Stealthy, ultra-black fish skin absorbs 99.5% of light

Sixteen species of camouflaged deep-sea fish have skin so dark that almost no light bounces back to the eye.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution fish skin light oceans colors science-and-technology camouflage

Stealthy, ultra-black fish skin absorbs 99.5% of light

Sixteen species of camouflaged deep-sea fish have skin so dark that almost no light bounces back to the eye.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution fish skin light oceans colors science-and-technology camouflage

Genomes reveal the source of bat ‘superpowers’

The genomes of six living bat species reveals the source of some of their superpowers, including echolocation, flight, and imperviousness to certain deadly viruses.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution genes genomes bats science-and-technology

Team pinpoints the origin story of SARS-CoV-2

A reconstruction of the evolutionary origins of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, shows its lineage could hold other nasty viruses.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution covid-19 genomes viruses bats featured health-and-medicine pandemics

Why frogs are green to the bone

Why are frogs green? Their color comes from a clever biochemical workaround that combines an odd protein choice and a potential poison in the blood.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution skin frogs colors proteins featured science-and-technology

Do your genes make you feel insecure in love?

There may be a connection between genes involved in the opioid system and feelings of insecurity in romantic relationships, researchers find.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution genes pain emotions relationships featured social-lives health-and-medicine love

Humans and monkeys think more alike than we knew

Both monkeys and humans have a way of thinking that involves recursion, a process of arranging words, phrases, or symbols to convey complex ideas.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution language cognition monkeys featured science-and-technology

Gardenias show how plants became great chemists

Sequencing the gardenia genome shows how plants evolved to re-use tricks from their genetic toolbox to create new chemicals.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: dna evolution plants genomes science-and-technology flowers

Way before stars form, space clouds hold building blocks of life

"This tells us that the basic organic chemistry needed for life is present in the raw gas prior to the formation of stars and planets."

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution space life stars science-and-technology gases dust

Ancient crocs walked on two legs the size of ours

Fossil footprints in what is now South Korea are evidence that some species of ancient crocodiles walked on two feet.

U. Queensland • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution dinosaurs fossils reptiles walking featured science-and-technology feet

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