| Jun 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Spider webs combine a strength and elasticity unmatched by anything we humans can make. They don't trigger much of an immune response in us and are "insoluble in water, two facts that the classical Greeks exploited when they used cobwebs to patch bleeding...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 11:37 AM
Want to get more health benefits from green leafy vegetables? Then don't keep them in the dark, say researchers at Rice University.
In a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, researchers suggest that consumers can maximize the anti-...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 3:46 PM
The same process that led to the evolution of complex life may be happening all over again in insects, according to a new study in the journal Cell.
About 900 million years ago, the Earth was covered in vast oceans containing giant mats of bacteria....
| Jun 17, 2013
| 5:39 PM
Southern California’s mountain yellow-legged frog has made a remarkable leap toward recovery for an endangered species, rebounding in just two years from near-extinction brought on by development, fires, fungal infections and predatory trout,...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:45 PM
Thanks a lot, guys: According to new research, your preference for younger mates could have caused menopause to arise in women.
Writing in the journal PLOS Computational Biology on Thursday, a team from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, reported...
| Jan 5, 2013
Elwood Jensen, a medical researcher whose ground-breaking work in the field of endocrinology and breast cancer led to revolutionary and life-saving treatments, died of complications from pneumonia on Dec. 16 in suburban Cincinnati, the University of...
| May 13, 2013
| 3:27 PM
How’s this for spring cleaning? Scientists have discovered that a carnivorous plant deletes so much of its own junk DNA that it has hardly any left. The finding, published online in Nature, hints that such noncoding DNA may not be as important as...
| May 8, 2013
| 4:24 PM
Marine biologist Dan Madigan stood on a dock in San Diego and considered some freshly caught Pacific bluefin tuna. The fish had managed to swim 5,000 miles from their spawning grounds near Japan to California's shores, only to end up the catch of local...
| May 7, 2013
| 4:52 PM
For the first half of the 20th century, the cell was a mysterious, unfathomable entity. Nutrients went in and hormones, wastes and other products came out. But what happened in between was anybody's guess.
Light microscopes could reveal the rough...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Since moving into the ruins of San Francisco's historic seaside baths near the Golden Gate Bridge, a river otter has gone from curiosity to celebrity. “Sutro Sam,” as he has been dubbed, is believed to be the first river otter......
| May 29, 2013
In 2004, with President George W. Bush dead set against stem cell research, California just went ahead and did it. Voters made stem cell research a state constitutional right, and endorsed $3 billion in bond sales for 10 years to cement the deal. CIRM,...