COVID Booster: Gut bugs and vaccines
The five new things science learned about COVID-19 this week.
1. Gut bugs could influence the severity of COVID COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness, but the gut may als...
School of fishy little robots
Fish-like Bluebots use LED lights and cameras to swarm like the real thing.
Why have a school of fish when you can have a school of robots? This is a question recently answered by a team of ...
Animal magnetism is real
Snakes repel venom via a magnet-like mechanism.
Franz Mesmer might have been on to something when he described animal magnetism as an invisible force possessed by al...
Spice up your solar
A touch of chilli may create more stable photovoltaic cells.
Chilli is known to have a range of health benefits, from reducing infections to improving digestive performance. But ...
Oldest cave painting of animals found in Indonesia
Painting of Sulawesi warty pig dates back at least 45,500 years.
By Adam Brumm, Adhi Oktaviana, Basran Burhan and Maxime Aubert from Griffith University The dating of an exception...
The wonders of seagrasses
They help fight marine plastic pollution, study finds.
Marine ecosystems are incredible. Although they’ve been besieged by plastic – among many other human-generated challe...
ASD and suicide risk
Tailoring prevention for the neurodivergent.
A nation-wide study of people aged 10 years and over diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Denmark has lin...
Odd jobs: paleodermatologist
Looking skin deep can provide new discoveries, at least in this vanguard field of research.
All manner of unusual jobs exist in science, but perhaps one of the most remarkable is the expertise of Phil Bell, of...
Is this a new Silent Spring?
Decline of insects is a catastrophic loss we can ill afford.
Entomologists have united to take stock of growing warnings about an “insect apocalypse” in a special feature publish...
Stark legacy: secrets of dire wolves revealed
Forensic DNA reveals dire wolves are their own species.
If you think dire wolves (Canis dirus) are closely related to other wolves then you know nothing, Jon Snow. A new ...
Five things you didn’t know about lithium
Lithium has unexpected origins and uses.
Our next regular Cosmos Briefing asks the question: Is Lithium the Answer? We are drilling down on lithium and the...
Milliseconds measure galactic gravity
Data from pulsars widens knowledge of dark matter and gravitational waves.
Scientists measuring tiny changes in the arrival times of signals from millisecond pulsars have found a new way to me...