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.

Pollen close up
Written by: 
Vaughn Bryant and Gretchen Jones

Most might be surprised that pollen is being used to catch thieves, illegal drug dealers, murders, terrorists, and even catching those who commit less visible crimes such as making and selling fake prescription drugs.
Also in: Türk | தமிழ்

Written by: 
Steven Hart

You know you're sick, but what might you have? Is it bacteria, fungi, or viruses that are causing your illness? Learn about the differences between these pathogens and about how certain medicines can treat some, but not others.
Also in: Español

Rainforest animals
Written by: 
Karla Moeller

The rainforest is the wettest biome on Earth and is home to half of all species.
Also in: Français | Español | Italiano | Português

Learn all about cicadas
Written by: 
Tyler Quigley
Every so often, cicadas rise up from their quiet underground burrows to “sing” their best ballads. Aside from their sound, what do you know about the patient, musical lifestyle of these insects?
Sea Urchin
Written by: 
CJ Kazilek

No, urchins are not indigenous to the desert. The usual home for Strongylocentrotus purpuratus is the ocean's rocky floor for grazing along the intertidal and subtidal areas.
Also in: Français | Español

The search for ET life
Written by: 
Finlay Warsop Thomas
Is there life on other planets? Let’s take a look at how scientists are trying to solve this mystery.
Written by: 
Melinda Weaver

To a new visitor, the savanna may look just like a grassland with a few trees. But if you spend some time in the savanna, you learn it is quite different from other biomes.

Also in: Français | Español | Italiano | Deutsch

Ant close-up
Written by: 
Tate Holbrook, Rebecca Clark, and Brian Haney

Ants are everywhere - they thrive in forests, fields, deserts, and cities all over earth. But what is the secret behind their success? Like humans, ants are social. They live and work together in highly organized societies called colonies.
Also in: Español

The secrets of sleep
Written by: 
Sisi Gao and Patrick McGurrin
You sleep every night, but do you know what happens when your body sleeps or why we sleep the way we do?
Half human, half animal eye
Written by: 
CJ Kazilek and Kim Cooper

Did you ever wonder why you see the colors you do or if other animals see the same colors that you see? We see light that bounces off of things around us. When the light enters our eyes, special cells tell our brains about the light.
Also in: Français


Pando, the largest stand of aspen trees
What is the oldest living thing on Earth?

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