Scientists Have Figured Out How To Make Organisms Transparent

It's like wearing X-ray goggles, but better. Caltech researchers have created two new techniques that allow them to identify individual cells within 3D, intact organisms or tissues. And the results are jaw-droppingly beautiful. » 8/02/14 1:00pm 8/02/14 1:00pm

Researchers control nanomotors inside living cells for the first time

Scientists from Penn State University have just taken us a major step closer to a Fantastic Voyage future. For the first time ever, researchers have controlled the movements of living cells by inserting tiny synthetic motors directly inside them. » 2/11/14 9:00am 2/11/14 9:00am

Dramatic diagrams of cell biology and atomic structure belong in a…

Artist MRK (Markos Kay) is best known for his mesmerizing digital videos like The Flow and the aDiatomea series. But he also creates striking static images inspired by cell biology, atomic structure, and his own digital creations. » 4/06/13 11:30am 4/06/13 11:30am

Think your sex life is complicated? Imagine having 7 sexes.

No, this isn't something out of an Octavia Butler novel. It’s Tetrahymena thermophila — a single-celled organism that goes way beyond male and female. It has seven different sexes to choose from. Now a new study published in PLOS has finally made sense of its bizarrely complex and seemingly random sex life. » 3/27/13 2:30pm 3/27/13 2:30pm

Researchers have built microscopic pyramids as cages for growing cells

This photograph may look like an artifact from an alien world (one with similar taste in architecture to the Egyptians), but it actual depicts a cell living in a pyramid-shaped cage, one that helps us view cells in something closer to their natural environment. » 11/25/12 9:30am 11/25/12 9:30am

Stunning molecular biology illustrations look like floral abstract art

Molecular biology professor and artist David Goodsell has no trouble finding art in the human body. His hand-drawn watercolor illustrations explode with color while offering his visual interpretation of bacteria, viruses, and human cells. » 7/29/12 2:00pm 7/29/12 2:00pm

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How to copy biological growth, and transform 2D gels into 3D shapes

Biological organisms have a nifty trick, where they can grow uniform materials into three dimensional shapes by limiting growth in certain areas. As some cells expand, others don't, causing the object to warp in three dimensions. Now researchers have applied that same theory to gel sheets, and developed a way of… » 3/09/12 7:55am 3/09/12 7:55am

Was Robert Hooke really the greatest asshole in the history of science?

Robert Hooke discovered the cell, established experimentation as crucial to scientific research, and did pioneering work in optics, gravitation, paleontology, architecture, and more. Yet history dismissed and forgot him... all because he pissed off Isaac Newton, probably the most revered scientist who ever lived. » 1/27/12 7:00am 1/27/12 7:00am

Cancerous tumors might be our oldest evolutionary ancestors

Cancer is one of the most difficult foes medical science has ever faced, but a controversial new idea might just show a way to victory. A group of scientists have evidence that cancer might be an evolutionary throwback to our most distant animal ancestor. » 3/14/11 11:30am 3/14/11 11:30am

New microscope produces 3D movies of live cells in action

It's been a big week for the world of the small. In a new microscope breakthrough, researchers have figured out how to use a minuscule sheet of light to produce movies of living cells, revealing mitosis in action and illuminating cells' three-dimensional architecture with the greatest detail ever seen. » 3/06/11 8:00am 3/06/11 8:00am

District 9 producer's Alien Sleeper Cell flick will hopefully bring…

The next film from producers Bill Block (District 9) and Adrian Askarieh (Hitman) will be Alien Sleeper Cell, which is described as a new take on the alien-invasion genre with a Bourne Identity feel. Image via Worth 1000. [The Wrap] » 1/13/11 11:10am 1/13/11 11:10am

A simple model could explain how the first cell came into being

How did a bunch of lifeless molecules transform themselves into living cells, turning the ancient, dead Earth into a planet teeming with life? It's an incredibly difficult question to answer, but a new model might explain part of the story. » 1/10/11 2:19pm 1/10/11 2:19pm

3D images show us how fast and strong a single animal cell can be

Cells are amazing self-contained, organic machines. They can also, when needed, grow "arms" that move them around and are extraordinarily strong. Now, scientists have used 3D modeling to determine just how much force a single cell can exert. » 11/15/10 5:00pm 11/15/10 5:00pm

Exploding nanoparticles (literally) open up the path to repairing…

We could theoretically repair cells by artificially inserting the missing proteins or DNA. Unfortunately, we couldn't come up with a safe, effective (and awesome) way to do it - until we used tiny lasers to blow up the cellular membrane. » 8/01/10 2:20pm 8/01/10 2:20pm