Structural absorption by barbule microstructures of super black bird of paradise feathers, in which it is revealed that birds of paradise not only have the richest colors but also have the deepest blacks.
Dragonfly is one of the two finalists for the design of a quadcopter that will explore Titan.
So Japanese monkeys hump deer and plants and animals mate. Viable results are rare but it does happen. It’s all about hybridization.
The Chinese Chang’e lunar mission program will be sending plants and insects to the moon. The experiment will see if these will be able to thrive in the moon’s gravity. Likely they will only be in a self-contained biome, but the story possibilities are certainly intriguing.
NASA is planning to send a helicopter to Titan. Faith in Golden Age science fiction restored (somewhat). But this is honestly so cool!
Study compares the number of neurons among carnivorans. Verdict: dogs have more neurons, and this means “…dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.”
Citizen science is not what it claims to be, argues this essay by Carl E. Koch.