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Self-Drying Skin

By | March 11, 2015

Tiny water-repellent spines on a gecko’s skin help keep the lizard dry in humid conditions.

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Q&A: A Taste for Science

By | February 9, 2015

A conversation with biophysicist Christophe Lavelle

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Mollusk Mockup

By | February 1, 2015

Researchers develop a “micro-scallop” meant to glide through biological fluids by opening and closing a pair of silicone shells.

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Shell Games

By | February 1, 2015

See how scallop locomotion informed the design of a microscopic robot that could one day navigate our circulatory systems.

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Hummingbirds Out-hover Helicopters

By | July 31, 2014

The diminutive birds can accomplish sustained flight that is at least as efficient as that of the most high-tech micro-drone, a study shows.

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A Mite-y Fast Arthropod

By | April 29, 2014

Move over, cheetah. A mite from Southern California sets the new record for world’s fastest land animal relative to body size.

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Thomas Gregor: Biological Quantifier

By | November 1, 2013

Assistant Professor, Physics, Princeton University. Age: 39

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Gravity Determines Cell Size

By | October 29, 2013

Researchers show that cells may have evolved to be small because of gravitational forces.

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Groovy Color

By | July 1, 2013

To control their color displays, squid fine-tune the optical properties of light-reflecting cells by rapidly expelling and imbibing water across a tightly pleated membrane

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A Chill Issue

By | February 1, 2013

The very cold, the merely chilled, and the colorful

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