• Gently does it

    Soft robotic fingers lift jellyfish without stress.

    Soft robots have many uses, and now we can add lifting jellyfish to that list. US researchers have shown that captur...

    Robotics February 24, 2020
  • Look under the road to stay on the road

    Ground-penetrating radar used to overcome the elements.

    How do you drive if you can’t see the road? If you’re a driverless car, the answer may be to look under it. US resea...

    AI February 24, 2020
  • Watching magnets in 3D

    A complex world of waves and tornadoes.

    British and Swiss scientists have developed a 3D imaging technique that allows them to observe complex behaviours in ...

    Materials February 24, 2020
  • Intensifying marine conservation efforts

    Scientists quantify how much and where.

    At least a quarter of the Earth’s oceans need urgent conservation measures to preserve marine biodiversity, according...

    Oceans February 23, 2020
  • Looking at the sea, then the sky

    NASA picking the brains of oceanographers in its search for oceans.

    NASA is reaching out to oceanographers for help in figuring out how to determine if extraterrestrial oceans are suffi...

    Space Exploration February 23, 2020
  • The unique world of the Himalayan wolf

    It’s well adapted to its environment but still at risk.

    The Himalayan wolf has been little understood, despite being a top carnivore in the Asian high-altitudes. Both scien...

    Animals February 23, 2020
  • Don’t fear the craquelure

    Cracks can make wood paintings less vulnerable.

    Cracks in the paint of a great work of art may not be quite the problem they seem. In fact, if it’s a painting on woo...

    Physics February 23, 2020
  • Beyond the Sombrero’s brim

    Hubble data suggests a turbulent past.

    New data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope suggests the smooth, settled “brim” of the distant but distinctive Sombre...

    Astronomy February 23, 2020
  • Bees are smarter than we thought

    Performing complex transfers of information between senses.

    Bees have a lot going on in their teeny brains; with less than a million neurons compared to the 86 billion that huma...

    Animals February 20, 2020
  • Distant human relative mixed with our cousins

    Who were these superarchaic humans?

    A map of human prehistory is starting to look more like a tangled web than a family tree. First, we heard that our ow...

    Palaeontology February 20, 2020
  • Ancient methane stores may not be a threat

    It’s what we’re creating today we should be worried about.

    Ancient methane in thawing permafrost or beneath Arctic ice may not pose a major climate threat, according to a new s...

    Climate February 20, 2020
  • Hot, dry and not a fish in sight – now at least

    Aquatic remains by the hundred found in Saharan rock shelter.

    If you still have doubts that the Sahara was once a lot wetter, a new study by Belgian and Italian researchers should...

    Palaeontology February 20, 2020
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