World of Biology

Read about research projects being conducted at Arizona State University. Many of the articles you find on this page are written by graduate students in the life sciences departments. The list is always growing so be sure to come back and visit often.

Nerve impulse thumbnail
Written by: 
Brett Szymik

Let’s take a ride. It is going to be a fast one, so be prepared. Where are we going? We are going to start at your head and end up at your toes. It may not seem like a long trip, but it is going to be fast. It may be the shortest and fastest trip of your life. Are you ready? Let’s begin.
Also in: Español | Român

Microorganisms cartoon illustration
Written by: 
Amy Hansen

When you visit a pond or the beach, what kinds of living things do you see in the water? Depending on the environment, you might find fish, frogs, crabs, insects, seaweed, or lily pads. Don’t let your eyes fool you, though… there’s a hidden world in water full of creatures too small to be seen!
Also in: Español | Nederlands | Français | हिंदी

Anatomy of an Article
Written by: 
Karla Moeller

Reading a scientific article can seem like a difficult task. To help get you started, we first discuss what all goes into a scientific article. Then, when you're ready, click on Article Dissection to see how a scientific article can be broken down into parts that are a bit easier to understand. 

Ants in nest
Written by: 
Rebecca Clark

Farming ants might sound like a crazy thing to do unless you might like to eat chocolate covered ants. It turns out we can learn a lot from ants and the best way is to build your own ant farm.
Also in: Español

Illustration of pills (antibiotics) and bacteria
Written by: 
Tyler Quigley

When it comes to fighting off bad germs, doctors have to use their best medicines. What do we do though, when our best weapons make our enemies stronger?
Also in: Español | Italiano | Português | Deutsch | Bahasa Indonesia

Two ants carrying a puzzle piece
Written by: 
Guy Webster

There are so many types of ants that it's funny the animated movie about them centers on one type that doesn't exist: a male worker ant. In this story you can explore some of the types of ants you can find in the southwestern United States.

Two illustrated bats
Written by: 
Elizabeth Hagen

Like humans, bats are mammals. They are warm-blooded, covered in hair, have live young, and nurse their young (called pups). Unlike humans, bats have wings, which allow them to fly.
Also in: Nederlands | Français | Magyar | Español | Türk | Deutsch

Honey bees
Written by: 
Christopher M. Jernigan

What is all the buzz about honey bees? Are they disappearing? Will you be attacked by the Africanized form of the honey bee? These are just a few of the things you will learn in this story.
Also in: Español | हिंदी

Orchid bee
Written by: 
Kate Ihle

Orchid bees come in an amazing array of shapes and colors. You could call them the jewels of the bee kingdom.
Also in: Nederlands | Español | Deutsch

Written by: 
John Alcock

A story of blood, love, and family… Learn about one of the biggest and fanciest blister beetles anywhere. This species goes by the scientific name of Lytta magister but has also been called the “master blister beetle,” most likely in honor of its large size.


Influenza virus colorized image from the CDC
How realistic is the movie Contagion?

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