Binghamton University researchers, with the help of their colleagues from State University of New York have developed the first ever micro-scale self-sustaining microbial fuel cells powered by the symbiotic interactions of two types of bacteria.
Scientists say the Red Sea is home to a a newly discovered luminous creature that lives on the shells of nocturnal snails.
Hawaiian bobtail squid harness luminescent bacteria in their predator-fooling light organs so that they can mimic moonlight and camouflage with the ocean's surface. This allows them to evade nighttime predators.
A seal riding atop a humpback whale – like this photo from Eden, New South Wales, shows illustrates an extremely rare occurence but other animals routinely help each other out.
Coral reefs worldwide are taking a beating from global warming, and while new research shows that a certain species of invasive microbe may protect them, it comes at a cost.
It's no secret that the world's coral reefs are rapidly declining, taking the one-two punch that is warming temperatures and mounting ocean acidification. However, there is hope, and it's coming straight from an unknown member of the natural world. Researchers have just discovered a new species of algae, and it's one that seems to be able to help corals survive otherwise deadly temperatures.
Little did you know that humans were not the first farmers. A lineage of ants based in South America has been known to cultivate their own food using a selective process that produces a high-yield fungus. Now researchers have found that not only have these ants been doing this for the greater part of 50 million years, but they have actually improved the practice over time.
"Giant" tridacnid clams and their algae lodgers are a prime example of natural partnership at its best. New research has revealed that not only does this clam let photosynthetic algae take up residence in the flaps of its shell, but it actually helps redirect sunlight so that its tenants get their daily dose of energy.
Weevils are pests that have a destructive appetite for grain crops, namely rice, wheat, and maize - crops that can be found at all major corners of the world. However, tearing through food supplies alone is not what makes them seem evil. It's how they "thank" their allies that makes you think, "that's one nasty bug."