Matilda Handsley-Davis

Matilda Handsley-Davis

Matilda is an Editorial Assistant at Cosmos.

  • Protein mutation’s hidden past

    Modern humans developed a protein mutation that protects cells against oxidative stress – but som...

    A single protein mutation may have had health benefits for anatomically modern humans compared to our Neanderthal cou...

    January 6, 2022
  • What was it like to be an observer at COP26?

    Master’s student Emily Perry travelled to Glasgow to be an observer at the global climate change ...

    When I speak to Emily Perry, she’s just landed at home in the US after a week in Glasgow, where she was an observer a...

    November 15, 2021
  • Six spooky creatures to scare you this Halloween

    Forget pumpkins and a witch’s hat full of lollies: Halloween’s meant to frighten you!

    Halloween is just around the corner, so we’ve asked the staff here at Cosmos to nominate their favourite scary creatu...

    October 29, 2021
  • Why does nearly every genetics paper mention cancer?

    How does this affect our understanding of the human genome?

    Have you ever felt like every week or two a new story comes out saying that something is linked to cancer? A meta-ana...

    October 28, 2021
  • How do you get a super-group of whales to come together?

    New research reveals the microscopic reason why humpbacks sometimes converge in their hundreds.

    New research has shed light on the puzzling phenomenon of “super-groups” of humpback whales congregating off the coas...

    October 26, 2021
  • So long Sydney Opera House, bye bye Buckingham Palace

    Ahead of COP26, a new visualisation tool shows global landmarks under different carbon emission s...

    A new study uses extensive global elevation data to predict what familiar places around the world will look like in y...

    October 21, 2021
  • COVID Booster: Delta deadliness, Pfizer effectiveness and drinking habits

    Five things we learned about COVID-19 this week.

    Delta variant deadlier than original COVID strain Researchers have found that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is ass...

    October 9, 2021
  • Lost in translation: linguistic diversity could save biodiversity

    33% of conservation papers aren’t published in English – but they could hold the key.

    The extinction crisis is one of the greatest challenges currently facing our planet. According to new research, tappi...

    October 8, 2021
  • Bushfires push native bees to the brink

    The number of threatened Australian native bee species is expected to quadruple after the devasta...

    The Black Summer bushfires may have been more devastating to Aussie bees than previously thought, new research indica...

    October 1, 2021

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