Fruit Flies in Suspended Animation

Fruit Flies in Suspended Animation

Insects like the fruit fly have an uncanny ability to put themselves into a coma-like state when they sense low oxygen levels in the body. According to researchers at Florid Atlantic University, they can stay that way for up to 72 hours! You may have even seen this happen at your local pool. Seemingly lifeless […]

Octopus blood: a natural antifreeze?

Octopus blood: a natural antifreeze?

How does an octopus survive in the below-freezing waters of the Antarctic? It seems like these animals shouldn’t be able to survive in frigid temperatures, but new research shows that they have a special protein in their blood that helps them survive. The protein that makes octopus blood blue is called haemocyanin, and it actually […]

Self-healing lungs may become a reality

Self-healing lungs may become a reality

Breathing depends on lung tissue surface area. When blood circulating through the lungs reaches the alveoli, this is where the blood discharges its waste product – CO2 – and picks up oxygen. When lung cells are damaged, the useable surface area is decreased, which means that less CO2 is scrubbed out of the blood and […]