Biologists have wondered for centuries why plants and animals take the shapes they do. Now, researchers exploring the mechanics of cells and tissues are finding answers that might one day help engineers rebuild our bodies. Part of a series on tiny answers to biology's biggest questions.
Stanford researchers say one way to solve the mystery of why some breast cancers are more likely to spread could come from studying the cell’s mechanical properties. Part of a series on tiny answers to biology's biggest questions.
What unites the needs of Ebola workers, people with multiple sclerosis and athletes comes down to one thing – cold hands. A device that cools the hands is finding widespread use from the playing field to the clinic.
Before life could begin, something had to kickstart the production of critical molecules. Chemistry Professor Richard Zare says that something may have been as simple as a mist made up of tiny drops of water.
Brain-machine interfaces now treat neurological disease and change the way people with paralysis interact with the world. Improving those devices depends on getting better at translating the language of the brain.