Researchers dissected the jaws of ants infected with the Ophiocordyceps fungus to determine how the fungus hijacks the ants' behavior. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...
A proof-of-concept study got transgenic tobacco plants to make a useful enzyme in their chloroplasts, not nuclei, minimizing chances for transfer to other organisms.
A large, correlation-based study identifies eight genome regions associated with the eating disorder
Life’s information-storage system is being adapted to handle massive amounts of information
A pharmaceutical probability project from Science Buddies
Advanced solvents and enzymes are transforming woody wastes into better biodegradable plastics
As a boy, George P. Smith was fascinated by reptiles. In this interview with Scientific American , Smith talks about how his scientific interest changed from reptiles to molecular biology—and led to his Nobel Prize-winning work using evolutionary principles to develop systems that make it possible to create entirely new kinds of pharmaceuticals...
Biologists are building an organism that can shrug off any virus on the planet. Impervious human cells may be next
Swedish designer Jan Klingler has garnered attention for his stunning lighting featuring bacteria
The slimy stuff has a surprisingly wide array of beneficial biological functions
Males that allow females to take food right out of their mouths are more likely to sire offspring with their dining companions.
Dragonfly, a nuclear-powered drone, will visit Saturn’s largest moon in the 2030s
The giant bird roamed Europe more than two million years ago
By switching fruit flies' sensory neurons on and off with light, scientists were able to create the sensation of sweet or bitter tastes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Walking without shoes builds calluses, but that does not limit sensation
Wheat plants' leaves repel water, which creates the perfect conditions for dew droplets to catapult off the leaves—taking pathogenic spores for the ride. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Mice that were fed bacteria isolated from elite athletes logged more treadmill time than other mice that got bacteria found in yogurt.
The chemical these bacteria produce appears to enhance athleticism
Bacteria live on our eyeballs, and understanding their role could help treat common eye diseases
Rather than wiping microbes out, antiperspirants and foot powders increased the diversity of microbial flora in armpits and between toes. Christopher Intagliata reports.