Monday February 20th 2017

Posts Tagged ‘biology’

Let the structural symphony begin

Let the structural symphony begin

Like other structural biologists, Eva Nogales works in extraordinary times. The University of California, Berkeley, faculty member now has the tools to tackle important questions about cells’ molecular machinery that would have been impossible to answer just a few [Read More]

Living Long Beneath the Sea

Living Long Beneath the Sea

  In the muck beneath the ocean floor, there’s something alive. Lots of somethings. But don’t worry: You’ll never see them. Instead, these tiny, one-celled germs are content to hunker down in very old clay, for a very long time, eating just enough to stay alive. [Read More]

Icy inns at Earth’s end

Icy inns at Earth’s end

  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, reminding us once again of the deadly threat icebergs can pose to life. Still, the bad reputation icebergs sometimes have isn’t entirely deserved — even if the scientists who study these [Read More]

Interrupting cancer’s travel plans

Interrupting cancer’s travel plans

Randy Watnickʼs pursuit of a better drug against metastatic cancer began late at night in early 2005. His infant daughter had woken up in tears at their home in Newton, Mass., near Boston. The molecular biologist climbed out of bed, scooped up the sobbing baby, and helped [Read More]

Green Hornets

Green Hornets

Oriental wasps turn ultraviolet light into energy, say researchers from Tel Aviv University. Listen to this show from the Loh Down on Science to learn more. [Read More]

Lotion takes a bite out of snake venom

Lotion takes a bite out of snake venom

For a person who has the rotten luck to get bitten by a poisonous snake, every second counts. That’s because venom can spread quickly from the site of the bite to the rest of the body, causing pain, suffering — even death. Australian scientists now have found a way to [Read More]

Gut Instinct

Gut Instinct

For every cell in your brain, bones, organs and blood, there are 10 bacteria. They’re not going anywhere, so you might as well get used to them. Bacteria can be helpful: Some live in the intestines and aid with digestion. They can also be harmful: Some bacteria cause [Read More]

Germy weather

Germy weather

Some people see hail; others see opportunity. I wrote a short snap for Science News for Kids about what a researcher found inside hailstones. Read it here. It was based on a longer Science News article by Janet Raloff. [Read More]

Wormy underground

Wormy underground

Scientists have discovered a new kind of nematode living in three-quarters of a mile underground in a gold mine in South Africa.  If worms can survive in extreme underground environments, then perhaps similar life exists deep beneath the surface of other planets. I wrote [Read More]

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How nonequilibrium thermodynamics speaks to the mystery of life

How nonequilibrium thermodynamics speaks to the mystery of life

In his 1944 book What is Life?, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger argued that organisms stay alive precisely by [Read More]

Solving a math problem to create art

Solving a math problem to create art

Optimization is the mathematical quest for the best way to do something, from finding the shortest distance between two [Read More]

The Internet of Things wants to link all facets of our world

The Internet of Things wants to link all facets of our world

A 94Fifty looks like an ordinary basketball. You can inflate, dribble, pass, shoot, swoosh and slam-dunk it. But [Read More]

When your stuff spies on you

When your stuff spies on you

In October 2016, hackers hit a company called Dyn. Hackers are people who write computer programs that can break into [Read More]

The return of supersolids!

The return of supersolids!

We learn it from a young age: solids hold their shapes; liquids flow. Physical states of matter are mutually exclusive. [Read More]

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