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.

Illustrated old typewriter with text - Spotting Science Lies
Written by: 
Serena O’Sullivan
Some people on the internet want to trick you when it comes to science. Here are some tools you can use to arm yourself with the truth.
Also in: Español
The Four Seasons
Written by: 
Sisi Gao

You might think that most places on Earth experience the changing of seasons because of the distance from the Sun. But, surprise, that's not the cause. Come and learn some new information to lean on about the tilt of the Earth. 

Written by: 
Kayna Lantz, Maria Eller and Annika Andersen

Humans are constantly changing the world. This can be in good ways, but sometimes it is also in bad ways, like with pollution. Learn the ways in which we can help the world around us by understanding how we affect nature.
Also in: Español

Forest Mushrooms
Written by: 
Drew Peltier

In many fairy tales and folktales, the temperate forest is a place for discovery, adventure, and maybe a little magic. What makes this biome so special in our minds? Maybe it's the animals, the quiet that can be found there, or the way the leaves change color with the seasons.
Also in: Español | Français | Italiano

Peppered Moth
Written by: 
Ronald Rutowski and Sean Hannam

The colorful wings of butterflies and moths aren't just part of a beauty contest.  Learn how these changes in coloration have allowed species like the peppered moth to survive in an ever-changing environment.
Also in: Deutsch | Español

Written by: 
CJ Kazilek

A Common Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula californiae, but this snake was anything but common. From the title of our story, you may have guessed that our snake, or maybe we should call it snakes, had two heads.

Time traveling seeds
Written by: 
Elena Ortiz

Every year billions of babies are dried and buried, not to be unburied for weeks, months, years or even decades. Don't worry, these are not babies like your little brother or sister, these are baby plants, or as you might call them, seeds. Why would a mom do such a thing?
Also in: Français | Español

Sexual reproduction
Written by: 
Sarala Pradhan and Ioulia Bespalova
For many organisms, reproduction is a huge part of life. But what, exactly, does reproduction mean? Well, it can mean so many different things, including breeding or not, caring for young (or not), or giving birth (or not)... read on to learn about the diversity of ways that organisms reproduce.
Blue tiger beetle
Written by: 
Nancy Pearson and Dave Pearson

Even with 'tiger' in their names, life is hard for these fast and often colorful insects. Also in: Deutsch | Español | Français | Português | Pусский | 日本語

Garter snake in taiga
Written by: 
Sisi Gao

The taiga, or boreal forest, is the largest land biome in the world. It is deep and dark, often green, and always cold. But even in this frigid place, many animals and plants thrive.
Also in: Español | Français | Português


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