Natural selection and the pressure to evolve
There’s a lot to learn when a gene turns green.
Some genes might not mind a bit of extra pressure when it comes to evolution. A Swiss team led by Andreas Wagner o...
Perfect fluid? I like the sound of that
Physicists measure some rare diffusion in the lab.
Physicists in the US say they have been able to measure sound diffusion in a “perfect fluid” for the first time. T...
Giddy up and go, by the numbers
Study models best (legal) way to win a thoroughbred race.
Given its subject matter, a newly released study’s opening line may be among the year’s most useful when it comes to ...
The protein that walks, folds and rests
New images provide insights into muscle disorders.
The myosin protein is well known for walking, but now it seems it also sleeps. 3D visualisation of: top, the shutd...
When bacteria behave like liquid crystals
Two studies watch closely as they move and build.
Two studies just released cast new light on the cunning ways of bacteria. Both involve collaboration – and prompt com...
Solar device that takes pressure off doctors
Engineers find a way to keep things really hot.
This rather unassuming looking set-up on a research station roof in Mumbai, India, could play a part in improving med...
Whip you up a diamond? No pressure
Researchers do it in the lab, at room temperature.
Australian-led research has taken a leaf out of Superman’s comic book and created diamonds at room temperature for th...
On the wings of an owl
And maybe, one day, the wings of an aircraft.
There’s a lot of learning going on about how owls fly – and what we can learn from that. Last month, as reported i...
Dark chemistry in a lab as cold as space
Making glycine without UV opens world of possibilities.
An international team of astrochemists has produced glycine – the simplest amino acid – in a lab that simulates the d...
Making saliva is quite a complex business
Study tracks down where all the proteins come from.
There’s more to saliva than meets the eye – and mouth. Researchers in the US and Norway have taken a close look at wh...
Can we control where lightning strikes?
Laser technology offers some tantalising clues.
Pioneering laser technology could be used to tame lightning and control where it strikes the ground, according to an ...
A cheat sheet to help know your neurons
Researchers develop new way to sort and classify them.
Not all neurons are equal, so researcher are building a “cheat sheet” to clarify things. In the largest categorisa...