The sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, is able to become plant like and survive just on photosynthesis. The slug steals millions of green-colored plastids, which are like tiny solar panels, from the non-toxic brown alga, store them in their gut lining - to become photosynthetic, or solar-powered.
From discovering two neutron stars collisions and a new form of matter called excitonium to creating trees that glow and using magnetic fields to control physical movements in mice, here's look back at the toughest, biggest and hottest science of 2017.
Engineers at MIT have made a breakthrough in creating bioluminescent plants that glow in the dark. By injecting specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant, the team induced the plant to give off dim light for nearly four hours.
Which is smarter: a cat or a dog? This question has stumped experts throughout the ages and has been impossible to answer due to complex nature of intelligence of both the animals. Now, researchers at Vanderbilt University have managed to come up with an answer by calculating the number of neurons in their cerebral cortex. And it turns out – dogs are smarter.
Most of you probably love a video of a wet dog shaking in slow motion. But, do you actually know the science behind why dogs shake to dry off?
Study shows wolves have a better understanding of cause-and-effect than the dogs - and they follow human-given communicative cues just as good as dogs. The process of domestication is possibly the reason for this loss of the dogs’ cognitive abilities, researchers say.
Researchers have unveiled a formula that explains why some animals run, fly and swim faster than all others. Knowing just the animal’s weight and the medium it moves in—water, air or across land, the formula can calculate maximum speed of the animal with 90 percent accuracy.
Owl wings are designed in such a way that they generate a lot of lift with very little flapping. Now, scientists from Chiba University in Japan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China have revealed how inspiration from owls’ wings could help make quieter wind turbines, aircraft, and drones.
Scientists have already identified more than 2 million species, but still, there are millions more left to discover. Every year, about 18,000 new species are discovered. While the most common ones being insects, mammals do make it to the list, although very rare. Well, here are the top 10 new species of 2017 as listed by the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE).