Biology news

Is there a homosexuality gene?

Although biologists are still far from answering this question, scattered evidence for a possible gene influencing sexual orientation has recently encouraged scientists to map out a guide to future research. Because many ...

Dec 07, 2006 3.5 / 5 (88) 0 feature

Why Are Pygmies Short?

The question is controversial. Traditional explanations attribute pygmies' small stature to minimizing caloric requirements and walking in dense forests. However, a new study by researchers at the University ...

Dec 21, 2007 4.3 / 5 (70) 11 feature

Scientists offer new view of photosynthesis

During the remarkable cascade of events of photosynthesis, plants approach the pinnacle of stinginess by scavenging nearly every photon of available light energy to produce food. Yet after many years of careful ...

May 03, 2007 4.5 / 5 (66) 0

And the first animal on Earth was a...

A new study mapping the evolutionary history of animals indicates that Earth's first animal--a mysterious creature whose characteristics can only be inferred from fossils and studies of living animals--was ...

Apr 10, 2008 4.7 / 5 (62) 6