Coronavirus mutates but is actually stable
Current crop of vaccines shouldn’t be affected.
By Rebecca Rockett, Alicia Arnott and Fabienne Brilot-Turville, University of Sydney “Coronavirus” has already est...
What's happening with China's vaccines?
Things move quickly in exceptional times.
By Adam Taylor, Griffith University Chinese authorities have already approved multiple COVID vaccines for emergenc...
Making sense of our words
How brains respond to the factual and the possible.
Information presented as fact evokes a stronger response in our brains than when it contains words that convey uncert...
Margie Profet stirs things up
Evolutionary biologist hailed a genius then disappears.
Beginning in 1988, Margie Profet published three papers that caused considerable discussion within segments of the sc...
I heard a scream, what did it mean?
Possibly not the obvious, study suggests. It’s about context.
If someone screams, most people will run to their rescue, fearing the worst. But they may be surprised to learn that ...
What are reinfection and viral shedding?
Virologists explain the important differences.
By Lara Herrero and Eugene Madzokere, Griffith University Over recent weeks and months, we’ve heard of several CO...
Hold on, that’s why we have fingerprints
Researchers explore the ridges, wet and dry.
Researchers have discovered that by regulating moisture levels, our fingerprints play a key role in our ability to gr...
Henri Laborit feels our pain
French surgeon a pioneer of modern anaesthetics.
In her new book Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness, Australian journalist Kate Cole-A...
Mitochondria linked to health in space
Data of mice and men point in the same direction.
As we plan to send more people into space for more time, there’s a growing imperative to understand what spacetime do...
Why gyms need to not smell like gyms
It could provide motivation in more ways than one.
Scientists have put forward a couple of new reasons why gyms need to smell a bit different. The first is a study ...
COVID news and trends @ 27 November
A digest of science and reporting highlights.
The numbers Global As at 19:03 CET on Wednesday 25 November, cases confirmed worldwide by national authorities ...
Social connection is something we crave
The brain has similar responses to isolation and fasting.
Just one day of forced social isolation evokes a similar neural response as food deprivation, US scientists have foun...