organizing principle in biology, but what does it actually explain?
Animals Overcome Limitations of Physics
October 16, 2014
The limits of human engineering have been overcome by animals in surprising ways worth imitating.
Monarch Butterflies Do Not Have to Migrate
October 7, 2014
When 101 butterfly genomes were compared, there were surprises.
Of Molecules and Men
September 27, 2014
Atoms and molecules are tiny but can have a big influence on the habitability of planets and astrobiologists' theories about them.
Findings Spur New Ethical Challenges
September 16, 2014
Some researchers are pushing harder for human embryonic stem cells over induced pluripotent stem cells. Other news overlapping with ethics is noted in this entry.
Scientific Claims Are Reversible
September 11, 2014
How much confidence can the public put in scientific claims today, given that some long-lived dogmas have been reversed?
Body Wonders at the Cellular Level
September 10, 2014
If we kept track of all the nano-scopic processes that keep us alive, we would be giga-astonished.
Mars Radiation Fries Organic Compounds
September 5, 2014
Don't expect the "building blocks of life" to last very long on Mars.
Beat the Competition with Natural Design
August 27, 2014
Want to engineer something right the first time and beat the competition? Find out how life does it.
Living Stalactites and Other Geological Surprises
August 19, 2014
Dripstones in caves can be made by microbes, some speleologists find. That's among several recent geological surprises.