They wouldn’t survive the deserts of Tatooine or the frigid planet Hoth, but these newly described, tarantula-like spiders are named after the stormtroopers who marched through the “Star Wars” movies.
By Vicky Stein
Spiders don’t have wings, but they can fly across entire oceans on long strands of silk. For more than a century, scientists thought it was the wind that carried them, but a new study shows the Earth’s electric field can…
By Amanda Grennell
Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a way to image biomolecules at cold temperatures.
By Nsikan Akpan
If you’re a candy lover or denier, you may want to blame one of your liver hormones, according to a new study.
By Nsikan Akpan
It has a little something to do with sugar.
By Joshua Cassidy, KQED Science
Pill bugs are more closely related to shrimp and lobsters than crickets or butterflies -- plus other little known facts about roly polies.
Mathematicians tackle a question that once stumped Charles Darwin: Why do animals have antlers, manes and other ornaments?…
By Sharon Begley, STAT
If you have a big brain, you can credit yawning for promoting brain growth and activity, the researchers found. And if you have a small brain, you can blame the fact that you don’t yawn long enough.
By Joshua Cassidy and Carrie Boyle, KQED SCIENCE
Every summer, just beyond the crashing surf, hundreds of millions of tiny sea urchin larvae prepare for one of the most dramatic transformations in the animal kingdom.
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