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  • Jet black: ‘little’ black holes emulate their supergiant siblings

    Jet activity in radio galaxy mirrors that of the far larger Messier 87 galaxy.

    Just like younger siblings, ‘little’ black holes do their best to act the same as big ones, according to a study publ...

    Astronomy July 20, 2021
  • A new world of plasma screens?

    The fourth state of matter can make cheap, smart, waste-free screen components.

    The plasma used to make the coating. Credit: Dr Behnam AkhavanAustralian researchers have used plasma to make a m...

    Materials July 19, 2021
  • Millimetre-mountains on neutron stars

    New models reveal the limits of topography on these stellar corpses.

    Computational modelling suggests that neutron stars are even weirder than we thought. According to researchers from t...

    Astrophysics July 19, 2021
  • Where do rockets go to die?

    Alice Gorman talked to US podcast Atlas Obscura about what happens when spacecraft reach the end ...

    Where do rockets go to die? Well, some turn into space zombies. Some go down in flames. But some spacecraft return to...

    Space Exploration July 19, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Ugly bugs, farmbots, and friends to lovers – here’s what happened in science last week.

    Big cockroach evolutionAccording to the evolutionary tree of Australian burrowing cockroaches, published in Syste...

    Animals July 19, 2021
  • Hermann Rorschach spills the ink

    What do you see when you look at this image?

    Splash red wine on a white tablecloth and, along with receiving a scolding, you might also be invited to partake in a...

    Behaviour July 18, 2021
  • COVID Booster: targeted treatments, genomic sequencing and elimination?

    Five things we learned about COVID-19 this week.

    Money makes the Swiss more likely to get tested and less likely to get vaccinatedThere’s evidence around the worl...

    COVID July 17, 2021
  • Galactic fireworks go off

    New images reveal violent births in stellar nurseries.

    An international team of astronomers has snapped stunning images of "galactic fireworks", capturing stellar nurseries...

    Astrophysics July 16, 2021
  • Could spider venom save your life from heart attack?

    Protein from Funnel web spider venom shows promise for heart attack treatment in lab tests.

    In a preclinical trial on a beating human heart, researchers have found that a drug candidate developed from the veno...

    Medicine July 16, 2021
  • No ovaries required: viable eggs grown in a dish

    Ova created from mice stem cells, that become fully formed creatures – all in the lab.

    Scientists have successfully coaxed mouse stem cells to develop into functional eggs in a dish - that then grew into ...

    News July 16, 2021
  • (Almost) home-made microswimmers

    Simple, self-powered microswimmers could also help with research.

    Microswimmers – micrometre-sized drops that can move through liquids – are used to study the way tiny organisms move....

    News July 16, 2021
  • How to think when you don't have a brain

    Even a form of brainless slime mould can makes decisions about its next venture. What can it teac...

    Ever met someone who seems to get around without a brain? Maybe they aren’t as dumb as they seem. A team of US biolog...

    Biology July 15, 2021
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