Darwin’s giant daisies help researchers understand evolution

The Latin name of this plant is Scalesia atractyloides Arnot, but the researchers have chosen to call it Darwin’s giant daisy. The plant is providing researchers with new clues about how evolution works. Credit: Sara Santacruz Naturalists Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin both presented the theory of evolution at the same time in 1858. … Read more

Leafy discovery hints that evolution is predictable

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Researchers have found that a particular plant lineage independently evolved three similar leaf types over and over again in mountainous regions scattered throughout the neotropics. Evolution has long been viewed as a rather random process, with the traits of … Read more

Whales’ eyes offer glimpse into their evolution from land to sea

Belinda Chang (back left) leads a lab that focuses on the evolutionary transition of animals’ vision. Sarah Dungan (right of Chang) researched whale vision as a former member of Chang’s lab. Credit: Diana Tyszko University of Toronto researchers have shed light on the evolutionary transition of whales’ early ancestors from on-shore living to deep-sea foraging, … Read more

Gonorrhea bacteria may have driven the evolution of gene variants that protect older adults against dementia

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine previously found a set of human gene mutations that protect older adults against cognitive decline and dementia. In a new study, published July 9, 2022 in Molecular Biology and Evolution, they focus on one of these mutated genes and attempt to trace its evolution … Read more

Plant study hints evolution may be predictable

Evolution has long been viewed as a rather random process, with the traits of species shaped by chance mutations and environmental events – and therefore largely unpredictable. But an international team of scientists led by researchers from Yale University and Columbia University has found that a particular plant lineage independently evolved three similar leaf types … Read more

The Bizarre Bird That’s Breaking the Tree of Life

When Josefin Stiller was growing up in Berlin, she loved reading about Greek gods in an encyclopedia of mythology. She often lost track of their relationships, however — their feuds, trysts, and betrayals — as she flipped among the entries. Frustrated, she wrote each name on a card and started to arrange children beneath parents … Read more

Protein-modified SEI formation and evolution in Li metal batteries – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Numerous studies focused on developing safe and long-term cycling Li-metal batteries (LMBs) have been reported. However, transferring these high-performing LMBs from lab-scale to industrial-scale production remains challenging. Most studies on LMBs are limited to solving the issue of Li dendrite formation via an in situ or ex situ formed layer on the Li anode, while … Read more

“Astonishing” 500-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Brains Prompt a Rethink of the Evolution of Insects and Spiders

Stanleycaris hirpex. Credit: Sabrina Cappelli © Royal Ontario Museum An ancient radiodont predator with three eyes reveals key information about the evolution of the arthropod body plan. New research based on a cache of fossils that contains the brain and nervous system of a half-billion-year-old marine predator from the Burgess Shale called Stanleycaris has been … Read more