Small, maneuverable robots based on cockroaches could be deployed in disaster zones to find human survivors.
Engineers are designing more efficient cooling systems inspired by physical processes in nature.
Many futuristic inventions are inspired by biological systems.
3D scaffolding in cells helps scientists understand a patient’s cancer cells and personalize treatments.
Pigments preserved in fossils may reveal the color of dinosaurs.
A book that purifies water could help reduce waterborne illnesses in developing countries.
A tropical frog delivers a painful surprise.
In this Science Update, students will learn how crows display impressive math prowess, using brain regions entirely different from those of mammals.
What’s behind the sudden surge in earthquakes in the middle of the United States?
Materials scientists are studying the structure of seashells to design stronger materials.
Powerful computer tools are helping musicologists study the evolution of popular music.
How are animals coping five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
The genome of the critically endangered mountain gorilla provides clues to its genetic past as well as its prospects for future survival.
Earth’s changing climate may already be playing a role in today’s conflicts.
Scientists are debating whether or not we should actively try to contact intelligent extraterrestrials.
Toxins from scorpions could lead to new drugs for neuromuscular disorders and cardiovascular disease.
The world’s champion high-altitude migratory bird uses a unique “roller-coaster” flight strategy to save energy.
Announcing the 2014 Science Breakthrough of the Year!
Scientists are getting a better handle on how much plastic we put into the oceans and what effects it’s having.
In this Science Update, students learn how some animals took to the skies long before the advent of wings.