Biology

  • Tiny parasite could solve wastewater problem

    A new organism may prevent costly foaming in water treatment plants.

    Scientists from La Trobe University in Melbourne have discovered a tiny parasite that can kill the bacteria responsib...

    Biology April 30, 2021
  • Explainer

    What is PCR?

    The standard technique for detecting SARS-CoV-2 is incredibly useful in other places too.

    PCR was an acronym that dominated the news in 2020. What is the technique, how useful is it, and what does it tell us...

    Biology April 27, 2021
  • Genetic ‘toxic masculinity’ fells male flies

    Scientists find that Y chromosome features may shorten male fly lifespan.

    Males of many animal species, including humans, are known to have shorter lifespans than females. Now, scientists fro...

    Biology April 23, 2021
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    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Ocean ghost currents undo gravity Flinders University researcher Jochen Kaempf has discovered how ghost currents a...

    Biology April 19, 2021
  • How teeth sense cold temperatures

    New research identifies a protein in teeth that senses the cold.

    Cold teeth can be painful, particularly if they’re decayed. In a new paper, published in Science Advances, scientists...

    Biology March 27, 2021
  • The science behind the blastocyst and iBlastoid

    Monash University-led research team turns skin cells into early-stage embryo model.

    Left to right: Jia Tan, Jose Polo, Xiaodong (Ethan) Liu. Credit: Monash University It was an unanticipated event t...

    Biology March 18, 2021
  • Squeeze like a fungus

    Some fungi species squeeze between cells

    As icky as it sounds, some species of fungus can literally squeeze themselves between plant or animal cells and nestl...

    Biology March 16, 2021
  • Tear glands cry in a dish

    Human stem-cell derived organoids make tears.

    A team of researchers, led by Marie Bannier-Hélaouët of the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands, has developed orga...

    Biology March 16, 2021
  • Deceptive smells

    Mammal predators can be tricked into leaving vulnerable NZ birds alone.

    It’s not only humans who can be fooled with misinformation to change their choices. Animals can be tricked too, it se...

    Animals March 11, 2021
  • Long-held theory of vertebrate evolution upended

    Fossils indicate lamprey larvae have evolved – probably not ancient.

    For a long time, it was thought that lampreys – jawless fish of the superclass Cyclostomata – were remnants of a past...

    Biology March 10, 2021
  • Grown bone

    Most life-like bone organoid to date.

    Put away your Skele-gro, because growing new bones might be the realm of science, not magic. Researchers at Eindho...

    Biology March 9, 2021
  • Headless? No hindrance…

    Japanese researchers discover a remarkable ability in an already interesting sea slug.

    Move aside salamander, this sea slug is about to blow your regeneration powers out of the water. Scientists from N...

    Biology March 9, 2021
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