Tag: Biology

Bacteria Can Alter Their Behavior To Navigate Microscopic 'Obstacle Course'

Researchers discovered that E.coli does not slow down when presented with obstacles. In an experiment, instead of swimming and tumbling, the bacteria changes its behavior to get to its target rapidly.

May 22, 2019

First Humans On Mars Will Evolve Into An Entirely New Species Quickly, Says Evolutionary Biologist

Humans to Mars appears inevitable, but evolutionary biologist Scott Solomon is interested in what happens to the species once we get there. Among the changes he expects in Martian humans include near-sightedness, stronger bones, and loss of the immune system.

Space May 21, 2019

Robot Translator Allows Fish And Bees To Communicate With Each Other

Engineers made it possible for fish and bees to communicate with each other using a robot translator. The experiment was chaotic in the beginning, but turned out successful in the end.

Robotics March 23, 2019

Water Bears May Offer Clues To Human Health And Survival

Tardigrades are much tinier than a speck, yet they are among the most resilient creatures that ever lived on Earth. Humans could learn a thing or two about preservation and survival from these water bears.

Animals March 21, 2019

Small Creatures With Stronger Punch Can Help Engineers Build Faster Robots

Engineers can learn a thing or two by observing how small creatures like mantis shrimps use their exoskeleton spring to move swiftly. A recent research analyzed how the motor-spring-latch system in smaller creatures can influence the way robots are made.

Robotics April 27, 2018

Scientists May Have Found Missing Link Chemical That Led To Life On Earth

The origin of life is one of the biggest questions scientists have been trying to answer. Now, some chemists believe a chemical called DAP may be the link to explain the beginning of primitive Earth.

Ancient November 7, 2017

Embryo-carrying Dinosaur Relative Pushes Back Archosauromorphs Reproductive Biology By 50 Million Years

Embryo-carrying, 250-million-year-old fossil of the long-necked dino relative has its profound effect on the present knowledge about the reproductive biology among archosauromorphs. The fish-eating Dinocephalosaurus thrived during the Middle Triassic Period.

Animals February 17, 2017

LOOK: Why This Amoeba Was Named After 'Lord Of The Rings' Character Gandalf

A new species of camoeba, a member of the amoeba family, was named after Gandalf, a fictional character in the high-fantasy novel, 'Lord of the Rings,' by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Animals February 16, 2017

Frog Saliva An Important Hunting Tool: Study

A recent study has revealed that frog saliva can change viscosity while capturing flies and insects and pulling them in the mouth. The study has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Animals February 2, 2017

Researchers Take Cues From Popeye, Use Spinach Leaves To Produce Energy

Researchers converted solar power into hydrogen fuel in a new experiment. The technique involved a bio-photo-electro-chemical cell developed from a membrane extract of spinach leaves and had water as the only raw material.

Energy September 28, 2016

10 Percent Of Earth's Wilderness Vanished In The Last 20 Years

Approximately 10 percent of Earth's wilderness has vanished since the 1990s, and it's all because of human disturbance, a new study suggests. Unfortunately, researchers say lost wilderness cannot be restored back to its previous state.

Earth/Environment September 12, 2016

Washington Scientist Intends To Scan, Digitize All Fish In The World

A biology professor in Washington has begun scanning and digitizing images of various types of fish. His goal is to create a clearinghouse for morphological information on every known species of fish in the world.

Animals August 1, 2016

2 New Ant Species Remind Scientists Of 'Game Of Thrones' Dragons

The dragon ants are coming. Two new species of ants with strange spikes resemble the dragons in 'Game of Thrones' so much that scientists have decided to name the species after them.

Animals July 27, 2016

White Shark Cafe Set To Open To Human Viewers

The White Shark Cafe is an area of the Pacific Ocean where sharks make tremendous dives for unknown reasons. Biologists have a plan to find out why — a shark cam.

Animals July 2, 2016

MIT Scientists Design Gene Circuits That Perform Complex Computations

MIT researchers have developed a technique that creates gene circuits which perform complex biological computations. The technique could pave the way for better treatment of diseases and other scientific processes.

June 6, 2016

99.999 Percent Of Earth's 1 Trillion Microbial Species Remain Undiscovered: Scientists

There could be a substantial 1 trillion microbial species on Earth, but 99.999 percent probably remain undiscovered. Scientists face a herculean task ahead as they try to identify every single one of them.

Earth/Environment May 4, 2016

Monkey Mariners Made Migration To North America 21 Million Years Ago, Teeth Reveal

Monkeys may have arrived in North America from South America 21 million years ago, by building rafts and setting out across the ocean. How do biologists know this event took place?

Animals April 20, 2016

Swarm Of Thousands Of Crabs In Panama Looks Like An Alien Invasion

Crabs are seen gathering by the thousands on a seamount in the waters off the coast of Panama. What can this accidental finding tell us about these animals?

Animals April 12, 2016

Killer Fungus Pushes Seven Unique Frog Species In Australia Closer To Extinction

Seven unique frog species are at risk of extinction due to killer fungus. Biologists say that the frog species can be saved through funding a research and disease management.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2016

If You Forgot What Terror Was Like ... It's The Trap-Jaw Spider - With Lightning Strike!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the web, the trap-jaw spider strikes its prey with an ultra-fast attack. Here is how the arachnid pulls it off!

