Dinosaur wind tunnel test provides new insight into the evolution of bird flight (w/ Video)
A study into the aerodynamic performance of feathered dinosaurs, by scientists from the University of Southampton, has provided new insight into the evolution of bird flight.
Shape-sifting: NIST categorizes bio scaffolds by characteristic cell shapes
Getting in the right shape might be just as important in a biology lab as a gym. Shape is thought to play an important role in the effectiveness of cells grown to repair or replace damaged tissue in the body. ...
Tiny muscles help bats fine-tune flight, stiffen wing skin
Bats appear to use a network of hair-thin muscles in their wing skin to control the stiffness and shape of their wings as they fly, according to a new study. The finding provides new insight about the aerodynamic ...
Young star rebels against its parent cloud
Despite the celestial colours of this picture, there is nothing peaceful about star forming region Sh 2-106, or S106 for short. A devilish young star, named S106 IR, lies in it and ejects material at high ...
Discarded data may hold the key to a sharper view of molecules
(Phys.org) -- There's nothing like a new pair of eyeglasses to bring fine details into sharp relief. For scientists who study the large molecules of life from proteins to DNA, the equivalent of new lenses have come in the ...
Research discovery: Near-complete set of templates for protein complexes exists today
(Phys.org) -- Visualize trying to finish a jigsaw puzzle where each individual piece keeps changing shape. If that sounds like an impossible task, imagine the vexing job scientists have faced in computer modeling of interactions ...
A windshield wiper for Mars dust developed
A team of researchers at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid has developed a device that works as a windshield wiper to eliminate Mars dust from the sensors on the NASA spacecrafts that travel to the red planet.
'Brainpainting' draws crowds at world's top tech fair
A computer programme enabling paralysed patients to create artwork using just the power of their brains drew big crowds on Wednesday at the CeBIT, the world's top IT fair.
Normal wear could explain differences in hominin jaw shapes
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 ...
New font allows you to 'write your name in the stars'
(Phys.org)—You can now literally—yes, literally—write your name in the stars, thanks to a University of Nottingham academic.
Study reveals genetic diversity of genes in peppers
From the small, spicy Thai chiles to the portly, mild bell pepper, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a "family tree" of sorts for peppers and characterized the diversity of ...
Over 1,000-year-old Maya royal kitchen found in Mexico
Archaeologists on Thursday were still digesting this week's announcement of the discovery of a royal kitchen from the time of the Mayas in the Kabah archaeological area, in the southeastern Mexican state of Yucatan.