Worms programmed to die early
It appears to be all for the sake of the colony.
Here’s one for the evolutionary theorists. British researchers say they have found worms that are genetically pred...
What is herd immunity?
The important issues affecting vaccination uptake.
The term herd immunity comes from the observation of how a herd of buffalo forms a circle, with the strong on the out...
Developments in a vaccine for coronavirus
First reduce the amount of virus during typical infection.
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is changing how we live. With a rapid increase in cases, we are now isola...
The emotional lives of mice
Machine learning detects distinct feelings from facial expressions.
Cartoonists have captivated generations by humanising mice, from the enigmatic Mickey Mouse and charming Stuart Littl...
Gondwana in amber
Fossil trove sheds light on ancient antipodean ecology.
An international team of palaeontologists has discovered an assortment of intact amber fossils in the Southern Hemisp...
More clues to the story of our past
Three studies take a detailed look at important discoveries.
It’s been a landmark day for learning about our ancestry, with the publication of not one but three major studies. ...
Like a key to a lock
It’s important to see the molecular machinery.
In the race to develop a treatment for COVID-19, the disease threatening millions of lives around the world, scientis...
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...
Neanderthals ate brain food from the sea
And they relied on it as much as early humans.
Neanderthals were quite the foodies, it seems, as their diets included not only hunted animals and plant foods, but a...
The truth at the bottom of a bourbon shot
Scientists discover that spilt Jim Beam has forensic value.
The mark of a particular bourbon, it turns out, is not its taste, nor its price-point, nor even the clever design on ...
Animal ancestor primera
Earliest ancestor of all modern animals identified.
The ancient stone at Nilpena fossil site, about 600 kilometres north of Adelaide, South Australia, has yielded some o...
Diverse genomes shed new light on our history
Global gene sequencing effort tells of our evolutionary past.
Genomic sequencing of nearly 1000 people – from minority communities often overlooked by geneticists – has provided a...