Harnessing microorganisms for smart microsystems

A research team at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology has developed a method to construct a biohybrid system that incorporates Vorticella microorganisms. The method allows movable ...

Mothers use sex pheromones to veil eggs, preventing cannibalism

Species that lay eggs but don't actively keep watch over them often protect their precious eggs from predators by laying them in communal groups or by fortifying them with toxins. However, protecting these eggs from being ...

How trap-flowers attract and deceive pollinating food thieves

Researchers have discovered a new pollination system that involves food-thieving flies as pollinators. These flies feed on insect secretions, available when a spider, a praying mantis, or other predatory arthropods feed on ...

Search technology that can gauge opinion and predict the future

Inspired by a system for categorising books proposed by an Indian librarian more than 50 years ago, a team of European researchers have developed a new kind of internet search that takes into account factors such as opinion, ...