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2009-11-11 13:07:18

Scientists in Washington, DC, are reporting development and successful tests of a new way for exploring the insides of living cells, the microscopic building blocks of all known plants and animals.

2009-11-09 14:36:14

Rice evolutionary biologists argue for new meaning of 'organismality'.

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2009-09-30 08:05:00

Hikers know that moss on a tree trunk always points north. According to new research by Israeli and German scientists, this ancient plant may also provide a new "compass" for stem cell research, telling scientists how better to program stem cells for medical purposes.

2009-09-26 09:41:27

Investigators at Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham), University of California, San Diego, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) and other institutions have constructed a complete model, including three dimensional protein structures, of the central metabolic network of the bacterium Thermotoga maritima (T. maritima).

2009-09-14 08:25:04

An international team of researchers, including Monash University biochemists, has discovered evidence at the molecular level in support of one of the key tenets of Darwin's theory of evolution.

2009-08-19 13:29:00

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2009-08-19 14:06:48

A NASA-funded study suggests humans might not exist today if not for the ancient fusing of two microscopic, single-celled organisms called prokaryotes. Biologist James Lake of the UCLA Center for Astrobiology compared proteins present in more than 3,000 different prokaryotes -- a type of single-celled organism without a nucleus -- and discovered two major classes of relatively simple microbes fused together more than 2.5 billion years ago. That endosymbiosis, or merging of two cells, he said,...

2009-08-19 15:10:00

Humans might not be walking on Earth today if not for the ancient fusing of two microscopic, single-celled organisms called prokaryotes, NASA-funded research has found.

2009-08-13 13:55:00

Water striders, the familiar semi-aquatic bugs gliding across the lake at the cottage, have a novel body form that allows them to walk on water. This was not always the case.

2009-07-28 13:56:42

The unique association between microorganisms and their hosts, whether insects, plants, or mammals, provides a fascinating view into how microbial symbionts adapt to changing biological environments.


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2014-01-12 00:00:00

Biology is the study of living organisms. Before the 19th century, biology was known as natural history (the study of all living things). Gottfried Reinhold Treviranus was the first person to coin the term biology. Biology comes from the Greek words bios (meaning "life") and logia (meaning "study of"). It is a common science that is a standard subject in schools and universities around the world. Over a million papers are published annually in biology and medicinal journals. Not just a...

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honeyguide
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.