Ornithologist is Reshaping Ideas of How Beauty Evolves
by Veronique Greenwood
After illness made him deaf to birdcalls, Richard Prum became the first to reconstruct the plumage of feathered dinosaurs and trace the evolution of feathers to beauty instead of flight.
What Does Dark Energy Mean for the Fate of the Universe?
by Zeeya Merali
A mysterious dark energy dating back to the dawn of the universe could be poised to rip it apart.
Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes
by Dan Hurley
Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.
Bug-Inspired Robots Designed to Do Our Dirty Work
by Steve Nadis
They creep. They crawl. They fly. Now insects are inspiring innovation, from robots to display screens.
4 New Technologies That Use Insects for Inspiration
by Jay Harman
Pests or potential problem-solvers? Fleas, spiders and other insects are the new muses of engineering.
Discover, 2013, May