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  • How to beat bleaching

    How corals get their food may determine which survive.

    You’d have thought that the ability to produce your own food was a handy trait in any circumstance – and here we’re n...

    Marine life April 13, 2020
  • Ironing out the bumps in perovskite’s potential

    Detecting imperfections that reduce performance.

    A literal “trick of the light” can detect imperfections in perovskite solar cells, Australian scientists say, boostin...

    Energy April 13, 2020
  • It’s the nose that makes sense of scents

    Cells help the brain distinguish between competing odours.

    Perfume makers have long known that certain smells can mask or enhance others. Now US researchers say they have uncov...

    Biology April 13, 2020
  • Old trees do the heavy carbon lifting

    Rainforest study points way for regeneration and management.

    When it comes to storing carbon, an increasingly vital function of rainforests for the health and survival of the pla...

    Nature April 13, 2020
  • It’s OK bro, I’ve got your back

    This little bird helps large rhinos stay safe.

    If you want a good example of the value of local indigenous knowledge, read on. In the Swahili language, Africa’s ...

    Animals April 10, 2020
  • A most successful egg hunt

    Researchers explore the complex story of an ancient luxury good.

    This isn’t quite an Easter story, but it does date back centuries and it is about eggs. Scientists say they are cl...

    Archaeology April 10, 2020
  • 3D-printed coral better than the real thing

    Study suggests it provides more fertile ground for algae growth.

    Scientists have 3D printed coral-inspired structures they say are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic...

    Marine life April 10, 2020
  • Fibre fragment strikes a chord

    Research suggests Neanderthals knew a thing or two.

    This may look like just a bit of old rope and, OK yes, it is a bit of old rope. But it’s an important bit. Researc...

    Archaeology April 10, 2020
  • Wildlife exploitation = infectious disease risk

    Study links human activities to virus spillover from animals.

    Zoonotic diseases – those transmitted from animals to humans – are quickly becoming one of the world’s biggest public...

    Health April 9, 2020
  • More signs of pressure on our environment

    New threats to biodiversity and the role of mature trees.

    This dynamic map shows a high emissions scenario for greenhouse gases. Brighter colours indicate a higher proportion ...

    Earth April 9, 2020
  • How some flowers recover from injury

    It’s a newly discovered adaptation to enhance survival.

    Some flowers have a remarkable capacity to pick themselves up – literally – after an accident, according to a study p...

    Nature April 9, 2020
  • The potential of pollen paper

    Researchers create a material that responds to humidity.

    Scientists in Singapore have created a paper-like material derived from pollen that bends and curls in response to ch...

    Materials April 9, 2020
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