Epigenetics Leads the Genetics News
August 21, 2012
More and more studies are revealing systems that regulate DNA. Here are some recent samples.
Mind Your Brain
August 18, 2012
Recent discoveries about the brain and the mind reveal the wonders inside our skulls and pose deep philosophical questions.
Inventors Covet Nature's Engineering
August 16, 2012
Scientists and entrepreneurs can't get enough of the design solutions found in the living world.
Brazil's Islands in the Sky Defy Evolution
August 9, 2012
Isolated table mountains with sheer cliffs in South America should be natural laboratories for evolution. Why aren't they?
Olympic Plants Perform in Place
July 30, 2012
They may be rooted in the ground, but plants run their own Olympic organization.
Venter: Life Is Robotic Software
July 15, 2012
What is life? It's software that runs biological robots, says a leading geneticist.
Anxiety May Shorten Your Cell Life
July 12, 2012
Two newly published studies involving thousands of nurses show that lifestyle and attitude might influence the age of your cells.
Epigenetics: the 21st-Century Scientific Revolution
July 4, 2012
If genetics was the 20th century's major scientific revolution, epigenetics appears to be the big revolution for the 21st.
Evolutionists Taking Credit for Biomimetics
July 1, 2012
Biomimetics is all about design – intelligent design, mimicking the superb designs found in nature. Why, then, are some scientists claiming evolutionary theory is where the biomimetic beef is?
Evolution Worked Magic in Plants
June 29, 2012
Some evolutionary papers are filled with verbs like arose, emerged, and originated. Do these convey scientific understanding, or are they veils concealing ignorance? Is it like saying "abracadabra" to say something "arose" by evolution? A recent paper about sophisticated metabolic enzymes in plants is a case in point.
Pitcher Plant Inspires R&D Award
June 21, 2012
The R&D 100 award, previously given for inventions like the fax machine and automated teller machine, has been given this year for a biologically-inspired design that could revolutionize society in many ways.
Neanderthal-Heidelberg Distinction Blurs
June 14, 2012
"Heidelberg Man" has been a modern name imposed on certain fossil humans that have been unable to speak for themselves. Now, their bones appear to overlap with Neanderthals. But don't modern humans have Neanderthal DNA? Do the distinctions make any sense?
Animal Olympians Inspire Engineers
June 13, 2012
Here are more stories about animals, plants and cells attracting scientists with their astonishing capabilities, proving that biomimetics is one of the hottest trends in science.
Spiders Can Cross Oceans
May 31, 2012
Why did the spider cross the ocean? To colonize the Old World after it "originated" in the New World.
Bacteria as a Vast Unexplored Medicine Chest
May 28, 2012
Most of our therapeutic agents have been derived from bacteria. A new survey shows we have barely tapped the surface of potential medicines beneath our feet.