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.

Written by: 
Shelley Valle

Think about the last delicious food that you devoured. Maybe it was a savory, cheesy pizza. Or maybe it was a sweet yet tart slice of apple pie. How did eating it make you feel? What did you like about it? Furthermore, how were you able to taste it? Is there any reason to taste food other than to provide a pleasurable experience?

Written by: 
Patrick McGurrin

Humans interact with their environment using their sense of touch. This story explores how touch works. 

internet puzzle
Written by: 
CJ Kazilek

Searching for things on the Internet can be like hunting for a needle in a large haystack. Just how large is the Internet?

Written by: 
Stephanie Bittner

When you think of hummingbirds, you may think about how they can fly in almost any direction. But there is a lot more to these acrobatic birds than meets the eye.

Girl inspecting ecosystems
Written by: 
Tamara Harms

We hear the word ecosystems in the news and at school but just what are ecosystems? It turns out there are lots of ecosystems. You might even learn you have some inside you!
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Written by: 
Kelly Harkins

The past can be hard to remember, so how can we go about studying it? Indiana Jane takes us on a tour of humans from the past, ancient microbes, and the bioarchaeologists that study them both.

Fig wasp close up
Written by: 
Dani Moore

Fruit may just be something that you like to eat. For the fig wasp, fig fruit is more than just a food--it's where life begins and ends.

Mouse and snail taxonomy
Written by: 
Ruth Kearns

Have you ever wondered how animals and plants get their
names? People give them names, lots of different names! That was how it used to be before Carl Linnaeus created the world of taxonomy.

Written by: 
Martine Oudenhoven

Much like a mechanical watch, living things only work when all the gears work together. Some of the tiniest of gears are proteins. Learning about the shape and size of these proteins is the job of X-ray crystallography.

Endangered animal list
Written by: 
Johnny Winston

By the time the first endangered species list was made, many species had already gone extinct.  Some species, like whooping cranes, were almost extinct at that time.  But the US government did not begin to protect animals as endangered species until they were put on the official endangered species list.


What are 'moon flowers' and why do they bloom only at night?

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