Microbiota catalogue just got bigger
Thousands of new species discovered using DNA.
Scientists have deciphered 12,566 new species of microbiotas from DNA samples, expanding the diversity of bacteria an...
Shining a light on wine fraud
New technique looks for fingerprints to prove origin.
Australian wine scientists are testing the potential of molecular fingerprinting to quickly authenticate the provenan...
A new spin on atoms
Strange things happen when they get really close.
US researchers have developed a way to control and measure atoms that are so close together they are impossible to di...
Robert Hooke, a man for the times
An underrated overachiever in the world of science.
Robert Hooke was one of the greatest scientists of the 17th century. Think about that. Hooke was born in England, ...
A great African gene migration
New variants reveal patterns of human movement.
Exploring a huge number of genes has helped uncover migration of early humans and the evolution of disease-resistant ...
Printed tongues take some licking
Synthetic surface behaves like the real thing.
British scientists have 3D-printed some rather sophisticated fake tongues – even if they don’t actually look like ton...
Pushing the laser limit
Researchers offer a taste of what’s possible.
Australian quantum researchers have shown it’s possible to vastly improve the coherence of lasers, overcoming a bound...
A catalyst for faster, cheaper biodiesel
New system can work with low-grade feedstock.
Australian and British researchers have developed a new, low-cost way to make biodiesel from used cooking oil and agr...
Georges Lemaître comes in with a bang
Belgian priest a big part of big scientific debates.
In 1927, Catholic priest Georges Lemaître published a paper in the Annales de la Societe scientifique de Bruxelles in...
Making it easier to find ‘new Earths’
Australian sensor can correct the distortion of starlight.
Australian researchers have combined artificial intelligence and photonics to develop a new type of adaptive optics s...
Big brains, big math scores
Genes could be the reason you’re a natural – or not.
A gene called ROBO1 helps brain development, which can also lead to higher math scores, according to new German resea...
Healthy bacteria thrive in gut before birth
Microbiota help healthy foetuses grow.
Micro-organisms in the gut microbiome begin growing in foetuses as early as five months, new research shows. In a ...