Topic: Plants & Animals

How are cells created?

New cells are created from existing cells through a process referred to as the cell cycle. One cell can make a copy of itself and form two new daughter cells.

How do bees make honey?

Most bee species do not make honey, but those that do—as you might guess—are specifically called honey bees.

How do animals evolve and get new traits?

How animals evolve and develop traits is basically the foundation of evolutionary biology. Whether it be animal or plant, bacteria or fungi, there is one organism that gave rise to all those types of life.

How long would it take a tree to grow in space?

It’s a complicated question because, while researchers have grown spruce seedlings on the International Space Station, they haven’t grown full-size trees. Using knowledge of how trees operate on Earth, scientists can guess what’s going to happen when they’re grown in space.

Can all mosquitos transmit viruses like Zika?

Not all mosquitos can transmit the Zika virus, and that’s the case with any mosquito-borne pathogen. There are about 3,000 species of mosquitos in the world and only a handful—about 150—are considered vectors of pathogens, capable of spreading viruses.