Animals April 7, 2016

Virtuali-Tee Lets Users Learn About The Body Using Virtual Reality

This smart T-shirt allows users to open an app and use a VR headset to be able to explore and learn more about the human body.

Wearable Tech March 28, 2016

Synthetic Bacteria Cell Advances Quest For Artificial Life

The first minimal synthetic bacterial cell developed by researchers could have a significant impact in the development of artificial life. Why is the creation of the simplest life form possible such an important advance?

March 24, 2016

New Type Of Stem Cell Possesses Just Half A Genome

Humans possess 46 chromosomes, but a newly-revealed type of stem cell has just half that number. How could this discovery reveal why humans have sex?

March 17, 2016

Watch A Hydra Tear Apart Its Own Body To Eat A Meal

Hydras tear apart their bodies in order to eat, a new research reveals. How can this tiny marine organism make this bizarre process work?

Animals March 9, 2016

Amber Traps 99-million-Year-Old Reptiles - The World's Oldest Lizards

Lizards from 99 million years ago have been discovered in amber remarkably well-preserved. What can these specimens teach biologists about the evolution of these creatures?

March 6, 2016

Mouse Sperm From Stem Cells May Pave Way For Infertility Treatment

Artificially-grown mouse sperm has been created and used to impregnate female mice, Chinese researchers report. Why do some scientists doubt the reports?

Life February 26, 2016

Poisonous Flower Trapped In Amber May Have Been Prehistoric Relative Of Potatoes, Coffee Beans

An ancient poisonous plant found fossilized in amber may have been an ancestor of some of our staple foods. What do we know about this unique asterid?

Animals February 17, 2016

Announcing Two Brand-New Species Of Electric Fish

Both species were discovered in Gabon, on the Atlantic Coast of Africa.

February 9, 2016

The Tiny Prairie Vole Experiences Love, Just Like You

A new study shows that the rodents have strong empathy for their partners, and will console them during a crisis.

Earth/Environment January 21, 2016

Venus Fly Traps Use Counting To Identify Prey

Each step an insect takes gives the plant new - and deadly - information.

Earth/Environment January 21, 2016

Individual Proteins Are Captured On Camera For The First Time Ever

Using a sheet of graphene and a low-energy microscope, scientists have captured images of individual proteins for the first time — and it might be the key to understanding how a wide range of diseases form.

Animals January 12, 2016

Snails Will Change Their Sex If That’s What Their Partner Is Into

A new study shows that male slipper limpets change their sex if they rub up against a smaller male of the same species.

Animals December 29, 2015

Plants Use Molecular Clock To Raise Resistance When Fungal Infection Is Likely To Occur

Plants have super powers. They can ward off infection by regulating their internal molecular clock to anticipate impending infection by pathogens.

Earth/Environment December 18, 2015

A Micrograph Shows Us What Cells Really Look Like In 'The Cell: A Visual Tour Of The Building Block Of Life'

A new book from the University of Chicago Press shows us what cells actually look like, courtesy of a technique called micrography, which utilizes digital imaging with the help of a microscope.

Animals December 1, 2015

Science Images Of The Week: Songbirds, Stars, Storms And Sperm

This week's images go from macro to micro in a major way. From dead galaxies to mouse gametes, we've got it all.

Space November 20, 2015

Bats Use Massive, Powerful Wings To Land Upside Down

The flying animals tuck one wing in while spreading the other to perform a secret maneuver as they land.

Animals November 20, 2015

Health Of Coral Reefs Can Be Measured By How Beautiful They Look: Study

Is beauty measurable? Scientists found that the health of reef ecosystems can be measured by their aesthetic quality or how beautiful they look.

Earth/Environment November 11, 2015

Physicists Use Sound To Levitate Cells And Check For Cancer

The technology is adapted from a process used to find miniscule impurities in rocket fuel.

Life November 10, 2015

Electron Beams Reveal Surprising Way That DNA Replicates

Cutting-edge technology provides a brand new look at the DNA replication process, and it looks very different from what scientists previously thought.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 9, 2015

It's A Micro Mollusk: Scientists Discover The World's Tiniest Snail

A tiny snail from Borneo is the smallest ever found, smaller than a period on a printed page. Identifying the shells in the wild required a microscope, researchers say.

November 3, 2015

Evolutionary Biologist Reveals How Extraterrestrials Possibly Reproduce

How do aliens reproduce? An evolutionary biologist believes that aliens may have several categories instead of genders and may actually be capable of self-reproduction.

Space October 29, 2015

Experts May Be Able To Teach Your Mouth To Grow Extra Teeth

Fish may hold the secret to helping grow extra human teeth and replacing those destroyed by decay or injury.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 21, 2015

Worm Study Reveals Why Men Are Obsessed About Sex

Scientists said that human males may possibly have two extra neurons in their brain that male nematode worms also have which cause them to obsess over sex. In a study, scientists discovered how this affects the organism.

October 17, 2015

Researchers Make Breakthrough In Studying Elderly Brain Cells

The new technique will be a boon to the study of Alzheimer's and will provide new avenues for research on other age-related illnesses.

October 8, 2015

Hunter Or Hunted? The Pupils Hold The Key

Vertical or horizontal pupils could make a difference in the struggle for survival, a new study finds. What can this tell us about the animal kingdom?

August 9, 2015

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