Shedding light on the principles of termite mound size and shape with a model coupling insect behavior and environmental remodeling
Researchers explore how bees collaborate to stabilize swarm clusters
Researchers engineered a cell-like structure that harnesses photosynthesis to perform designer reactions
Researchers develop simple device to recreate complex birdsong
Not all eggs are shaped like a chicken’s—now we know why!
Mathematical framework explains diverse plant stem forms
The distinctive troughs and crests of the human brain are actually not present in most animal brains; highly folded brains are seen only in a handful of species, including some primates, dolphins, elephants and pigs. In humans, folding begins in fetal brains around the 20th week of gestation and is completed only when the child […]
Simple origami fold may hold the key to designing pop-up furniture, medical devices and scientific tools
Planning to have roast turkey at Christmas? You’ll be glad to hear that physicists have revealed exactly how to carve it – using jelly and a fishing line.
Biological movements are brought about in various ways, and not all of these involve the action of motor proteins. Apart from motor proteins, biological movements can be brought about by components that act like springs and ratchets. Biological springs store potential energy in various protein filament conformations, while biological ratchets act by biasing random Brownian motion and […]