New model sheds light on 'flocking' behaviour
Understanding how turbulence can alter the shape and course of a flock of birds, a swarm of insects or even an algal bloom could help us to better predict their impact on the environment.
Can skull shape and function determine what kind of food was on prehistoric plates?
When paleontologists put together a life history for a long-extinct animal, it's common to infer the foods it ate by looking at modern animals with similar skull shapes and tooth patterns. But this practice ...
New study shows parrotfish are critical to coral reef island building
As well as being a beautiful species capable of changing its colour, shape and even gender, new research published today shows that parrotfish, commonly found on healthy coral reefs, can also play a pivotal ...
Researchers find proteins responsible for orchid shape
Upside down and inside out
Researchers have captured the first 3D video of a living algal embryo turning itself inside out, from a sphere to a mushroom shape and back again. The results could help unravel the mechanical processes at ...
Research details 40 million-year-old family tree of baleen whales
New University of Otago research is providing the most comprehensive picture of the evolutionary history of baleen whales, which are not only the largest animals ever to live on earth, but also among the ...
Sixth SpaceX delivery of station research with a side of caffeine
From improving LCD screens to testing espresso machines, a variety of research is headed to the International Space Station aboard the sixth SpaceX contracted resupply mission. The Dragon spacecraft will ...
Physically dynamic surfaces may herald another tablet revolution
Apple's iPad arrived five years ago. It is a device that changed the way we think about computing, marking a seismic shift from keyboard and mouse to direct manipulation with our fingers. The iPad wasn't ...
Squeeze to remove heat: Elastocaloric materials enable more efficient, 'green' cooling
Move over, vapor compression cooling technology. Emerging "elastocaloric" refrigeration is potentially much more efficient and, unlike vapor compression, relies on environmentally-friendly refrigerants.
Shape-shifting animals reveal secrets of why energy use changes during growth
Scientists at the University of Liverpool and Queen Mary University, London, have shown that changes in body shape in 'skin-breathing' aquatic animals could explain why animals use energy more slowly as they ...
Gravity-resisting gene stops our bodies being squashed flat
A team led by scientists from University's Department of Biology & Biochemistry has solved the century-old mystery of how our bodies withstand gravity and take on their 3D shape.
Products that reversibly change shape with temperature may revolutionize medicine
New research highlights the capability of reversible shape-memory polymers to change their shape when heated to body temperature and then switch back to their original shape when cooled to room temperature.
Study yields insights into how plant cells grow
A study by Purdue University plant scientists and University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers advances our understanding of how plants control their shape and development at the cellular level.
There is really a single ideal body shape for women?
Many scholars of Renaissance art tell us that Botticelli's Birth of Venus captures the tension between the celestial perfection of divine beauty and its flawed earthly manifestation. As classical ideas blossom ...