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What's a Hairy Wood Ant Good For?

A humble, rare ant might help humans learn how to communicate better with networks. It's just one of many ways nature is inspiring technology that approaches perfection.

Parallel Universe of Microbial "Dark Matter" Revealed

As scientists continue to find incredible diversity in the smallest of organisms, realizations of all we've been missing are changing conceptions of life.

Quantum Secret of Photosynthesis Revealed

The magic of light capture by plants is so small and fast, its secrets are only now being understood.

"Very Unreal and Fantastic": Electric Cables Created by Bacteria

Researchers discovered bacteria at the ocean floor that conduct electrons at distances more than a centimeter through elaborate cables.

Don't Hate Bacteria Irrationally

It should be well known by now that we are surrounded by bacteria, mostly benign, all the time -- inside and out. Some reporters still attempt to gross out the public and make misleading statements from scientific findings.

Bacteria as a Vast Unexplored Medicine Chest

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.

Biomimetics for Your Christmas Wish List

Biomimetics (the imitation of nature) continues to promise cool gadgets and useful materials that will someday yield prized gifts under the tree. Some of them might even save your life.

Wave the Stripes on the Zebra

One of Kipling’s Just-So Stories is “How the Leopard Got His Spots.” In the fanciful tale for children, the sandy-colored leopard and the Ethiopian make an arrangement to share features so that they can camouflage themselves in the forest. Spots and stripes are widespread in the living world, but how do they come about? Surely science can come up with a better explanation than Kipling’s. Just so, a recent scientific paper suggests that understanding the process is still a long way off.
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