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  • Plants grow brightly with mushrooms

    Scientists say DNA creates sustainable light.

    It’s feasible to create plants that produce sustainable luminescence that we can see, scientists suggest. Cred...

    Nature April 28, 2020
  • Genome regions linked to melanoma risk

    Study highlights role of immune system.

    A global collaboration of scientists has more than doubled the known number of regions on the human genome that influ...

    Biology April 28, 2020
  • Bacteria with robust memories

    Researchers draw parallels to sophisticated neurons.

    Bacteria may not be the simple organisms we take them for. US biologists have found that bacterial cells stimulated w...

    Biology April 28, 2020
  • ‘Insect apocalypse’ not so clear-cut

    Mega-study shows declines are highly variable.

    Love them or hate them, recent reports of an “insect apocalypse” sounded alarm bells around the world as conservation...

    Animals April 27, 2020
  • Super-rotation and Venus’ atmosphere

    Researchers suggest it’s due to tides, waves and turbulence.

    Scientists tracking the thick clouds of Venus’ rapidly rotating atmosphere say they have gained new insights into the...

    Astronomy April 27, 2020
  • Just how runny can a liquid get?

    It seems there’s an equation for that.

    You’ve probably never wondered how runny a liquid can get, which is no bad thing because it’s not an easy question to...

    Core Sciences April 27, 2020
  • Diamonds may shine in energy storage

    Australian researchers propose a new approach.

    Australian researchers have proposed the design of a new carbon nanostructure made from bundles of diamond nanothread...

    Core Sciences April 27, 2020
  • Wiring quantum computers

    Researchers propose new ‘simple build’.

    Physicists from Japan and Australia have proposed a novel two-dimensional design for a quantum computer that can be c...

    Core Sciences April 24, 2020
  • How birds evolved big brains

    They once compared well with dinosaurs.

    Birds and non-avian dinosaurs had similar relative brain sizes prior to the mass extinction at the end of the Cretace...

    Birds April 24, 2020
  • Punishing selfishness starts young

    It’s influenced by social norms, study suggests.

    Why do humans (mostly) cooperate? Following social norms to punish others for selfish behaviour plays a part, accordi...

    News April 24, 2020
  • We keep finding marine plastic

    Researchers detect it from the air and in the ice.

    There’s mixed news in our fight against plastics that cause chaos in marine environments. We’re finding new ways to f...

    Earth April 24, 2020
  • Fossil frogs offer insights into early Antarctica

    Researchers find first traces of amphibians.

    The discovery of the earliest known modern amphibians in Antarctica provides further evidence of a warm and temperate...

    History April 23, 2020
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