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Biological Sciences (BIO) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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animation showing Motyxia bistipita emitting a blue green light. Shedding light on millipede evolution
A Virginia Tech entomologist discusses millipedes that light up, and some really bright ideas inspired by bioluminescence
Released  July 31, 2015
Warthogs walking next to people in a village Wildlife species provide clues to spread of antibiotic resistance in Africa
Scientists uncover ways exposure increases, and resistance moves among humans, other animals, ecosystems
Released  July 29, 2015
a basket of blackberries It's blackberry season! Summer fruits depend on pollinators. But where have all the bees gone?
Scientist offers insights into national, global pollinator declines
Released  July 27, 2015
a shark in the water The truth about sharks
With shark attacks, or bites, in the news, what's the story behind the story?
Released  July 27, 2015
A female anopheles mosquito Breaking the cycle of malaria transmission
Discovery of protein could lead to treatment that creates 'dead end' for malaria parasite
Released  July 23, 2015
student checks on ant colony The ecology of the future and the future of ecology
Researchers working with underrepresented groups to study the ecological impact of climate change and to craft citizen science tools, aim to explore pressing scientific questions while recruiting a new generation of ecology researchers
Released  July 17, 2015
Trees Infectious disease ecology, forest biodiversity, urban ecology featured at upcoming conference
National Science Foundation-funded research findings presented at 2015 Ecological Society of America conference in August
Released  July 15, 2015
pygmy slow loris clinging to a branch Saving the slow loris
Fighting wildlife trafficking with interdisciplinary research and a legacy of international collaboration
Released  July 13, 2015
A  view of Bear Lake in Utah's Unitas Mountains Where does water go when it doesn't flow?
Study shows how much enters air from plants, soil, surface water
Released  July 9, 2015
Scientist in lake collecting sediment samples in Maine Methane-eating microorganisms help regulate emissions from wetlands
Without this process, methane emissions from freshwater wetlands could be 30 to 50 percent higher
Released  June 30, 2015
team of scientists collecting hives Protecting the honey-bearers
Ancestors of American honey bees shed light on pollinator health
Released  June 19, 2015
mouse brain imaged using photoacoustic microscopy. Seeing more deeply with laser light
Photoacoustic approach shows potential to expand bioimaging's scope
Released  June 19, 2015
Wasp Tiny brains, but shared smarts
Unlike humans and other vertebrates, the brains of wasps shrink when they're socialized--but they might 'share' brainpower
Released  June 17, 2015
drawing shwoing dinosaurs, fire and dry land Big dinosaurs steered clear of the tropics
Climate swings lasting millions of years too much for dinos
Released  June 15, 2015
 coral reefs Coral reefs defy ocean acidification odds in Palau
Palau reefs show few of the predicted responses
Released  June 5, 2015
animated gif showing the wavelike gait of the millipede Motyxia sequoiae Night lights: The wonders of bioluminescent millipedes
A Virginia Tech researcher discusses bioluminescent millipedes and other glowing creatures
Released  June 5, 2015
An Atlantic rock crab Warmer, lower-oxygen oceans will shift marine habitats
Changes will result in marine animals moving away from equator
Released  June 4, 2015
cracked, dry soil Drought, heat likely to affect U.S. West's power grid
Scientists recommend looking at power plants' capacities in view of expected changes
Released  May 18, 2015
An instrument system used to collect samples from different water depths in the ocean. Revealing the ocean's hidden fertilizer
Tiny marine plants play major role in phosphorus cycle
Released  May 14, 2015
forest As Massachusetts ecosystems shrink, hard-working "hotspots" emerge
Researchers call hotspots valuable, but say their growing numbers might be cause for concern
Released  May 14, 2015
dried trees in a forest Trees turned to snags: 'Sudden Oak Death' fells California oaks in their prime
Citizen scientists assist with research on infectious plant disease
Released  May 1, 2015
a school of bigeye travellies fish Scientists map sustainability challenges in Baja California Sur fisheries
Conduct review of ecological and social data for 12 regions around Baja
Released  April 28, 2015
Scientist in a field Earth Day: Disease spread among species is predictable
Study in California grassland expands understanding of biodiversity and management of emerging diseases
Released  April 22, 2015
Collage of images showing algae in alakes and researcher Earth Day is on the horizon. But is 'greener' always better?
Not when it's the bright green waters of algae-fouled lakes and rivers
Released  April 15, 2015
Students during graduation ceremony at Navajo Technical University NSF named a "Top 50 STEM Workplace" for Native Americans by AISES
American Indian Science and Engineering Society recognizes NSF's support of tribal colleges and universities
Released  April 3, 2015
Image showing a neuron with a ray of light and the text photo gallery Exploring the unknown frontier of the brain
James L. Olds, head of NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Shelley Krasnow University Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at George Mason University describes why and how NSF-funded researchers are working to understand the healthy brain
Released  April 2, 2015
Baboon group in Amboseli, Kenya Born during a drought: Bad news for baboons
Findings have implications for human health
Released  April 1, 2015
The bright blue and green colors in this satellite image show the North Atlantic Bloom. Spring plankton bloom hitches ride to sea's depths on ocean eddies
Eddies--whirlpools within currents--transport plankton downward from the ocean surface
Released  March 26, 2015
Penny Beuning Researcher studies how to prevent antibiotic resistance
Solution could be in bacterial protein called UmuD
Released  March 26, 2015
group of greater mouse-eared bats hanging upside down Hibernation season over, will disease-ridden bats emerge from caves and mines this spring?
White Nose Syndrome now infects bats in several northeastern U.S. states
Released  March 25, 2015

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