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.

Monarch butterfly
Written by: 
Page Baluch

Transforming robots are favorites of television and movies, but nature has some of the best transformers. Animals that can change in ways that almost seem unbelievable.
Also in: Español

Tree lizard puzzle
Written by: 
Danika Painter

Biologists at Arizona State University hope that by learning more about animal behavior, they will also be able to understand why people act the way they do. Also in: Español

Monarch butterfly puzzle
Written by: 
Tracy Fuentes

Thousands of orange and black shapes flutter through the trees. Welcome to one of the few wintering homes of the monarch butterfly.
Also in: Español | Français

Bee with mites
Written by: 
Paul Matthews of the Tribune Newspapers of Arizona

Africanized "killer" bees have fallen prey to a deadly predator of their own- parasitic mites whose infestation has dropped their wild colony numbers by as much as 70 percent statewide.

Bionanoengineering robots
Written by: 
Julio Bernal and Tara MacCulloch
Fascinating and bizarre interactions control the world around us, at a scale too small to see—the nanoscale. By studying the nanoworld, we can create nanomachines that mimic nature.

Also in: Italiano | عربى
Matter of scale thumbnail
Written by: 
CJ Kazilek

You may not think about it, but size does matter. It is especially true when talking about the very tiny things that exist in the nano world.

Nature painting
Written by: 
Kevin McGraw

Colors are not just for humans. In fact, Mother Nature has been playing with color and love for very long time. What are these colors of love? Are they all the brightest and boldest colors, or is there more to the story?

Plants we use for medicine
Written by: 
Beth Judy

Medicinal plants come in all shapes and sizes. Probably some of the weeds growing in your yard, fields, or even cracks in your sidewalk are medicinal. Who knew there was a different kind of drugstore—a vital and ancient one—all around us?
Also in: Holandés

Scorpion with laser beams
Written by: 
Christopher Putnam

Scorpions are often misunderstood. Many people say that scorpions are so aggressive they will sting themselves to death, but this is not a natural behavior of scorpions in the wild.
Also in: Français | Español

Open Ocean
Written by: 
Robert Wildermuth

The open ocean is the largest biome on earth and it is the least understood. What undiscovered life might float in the dark, deep, depths of the sea?
Also in: Français | Español


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