Biology News

Synthetic materials that behave like mollusk shells Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 00:00
Nacre, commonly known as mother-of-pearl, is the iridescent material lining many mollusk shells. It is part of a two-layer armor system that protects the animal from predators. The brittle outer layer
Basking in the sun - how large mammals survive winter in the mountains Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:00
Sunbathing in sub-zero temperatures may not be everybody's idea of fun but it forms an important part of the strategy of Alpine ibex for surviving the winter. This surprising
If junk DNA is useful, why is it not shared out more equally? Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:00
DNA was originally thought to have a single function: to help cells make the proteins they need. Any DNA that is not immediately required to produce proteins was written off as “junk” and deemed unw
New quartet of ant genomes advanced by international collaborative Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:00
Coordinated scientific effort accelerates discoveries, genomics-based approaches to understanding social behavior, developing pest management
The quest for the ultimate blue cheese Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:00
It’s the champagne of the cheese world and the gastronomic pride of the East Midlands but now blue cheeses like Stilton are literally under the microscope in a quest for the best possible quality.
Wild rainbow trout critical to health of steelhead populations Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:00
Genetic research is showing that healthy steelhead runs in Pacific Northwest streams can depend heavily on the productivity of their stay-at-home counterparts, rainbow trout.
Ants ecosystem role is 'key' Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:00
Research by the University of Exeter has revealed that ants have a big impact on their local environment as a result of their activity as 'ecosystem engineers' and predators.
Opposites may attract, but they aren't better parents Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:00
A study by experts at the University of Exeter has revealed that couples with similar personalities make much better parents than those with different dispositions - at least in the world of zebra fin