The human eye can see 'invisible' infrared light
Any science textbook will tell you we can't see infrared light. Like X-rays and radio waves, infrared light waves are outside the visual spectrum. But an international team of researchers co-led by scientists ...
Why Do We Have Fingerprints?
Sun may determine lifespan at birth, study finds
Could the Sun be your lucky—or unlucky—star? In an unusual study published Wednesday, Norwegian scientists said people born during periods of solar calm may live longer, as much as five years on average, ...
Same-sex behavior seen in nearly all animals
Same-sex behavior is a nearly universal phenomenon in the animal kingdom, common across species, from worms to frogs to birds, concludes a new review of existing research.
The biological spoils of war: Study finds those who take part in violent conflict have more wives, children
Violent conflict may, under certain conditions, offer a biological benefit to those who take part in it, a Harvard study has found.
Why men's ring fingers are longer than their index fingers
Biologists at the University of Florida have found a reason why men's ring fingers are generally longer than their index fingers and why the reverse usually holds true for women.
Science overturns view of humans as naturally 'nasty'
Biological research increasingly debunks the view of humanity as competitive, aggressive and brutish, a leading specialist in primate behavior told a major science conference Monday.
Scientists discover 600 million-year-old origins of vision
By studying the hydra, a member of an ancient group of sea creatures that is still flourishing, scientists at UC Santa Barbara have made a discovery in understanding the origins of human vision. The finding ...
Researchers find surprising similarities between genetic and computer codes
(Phys.org) —The term "survival of the fittest" refers to natural selection in biological systems, but Darwin's theory may apply more broadly than that. New research from the U.S. Department of Energy's ...
Dutch vegetarian butcher takes on the 'Frankenburger'
Never mind last month's revolutionary test-tube beef burger grown from meat stem cells. The Dutch are way ahead with a "vegetarian butcher" who transforms plants into "meat". Dubbed the "Frankenburger", the lab-grown beef ...
Paws for thought: Oscar the bionic cat
A cat whose back legs were chopped off in a farming accident has been given a new bionic pair, in a ground-breaking feline first in Britain.
Why are we getting fatter? Researchers seek a mysterious culprit
So, why are we fat? And getting fatter? Most people would say it's simple: We eat too much and exercise too little. But University of Alabama at Birmingham obesity researcher David B. Allison, Ph.D., says that answer, while ...
Food crops damaged by pollution crossing continents
(PhysOrg.com) -- Man-made air pollution from North America causes Europe to lose 1.2 million tonnes of wheat a year, a new study has found.
You can't teach speed: sprinters break 10-year rule
New research shows world-class sprinters are born, not created. Grand Valley State University researchers found that exceptional speed prior to formal training is a prerequisite for becoming a world-class ...