Pterosaurs Sported Feathers, Claim Scientists
Pterosaurs Sported Feathers, Claim Scientists
A controversy over pterosaurs’ plumage has taken off, with a new discovery pushing feather origins back 80 million years into the early Triassic.
Pterosaurs Sported Feathers, Claim Scientists
Pterosaurs Sported Feathers, Claim Scientists

A controversy over pterosaurs’ plumage has taken off, with a new discovery pushing feather origins back 80 million years into the early Triassic.

A controversy over pterosaurs’ plumage has taken off, with a new discovery pushing feather origins back 80 million years into the early Triassic.

cell culture, microbiology, evolution
Fastest-Ever Cell Contractions Observed in Primitive Invertebrate
Fastest-Ever Cell Contractions Observed in Primitive Invertebrate
Abby Olena | Dec 13, 2018
The microscopic marine animal Trichoplax adhaerens may use rapid changes in cell shape to avoid being ripped apart by forces in the ocean.
Life Deep Underground Is Twice the Volume of the Oceans: Study
Life Deep Underground Is Twice the Volume of the Oceans: Study
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 11, 2018
Scientists estimate that subterranean organisms constitute a massive amount of carbon, 245 to 385 times greater than that contained in all humans.
Image of the Day: Gut Bomb
Image of the Day: Gut Bomb
Catherine Offord | Dec 10, 2018
Microbial species living in a fruit fly gut interact with one another—and influence the insect’s health and longevity in the process.
Image of the Day: Tiny Vandals
Image of the Day: Tiny Vandals
Shawna Williams | Dec 6, 2018
Researchers nab the microbial culprits eating away at a 17th century painting.
Image of the Day: Powered by Mushrooms
Image of the Day: Powered by Mushrooms
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 5, 2018
The fungi are made to generate electricity with the help of photosynthesizing bacteria looped together on a graphene circuit. 
Image of the Day: Beetle Fight
Image of the Day: Beetle Fight
Jef Akst | Dec 3, 2018
The exaggerated horns and elongated forelegs of male flower beetles, which use these appendages as weapons in combat for females, do not slow down the insects in a race.
Bacteria Harbor Geometric “Organelles”
Bacteria Harbor Geometric “Organelles”
Amber Dance | Dec 1, 2018
Microbes, traditionally thought to lack organelles, get a metabolic boost from geometric compartments that act as cauldrons for chemical reactions. Bioengineers are eager to harness the compartments for their own purposes.
Rethinking Raw Milk, 1918
Rethinking Raw Milk, 1918
Ashley Yeager | Dec 1, 2018
Bacteriologist Alice Evans identified the pathogen that causes undulant fever, leading her to push for the pasteurization of milk.
Infographic: Bacterial Microcompartments Basics
Infographic: Bacterial Microcompartments Basics
Amber Dance | Dec 1, 2018
These icosahedral structures are composed of proteins with unique geometric properties, which enable bacteria to employ them in a variety of situations.