New device based on fly's freakishly acute hearing may find applications in futuristic hearing aids
Even within a phylum so full of mean little creatures, the yellow-colored Ormia ochracea fly is distinguished among other arthropods for its cruelty—at least to crickets. Native to the southeastern U.S. ...
A decade of improvements on the reference green alga genome
The high-quality genome sequence of the tiny single-celled alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has proved useful for researchers studying photosynthesis and cell motility.
Science and cookies: Researchers tap into citizen science to shed light on ant diversity
Scientists from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida have combined cookies, citizen science and robust research methods to track the diversity of ant species across the United States, ...
Growing unknown microbes one by one
(Phys.org) —Trillions of bacteria live in and on the human body; a few species can make us sick, but many others keep us healthy by boosting digestion and preventing inflammation. Although there's plenty ...
Underwater pictures shared innovatively for science collaboration
Marine researchers across Australia can now get a better idea of what's under the surface due to an award-winning project that allows them to classify and share their research pictures online.
Astronauts to test free-flying "housekeeper" robots
(Phys.org) —Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space ...
Canal route in Nicaragua raises concerns over lake
Now that Nicaragua has picked a path for a Chinese firm to dig a canal connecting the Caribbean and the Pacific, environmentalists are worried about a huge lake on the route.
Dropship offers safe landings for Mars rovers
The dramatic conclusion to ESA's latest StarTiger project: a 'dropship' quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface.
Scientist reveals secrets of Scotland's basking sharks in new report
Seas between the islands of Skye and Mull on Scotland's west coast are highly important for basking sharks, according to a report published today by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
Achieving chemical-free natural cosmetics with the power of enzymes
A EUR 7 million EU-funded project has been launched with the intention of replacing chemical cosmetic production techniques with eco-friendly alternatives. By doing so, the OPTIBIOCAT project hopes to provide the natural ...
Controversial Alaska mine project wins one in Congress
Supporters of the embattled Pebble Mine project in Alaska are making a desperate effort in Congress and the courts to keep it alive in the face of warnings from the Environmental Protection Agency that it could devastate ...
Urban food desert pilot project an 'oasis' for at-risk youth
An urban food desert pilot project in the nation's seventh-largest city is teaching young people how to create a food "oasis" in their community, while learning important life skills, said a Texas A&M AgriLife ...
Internet crowd bites big into potato salad project
The transformative power of online crowd funding is being poured into a bowl or two of potato salad.
Using light to change the makeup of plastics
A FAMU-FSU College of Engineering professor is using rays of light to control the shape of a special type of plastic, a project that could have long-term implications for manufacturing, solar energy harvesting, aerospace ...