Left-Handed Life: Is the Chirality Problem Near Solution?
October 2, 2014
Cells use only left-handed amino acids and right-handed sugars. A new hypothesis involving the weak nuclear force tries to address this asymmetry.
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.
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.
Entrepreneurs Find Gold in Nature
August 8, 2014
Inspiration for invention comes from everywhere in nature's engineering. At every level, there are designs worth imitating.
Scientists Equate Evolution to "Stuff Happens"
June 23, 2014
Researchers generalize findings that evolution depends on rare chance events.
Even the Plants Have Eyes
May 16, 2014
How do plants steer toward the light? They have eyes the size of molecules.
Dinosaur Soft Tissue "Explained"
November 26, 2013
The discoverer of soft tissue in dinosaur bone now has a new explanation for its preservation – but does it really answer the obvious question?
Origin of Life Theory Invokes Resurrection
August 10, 2013
Some scientists from Europe and America believe in the resurrection – of proteins.
Quantum Secret of Photosynthesis Revealed
June 22, 2013
The magic of light capture by plants is so small and fast, its secrets are only now being understood.
Intact Protein Remnants Found in Dinosaur Eggs
April 10, 2013
A new record for soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil was reported in Nature: collagen in dinosaur eggs from the early Jurassic.
OOLishness: The Imaginary World of Origin-of-Life Studies
March 20, 2013
Why aren't philosophers of science shaming origin-of-life researchers out of the science department? OOL theories depend on imagination, not empirical evidence, for their broad-brush conclusions.
Proteins Conduct Electricity
November 25, 2012
A remarkable finding at the single-molecule level shows a protein can conduct a large amount of electricity.
Jellyfish for Your Health
November 12, 2012
Jellyfish have inspired a cancer cell search tool – just one of new products and services inspired by nature.
Inventions Inspired by Mother Nature's Designs
November 2, 2012
Biological solutions to physical challenges are inspiring new technologies.
Dinosaur Soft Tissue Case Strengthened
October 22, 2012
At a meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Mary Schweitzer gave more evidence she found soft tissue in dinosaur bone.