Migratory birds such as European robins can sense the Earth’s magnetic field. Now researchers show for the first time that a molecule from their visual apparatus is sensitive to magnetic field. Credit: Corinna Langebrake and Ilia Solov’yov Humans perceive the world around them with five senses — vision, hearing, taste, […]

The flower-like set of points represents all possible shapes that the smarticle swarm can take on. In line with rattling theory, the most common shapes are also the most orderly with the lowest rattling (shown in blue). Credit: Thomas A. Berrueta Predicting when and how collections of particles, robots, or […]

Polychaete worm, Tomopteris, with setae moving on each side of the body in metachronal waves. Credit: Sean Colin   ANIMATION When you think of swimming, you probably imagine pushing through the water—creating backwards thrust that pushes you forward. New research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) suggests instead that many marine […]

A high-power microscopic image of the skeleton from Turbinaria peltata shows a pattern of both ion-attachment (in blue) and nanoparticle attachment (in green) of new minerals to the skeleton, indicating that both systems are used to build coral skeletons. Credit: Courtesy of Pupa Gilbert Coral reefs are vibrant communities that […]

A remora attached to the skin of a blue whale. Credit: Stanford University & Cascadia Research Collective. Image collected under NMFS permit #16111. When it comes to hitching a ride, whale-surfing remoras are perfectly at home latching onto the largest creatures on the planet. “From static photos, it’s easy to […]

Postdoctoral associate Junwei Li, lead author of the study, holds an example of a capsule containing their enzyme. Credit: Image by Melanie Gonick/MIT MIT engineers devise a temporary film that could deliver drugs or aid in digestion and may help treat diabetes, infections, and other conditions. By making use of enzymes […]

The bacterial exposure experiment took place from 2015 to 2018 using the Exposed Facility located on the exterior of Kibo, the Japanese Experimental Module of the International Space Station. Credit: JAXA/NASA Tanpopo mission addresses the possibility of natural interplanetary transport of microbial life called panspermia. Imagine microscopic life-forms, such as […]

Animation Princeton-led team trains wild hummingbirds to discriminate UV color combinations. To find food, dazzle mates, escape predators and navigate diverse terrain, birds rely on their excellent color vision. “Humans are color-blind compared to birds and many other animals,” said Mary Caswell Stoddard, an assistant professor in the Princeton University Department of Ecology […]

Reconstruction of the giant pterosaur Hatzegopteryx launching into the air, just after the forelimbs have left the ground. Credit: Mark Witton Pterosaurs were the largest animals ever to fly. They soared the skies for 160 million years–much longer than any species of modern bird. Despite their aeronautic excellence, these ancient […]

Damage (red devils) like drying out, harsh chemicals or heat normally causes proteins to become unstable and lose their proper shape and function (left side, orange). Researchers at the University of Tokyo have characterized Hero proteins (pink, purple, green), long, flexible proteins that protect other proteins (right side, orange). Credit: […]