Gritty or smooth? How flies gauge food texture

New research reveals how some creatures assess food texture, or whether it's smooth or gritty.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
today ~7 min

To better grow veggies, identify their microbe buddies?

New research identifies nearly 300 species of microorganisms that grow together with common Asian vegetables.

National University of Singapore • futurity
today ~5 min

How did the dinosaurs die? Dust may solve the case

New clues may finally have solved the case of how the dinosaurs went extinct, dating their doom to 66 million years ago, researchers report.

Monica Kortsha-UT Austin • futurity
yesterday ~7 min

We seek ‘likes’ online the way animals seek treats

"Reward learning" can describe both behavior on social media and animals seeking food, research suggests.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
March 1, 2021 ~5 min

Fossils hint earliest primates lived with dinosaurs

The ancestor of all primates, including today's lemurs and apes, probably lived alongside large dinosaurs, the earliest known fossil evidence shows.

Andrea Godinez-U. Washington • futurity
Feb. 26, 2021 ~5 min

Tiny bone chunk hints at how dogs got to the Americas

An ancient chunk of bone is the oldest from a domestic dog in the Americas, researchers believe. The find sheds light on how dogs got there.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Feb. 26, 2021 ~6 min

Star’s destruction reveals elusive high-energy neutrino

Researchers have discovered the presence of high-energy neutrinos in the wake of a star being destroyed by a black hole.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Feb. 26, 2021 ~4 min

Female giraffes with more friends live longer

Gregarious female giraffes that develop a sense of larger community live longer than those with fewer friends, a new study shows.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~5 min

Apollo mission rocks shed light on the moon’s early history

A new analysis of rock samples brought back from NASA's Apollo missions help clear up questions about the moon's formation and lava-covered early years.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~6 min

Fossil hand from ‘Ardi’ could clarify our evolution

The fossil hand of a 4.4 million-year-old skeleton could offer clues to how early humans moved and began to walk upright.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~5 min