Life boils down to five 'rules' … or so says the Madingley Model
It may sound overly simple, but just five processes can define us as animals: eating, metabolism, reproduction, dispersal and death.
Dust-covered flies reveal hidden logic of grooming behavior
(Phys.org) —A dust-covered fly might spend more than 20 minutes removing the offending grit and grime from its body. With only its own legs to complete the chore, the fly needs a plan of attack. Thanks ...
Magnesium surgical implants can be designed to biodegrade, promote bone growth
(Phys.org) —Ask anyone who has a surgical pin in their body, and they likely will tell you they wish it would just go away.
Secrets of how worms wriggle uncovered
An engineer at the University of Liverpool has found how worms move around, despite not having a brain to communicate with the body.
How steroid hormones enable plants to grow
Plants can adapt extremely quickly to changes in their environment. Hormones, chemical messengers that are activated in direct response to light and temperature stimuli help them achieve this. Plant steroid ...
Graphene rubber bands could stretch limits of current healthcare
New research published today in the journal ACS Nano identifies a new type of sensor that can monitor body movements and could help revolutionise healthcare.
Sweet job: England seeks 'choc doc' to study candy
Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house?
Is trophy hunting affecting bighorn sheep evolution? Research says no
Ingested nanoparticles may damage liver
(Phys.org) —Nanoparticles in food, sunscreen and other everyday products have many benefits. But Cornell biomedical scientists are finding that at certain doses, the particles might cause human organ damage.
Still hot inside the Moon: Tidal heating in the deepest part of the lunar mantle
(Phys.org) —An international research team, led by Dr. Yuji Harada from Planetary Science Institute, China University of Geosciences, has found that there is an extremely soft layer deep inside the Moon ...
World's smallest propeller could be used for microscopic medicine
If you thought that the most impressive news in shrinking technology these days was smart watches, think again. Scientists are quietly toiling in their laboratories to create robots that are only nanometers—billionths of ...
Scientists track gene activity when honey bees do and don't eat honey
Many beekeepers feed their honey bees sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup when times are lean inside the hive. This practice has come under scrutiny, however, in response to colony collapse disorder, the ...
Squid skin protein could improve biomedical technologies, study shows
The common pencil squid (Loliginidae) may hold the key to a new generation of medical technologies that could communicate more directly with the human body. UC Irvine materials science researchers have d ...
For bees and flowers, tongue size matters
For bees and the flowers they pollinate, a compatible tongue length is essential to a successful relationship. Some bees and plants are very closely matched, with bee tongue sized to the flower depth. Other bee species are ...