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Invisible Subs and Other Tricks Inspired by Life

Working scientists seem less focused on evolution and more on design these days, figuring out how animals and plants do amazing things.

Fossils Defy Slow, Gradual Deposition Over Long Ages

What do a virus and a whale have in common? They didn't fossilize slowly a long time ago.

Pathogens Don't Exist

It takes a partnership to have a disease, say two microbiologists who argue for ditching the word "pathogen."

Let's Get [Thankful for the] Physical

Wonders of the human body continue to pour forth from scientific research, providing more reasons to give thanks.

Viruses May Do the Ocean Good

A new study shows that viruses can help keep down algal blooms.

Less Darwin, More Pasteur

Pasteur's vision of eradicating rabies remains unfulfilled 129 years after he cured a boy. Isn't that a nobler goal of science than storytelling about evolution?

Life Worth Imitating

The living treasure chest of biological designs opens wider each week, inspiring human engineers to improve human health and productivity.

Virus Motors Show Mechanical Design

A virus efficiently packs its DNA into its capsule with a powerful molecular motor working against repulsive forces.

Giant Virus Rises from the Past

The media are shocked that a virus resurrected from 32,000-year-old permafrost can still actively invade amoebas.

Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Medieval Human Dung

Centuries before antibiotics were put into use for human health, genes for antibiotic resistance already existed in viruses found in human coprolites, new research shows.

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.

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.

Biomimetics to the Rescue of Science

The booming field of biomimetics (imitating nature’s designs) is fascinating not only for the amazing products it promises, but for the fresh new opportunities it provides for science and engineering. From viruses to mammals, everything in the living world is now being seen in a new light: agents of innovation that humans can learn from. Here are just a few examples in recent news, arranged in order from large to small inspirational creatures.
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