Animals, plants, microbes, fungi and all life on Earth, from long-buried dinosaurs to newly emerging infections, often serve to instruct and amaze. We are interested in everything from the simplest physical structures to the most complex emergent behavior of life's many forms — from the extinct to the evolved and from the web of ecology to the promise of animal-inspired technology.
A closer look at cat tongues helps explain why the animals' grooming is so effective and may inspire new brushes -- for pets and humans.
The smallest Diplodocus skull ever discovered reveals clues about the group's evolution.
Observation could improve filtration systems and boost conservation efforts.
Scientists are finding microbes that are good for crops but bad for weeds.
Deep water reptiles diversified as Mesozoic sea levels rose. Their shallow water counterparts declined.