The value of cellular self-sacrifice
An ancient organism’s ways similar to our own
Scientists have uncovered how one of the oldest and simplest animals on Earth sacrifices its own cells for the benefi...
Shedding new light on how males develop
Researchers find a missing gene fragment
By Peter Koopman, University of Queensland It’s one of the most important genes in biology: “Sry”, the gene that m...
I’d know those finger veins anywhere
Researchers up the ante on biometric authentication.
Forget fingerprints or facial features. Your veins could become the go-to for secure ID and authentication. "The 3...
There’s no single gene for left-handedness
At least 41 regions of DNA are involved.
By David Evans, University of Queensland, and Sarah Medland, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Most peop...
Inside Biology's Black Box
New device is shedding fresh light on human development.
This article from the March issue of Cosmos has been shortlisted for the 2020 Eureka Prize for Long-Form Science Jour...
The fine detail of a healthy heart
Researchers create unique cellular and molecular map.
Scientists have taken another step in the quest to create a “Google map of the human body” by putting together a deta...
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 ...
New photodetector is a shining light
Ultra-thin prototype can see the full spectrum.
Australian engineers appear to have raised the bar for photodetector technology, developing a device that is incredib...
The fisheye lens goes flat and wide
Panoramas possible with a single piece of glass.
Fisheye lenses let photographers take panoramic views in a single shot but, because they are made from multiple piece...
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 ...