Fleming’s famous mould revisited
Scientists sequence genome of the original Penicillium.
British scientists have sequenced the genome of Alexander Fleming's famous penicillin mould for – surprisingly – the ...
How our brains make educated guesses
Cells work together to combine memories, study shows.
British scientists say they have identified how cells in the brain work together to combine memories of separate expe...
Time does fly when we’re having fun
Scientists identify neurons that skew our perception.
If time seems to go more slowly when you’re boiling the kettle or waiting for a bus, it might not just be your imagin...
Why peas in a pod are like they are
Genetics ensure appropriate distancing, study suggests.
The expression “like peas in a pod” usually refers to looking alike, but there’s actually more to the story. Open ...
Children’s brains hear language differently
Research suggests this also helps them recover from neural injury.
Young children use both brain hemispheres to understand language, neuroscientists say, which may explain why they app...
How brain flexibility emerges in infants
Imaging provides new insights into mental capacity.
Scientists say they’ve discovered that cognitive flexibility, a critical higher order brain function, starts developi...
Exploring the mechanics of antibiotic resistance
Researchers discover how bacteria share genes.
Australian researchers say they discovered how bacteria share antibiotic-resistance genes. Superbugs caught transf...
Can ageing really be 'treated' or 'cured'?
An evolutionary biologist explores and explains.
By Zachariah Wylde, University of New South Wales As time passes, our fertility declines and our bodies start to ...
Are there male and female brains?
Computers suggest yes, but it may just be head size.
By Cordelia Fine, University of Melbourne, and Carla Sanchis Segura, Universitat Jaume I How useful are the well-k...
Cosmos Q&A: Why we must value parasites
Researchers propose a global conservation plan.
Parasites don’t get great PR or a lot of consideration when we're talking conservation. An international team hopes t...
Is this how human sperm really move?
New research challenges centuries-old assumption.
We know what human sperm do, but it seems we may be wrong about one aspect of how they do it. Research by fertilit...
Filling the gaps in our genomic maps
Scientists report first complete assembly of human chromosome.
Scientists say they have determined the complete sequence of a human chromosome for the first time and at an unpreced...