Be alert but not alarmed
New H1N1 swine flu found in China.
By Ian M Mackay, University of Queensland Researchers have found a new strain of flu virus with “pandemic potentia...
Four unusual things about coronavirus
What we’ve learned about what we’re dealing with.
By Sanjaya Senanayake, Australian National University It is now almost six months since the world became aware of ...
COVID-19's problem of confounding variables
Peter Doherty looks at issues around seasonal change.
As Shakespeare’s Richard III has it: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer…’ But is the summer e...
Hard to imagine: some people’s minds are blind
Trouble visualising also affects memories and dreams.
When most people imagine walking on a beach at sunset, their mind will likely conjure up a picture such as this. For ...
The man who can’t see numbers
His brain can, but to him it’s like spaghetti.
Thanks to the late Oliver Sacks, we’ve heard astonishing tales of the brain’s idiosyncratic digressions when things g...
Brain stimulation needs to be precise
Researchers identify areas linked to impulsive behaviour.
Australian researchers have identified areas of the brain they believe are linked to negative side effects from deep ...
Measles may be much older than we assumed
Researchers reconstruct genome from preserved lung.
Measles may have emerged as early as the sixth century BCE, according to a new study of some old samples. That is ...
Barry Marshall and Robin Warren have guts
‘Good team’ discovered what we know about ulcers.
At a news briefing on 12 February 2002, then US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made the statement for which he is ...
Why some people find it easier to lose weight
Study highlights our uniquely individual responses.
Ever wondered why some people can eat to their heart’s content while others agonise over every calorie and still stru...
Possible COVID-19 treatment welcomed
Oxford reports success with dexamethasone.
Australian researchers have welcomed news of a possible breakthrough in the search for a treatment for COVID-19, but ...
Wealth affects how we age in lots of ways
Study assesses impact across broad range of functions.
Social circumstances may have pervasive effects on core aging processes, new British research suggests. It found t...
Jonas Salk wins the fight against polio
Vaccine supported by huge public campaign.
In the early 20th century, polio was, as the World Health Organisation's Global Polio Eradication Initiative notes, o...