Invisible Subs and Other Tricks Inspired by Life
November 21, 2015
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
September 18, 2015
What do a virus and a whale have in common? They didn't fossilize slowly a long time ago.
Pathogens Don't Exist
December 10, 2014
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
November 25, 2014
Wonders of the human body continue to pour forth from scientific research, providing more reasons to give thanks.
Viruses May Do the Ocean Good
November 2, 2014
A new study shows that viruses can help keep down algal blooms.
Less Darwin, More Pasteur
October 1, 2014
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
July 7, 2014
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
May 30, 2014
A virus efficiently packs its DNA into its capsule with a powerful molecular motor working against repulsive forces.
Giant Virus Rises from the Past
March 5, 2014
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
February 27, 2014
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
July 20, 2013
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
May 22, 2013
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
October 10, 2011
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.