biology

A Russian Lizard Sex Satellite Is Out Of Control In Orbit

It began as just another chapter in humanity’s ongoing fascination of sending weird shit into space, then things spiraled out of control. Right now an orbital satellite filled with geckos flies more than 320km above our heads. But this isn’t a slapstick preamble to some clever car insurance commercial, these geckos are in space for only one thing: To. Get. It. On.


Wet Computing Could Put A Terabyte In A Tablespoon

We live in a world of physical computing. Solids and silicon store all our tweets, texts, and selfies, but what if the traditional ways of computing underwent a phase change?


New Super Software Tracks Every Cell In An Organism As It Develops

Imagine if we could track every single cell in an organism as it develops. The sheer volume of information about how life forms and works would be invaluable for scientific research. The only problem is the startling amount to computational power it would take to crunch that much data. At least until now it was.


Why Do We Have Blood Types, Anyway?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for. Do they really matter?


Watch A Researcher Zip Line Over The Door To Hell For Science

The more biologists look, the stranger the places they find life. Whether it’s in the boiling mud ponds of Yellowstone or in radioactive seams miles beneath the surface of the Earth, microbes seem capable of surviving just about anywhere. That’s why one team is heading to the deep desert of Turkmenistan to see if life can even thrive at the Door to Hell.


This Video Explains How Our Immune Systems Work

Video: Why are we alive when our bodies are constantly under attack from bacteria, viruses and more? As this video explains, it is thanks to our immune systems that we have an army of cells fighting for our cause.


Why Humans Can't Re-Grow Limbs (Yet)

Starfish can re-grow arms; lizards can sprout fresh legs; and, hell, flatworms can essentially rematerialise from barely nothing. So why can’t humans do the same?


The Science Of Building The Perfect Pig

Passing fields of soy, corn and towering bleach-white windmills fanning out across windy plains, I arrive early one morning somewhere between Chicago and Indianapolis at a place that promises “sow much fun”.


Why Do We Still Have Pubic Hair?

It’s a biological mystery that has perplexed humanity through the ages — especially in recent times when so many of us go to such great lengths to remove it. What useful purpose could pubic and armpit hair possibly serve?


Why Stepping On LEGO Hurts So Much

Right up there with how the gun on the original Duck Hunt game worked, why it hurts so much to step on a Lego brick is one of the questions we’re asked the most, so it’s high time we answered it. As anyone who’s done it knows, stepping on a Lego block is something akin to being shot in the foot by a knife soaked in wasp venom. In truth, this is an inherent danger of allowing a child to exist in your home.