Biology

Healthy Diet? That Depends on Your Genes

Healthy diet? That depends on your genes

A recently published Cornell University study describes how shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to...
Bringing 'Avatar'-Like Glowing Plants to the Real World

Bringing ‘Avatar’-like glowing plants to the real world

The 2009 film "Avatar" created a lush imaginary world, illuminated by magical, glowing plants. Now researchers are starting to bring this spellbinding vision to life...
How the penis bone help with male competition

How the penis bone help with male competition

A new UCL study examines how the baculum (penis bone) evolved in mammals and explores its possible function in primates and carnivores – groups...
MIT engineers create plants that glow

MIT engineers create plants that glow

Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could...
New theory addresses how life on earth arose from the primordial muck

New theory addresses how life on earth arose from the primordial muck

Life on Earth originated in an intimate partnership between the nucleic acids (genetic instructions for all organisms) and small proteins called peptides, according to...
Aliens may be more like us than we think

Aliens may be more like us than we think

Hollywood films and science fiction literature fuel the belief that aliens are other-worldly, monster-like beings, who are very different to humans. But new research suggests...
Why can't we always stop what we've started

Why can’t we always stop what we’ve started?

When we try to stop a body movement at the last second, perhaps to keep ourselves from stepping on what we just realized was...
Scientist's accidental exhale leads to improved DNA detector

Scientist’s accidental exhale leads to improved DNA detector

Greg Madejski held his breath as he looked into the microscope, trying to weld two fingernail-sized chips together: a tiny chip containing a nanofilter...
CLOCK gene may hold answers to human brain evolution

CLOCK gene may hold answers to human brain evolution

Scientists have long sought to unravel the molecular mysteries that make the human brain special: What processes drove its evolution through the millennia? Which genes...
A case where smoking helped

A case where smoking helped

Rice University scientists help understand mechanics of rare hemoglobin mutation. There's at least one person in the world for whom smoking has a beneficial effect,...