• Focus

    COVID frontline: Switzerland

    Cosmos is collecting stories about how the world is coping.

    By Matthias Hertl Population: 8.57 million  First Case: 25 February 2020 Cases 11,811 Deaths 191 (As of 26 M...

    Features March 30, 2020
  • Update

    COVID-19 update

    A digest of COVID-19 science, data and optimism @ 26 March.

    THE NUMBERS Global Cases confirmed worldwide by national authorities stand at 414,179 – 40,712 of them reported...

    Society March 27, 2020
  • Focus

    COVID-19 frontline: Singapore

    Cosmos is collecting stories about how the world is coping.

    First case reported 23 January Cases 308; Deaths 2 (At 12:00 local time on Sunday 22 March) I guess that I’...

    Society March 25, 2020
  • Update

    COVID-19 update

    A digest of COVID-19 science, data and optimism @ 23 March.

    Science The research community’s response to coronavirus has been swift, rigorous – and largely unseen. Research ...

    Society March 24, 2020
  • Even a small nuclear war could hit food supply

    Study sounds warning about unstable nations.

    As the nuclear arms race unfolds with renewed vigour, researchers have shown that even a limited, regional nuclear ba...

    Society March 17, 2020
  • Individuality – beyond nature or nurture

    Fruit fly study links it to random variation in brain wiring.

    Whether to walk the straight and narrow or meander through life is one of countless traits attributed to a combinatio...

    People March 5, 2020
  • Society structure impacts innovation

    Study finds fewer interactions, not more, fuel cultural evolution.

    Over time, evolution has endowed humans with bigger, better brains, but a study of Agta hunter-gatherers in the Phili...

    Anthropology March 1, 2020
  • Learning issues linked to brain connectivity

    New research suggests it’s about ‘hubs’, not specific brain regions.

    Different learning difficulties do not, as previously thought, correspond to specific regions of the brain, new Briti...

    Biology March 1, 2020
  • Conversation

    Australian food from 65,000 years ago

    Charred remains offer clues to diet, technology and culture.

    Australia’s first people ate a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other plant foods, many of which would ha...

    Archaeology February 18, 2020
  • Pain of discrimination is real

    Neural and social factors contribute to ethnic differences.

    Scientists have found that racial discrimination literally does hurt, showing that African Americans feel more pain a...

    Society February 3, 2020
  • School smarts more than reading and maths

    Academic and cognitive skill training goes both ways.

    It’s well established that cognitive abilities such as reasoning, memory and focussed attention help children do well...

    Biology January 28, 2020
  • Sign languages grew from five lineages

    Scientists merge linguistics with evolutionary biology.

    Delving into centuries-old manuscripts depicting dozens of sign language alphabets, scientists have identified five p...

    Anthropology January 23, 2020
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