Biology

Honeybees relay the location of the queen through pheromones.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
Research with octopus limb regeneration helps scientists create smart prosthetics.
Inside Science Contributor
Artificial "protocells" suggest the complex biochemical mechanisms used by living cells could have originated in simple bubbles.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
As the mother-of-pearl in the inner layer of the shell forms, initial defects attract and eventually annihilate each other.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
Australian scientists measure the gases that two Great Barrier Reef corals emit.
Christian Fogerty, Contributor
New findings suggest fingerprints and sweat work together in "fight or flight" survival responses.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The armor might help leafcutter ants defend the valuable fungus they grow for food.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The animals have evolved an immune system that doesn’t cause as much inflammation.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Accidents like the Deepwater Horizon spill may hurt the rays’ ability to hunt.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
The subterranean rodents have little use for vision, but their magnetic sense tells them which direction is which.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The bright flowerlike symmetry of Australia’s northern jeweled orb-web spider lures in hungry prey.
Veronica Tremblay, Contributor
Alligator blood inhibits a key toxin in the venom of vipers such as rattlesnakes and copperheads.
Joshua Learn, Contributor