Bioengineering and Biotechnology News
Oldest Arthropods Preserved in Amber
Posted on August 27, 2012 at 08:19:33 pm
An international team of scientists has discovered the oldest record of arthropods -- invertebrate animals that include insects, arachnids, and crustaceans -- preserved in amber
'Cyborg': Biological and Electronic Merge
Posted on August 26, 2012 at 06:01:03 pm
Harvard scientists have, for the first, time created a type of "cyborg" tissue by embedding a three-dimensional network of functional, bio-compatible nanoscale wires into engineered human tissues
Generating Electricity from Wastewater Advance
Posted on August 13, 2012 at 07:14:15 pm
Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater
How Gecko Feet Grip In the Rain
Posted on August 10, 2012 at 07:08:47 am
Scientists already know that the tiny hairs on geckos' toe pads enable them to cling, like Velcro, to vertical surfaces. Now researchers are unfolding clues to the reptiles' gripping power in wet conditions in order to create a synthetic adhesive that sti
How a Leaf Beetle Walks Underwater
Posted on August 10, 2012 at 06:57:45 am
Insects are experts when it comes to adhesion on dry surfaces. However, in nature, plants may be covered by water for quite a long period of time, especially after rain
'Superbird' Stuns Researchers With Dive
Posted on August 01, 2012 at 08:25:57 am
A team of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National Research Council of Argentina recently fitted a South American sea bird called an imperial cormorant with a small camera, then watched stunned as it became "superbird"
Do Ovaries Continue to Produce Eggs During Adulthood?
Posted on July 29, 2012 at 03:53:36 pm
A compelling new genetic study tracing the origins of immature egg cells, or 'oocytes', from the embryonic period throughout adulthood adds new information to a growing controversy
Microbes Harnessed to Make 'Clean' Methane
Posted on July 28, 2012 at 06:20:30 pm
Microbes that convert electricity into methane gas could become an important source of renewable energy, according to scientists from Stanford and Pennsylvania State universities.
Biological Mechanism for Growing Massive Animal Weapons, Ornaments Discovered
Posted on July 27, 2012 at 07:31:07 am
In the animal kingdom, huge weapons such as elk antlers or ornaments like peacock feathers are sexy. Their extreme size attracts potential mates and warns away lesser rivals.\
Trouble On the Horizon for Genetically Modified Crops?
Posted on June 20, 2012 at 08:32:10 pm
Pests are adapting to genetically modified crops in unexpected ways, researchers have discovered. The findings underscore the importance of closely monitoring and countering pest resistance to biotech crops.