Biology

One step closer to the plants than can create their own fertilizer

One step closer to the plants than can create their own fertilizer

A team at Washington University in St. Louis has created a bacteria that uses photosynthesis to create oxygen during the day, and at night,...
Are our lawns biological deserts

Are our lawns biological deserts?

Worried about your lawn drying up in the summer heat? A bigger threat may lie next door, in your neighbor’s lawns: they all look alike. Although...
Genome editing reduces cholesterol in animals, humans could be next

Genome editing reduces cholesterol in animals, humans could be next

People who have high cholesterol often turn to statins and newer drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors to manage the condition. But those who don’t tolerate...
How evolution guides animals to pick the right mates

How evolution guides animals to pick the right mates

New research maps an unexpected path by which evolution arranged for animals to choose the right partners. Working with fruit flies, the scientists probed how...
Spiders go ballooning on electric fields

Spiders go ballooning on electric fields

The aerodynamic capabilities of spiders have intrigued scientists for hundreds of years. Charles Darwin himself mused over how hundreds of the creatures managed to alight...
Scientists find bacteria in aircraft cabins much like that in homes and offices

Scientists find bacteria in aircraft cabins much like that in homes and offices

What does flying in a commercial airliner have in common with working at the office or relaxing at home? According to a new study by...
Natural selection could have influence on lizards' 'personalities'

Natural selection could have influence on lizards’ ‘personalities’

For more than a century, scientists have understood that natural selection have profound effects on how an animal looks—Anolis lizards that spend more time...
Electricity-producing bacteria could help power future space missions

Electricity-producing bacteria could help power future space missions

Humans aren’t the only ones who have harnessed the power of electricity. Some bacteria do this, too, by producing structures that extend from their surface...
Zika virus may pose greater threat of miscarriages than previously thought

Zika virus may pose greater threat of miscarriages than previously thought

Recent research suggests that more women could be losing their pregnancies to the Zika virus without knowing they are infected. The study, published in Nature Medicine,...
This virus actually may boost our immune system

This virus actually may boost our immune system

Our immune system is at its peak when we're young, but after a certain age, it declines and it becomes more difficult for our...