Bombardier beetles sometimes get eaten by toads, but they can squirt hot, toxic jets of liquid from their backsides so the toads often vomit them right back up
Micromachine with two feet and two arms could pick up and deliver drugs in the bloodstream or build chemical compounds, one tiny step at a time
Goldfish and crucian carp have evolved enzymes that turn carbohydrates into alcohol when no oxygen is available – helping the fish survive in ice-locked pools
A method for quickly coating objects in a thin, environmentally safe mother-of-pearl-like film could protect food or electronics from the elements
Bubbles reinforced with an external layer of particles can hold their shape under pressure – which may help in making stronger foams and in drug delivery
Sperm need calcium ions to drill into an egg and fertilize it. Compounds that muck up ion transport could create a new class of male birth control. The post Scientists Found Sperm’s Power Switch—And a Way to Turn It Off appeared first on WIRED.
Scientists want to control individual molecules so precisely they could snap them together like Lego pieces. Now they're a little bit closer. The post Chemists Are One Step Closer to Manipulating All Matter appeared first on WIRED.
Ancient tools scattered around a mastodon suggest that the earliest humans showed up in North American more than 100,000 years earlier than we thought. The post A 130,000-Year-Old Mastodon Threatens to Upend Human History appeared first on WIRED.
Three other plants tweak your feline's neurons. The post Catnip Ain't the Only Plant That'll Send Your Kitty to Blissville appeared first on WIRED.
Here is what's inside the little fuel packs that power your life—and what makes them suddenly go supernova. The post How Lithium-Ion Batteries Turn Into Skin-Searing Firebombs appeared first on WIRED.