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.
The discovery may one day help people with multidrug-resistant bacterial infections.
Unique microscopic structures make the feathers so black they look like a hole in space around the colored patches.
A 108-year-old museum specimen helps answer evolutionary questions about the extinct marsupial carnivore.