This microscopic 3-D pattern was "painted" using a laser beam

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a brand new method for positioning molecules in space with micrometer precision. They call it "3D-photografting," and it uses laser beams to place microscopic chemical structures in the nooks and crannies of a macromolecular meshwork known as hydrogel. » 8/29/12 1:30pm 8/29/12 1:30pm

Shrimp-like species can create ultra-sticky silk that's as strong as…

The marine animal Crassicorophium bonellii looks like a shrimp, but it acts more like a spider. The creature uses its legs to spin silk that's both incredibly hard and super sticky... and could be of great medical use to humans. » 11/22/11 4:30pm 11/22/11 4:30pm

Warrior worm parasites with huge mouths could be the future of…

Parasitic worm colonies are known to invade and castrate a tiny California horn snail, spawning thousands of tiny soldiers that take up 25% of the snail's body weight. These tiny warriors could actually revolutionize how we fight infections in humans. » 9/20/10 5:00pm 9/20/10 5:00pm

Vincenzo Natali explains why Splice is not an anti-science film

Splice, opening Friday, deals with the abuse of science and the ways in which genetic engineering could go horribly wrong. But it's not an anti-science film, insists director Vincenzo Natali, who talked to us at Wondercon. » 6/02/10 2:30pm 6/02/10 2:30pm