Biology

  • Frank Fenner – Australian original

    Best known for his role in eradicating smallpox, Fenner was also passionate about the environment.

    Each year the Australian Government recognises the nation’s scientists and science educators by awarding the Prime Mi...

    Society August 22, 2021
  • Have you ever seen a coral this big?

    Citizen scientists measure record-breaking coral on the Great Barrier Reef.

    Amid the doom and gloom of news about the Great Barrier Reef comes a feel-good story: volunteer snorkellers have disc...

    Oceans August 20, 2021
  • A new candidate for defeating Candida

    These nanoparticles deliver a stronger punch to fungal infections.

    Australian researchers have developed nanoparticles that could be used to treat a widespread and dangerous fungal inf...

    News August 18, 2021
  • Mouse mothers tutor new mums

    Training of hormone triggers could be the key to maternal care, finds study.

    Mice learn how to mother through observation, and experienced mouse mothers tutor inexperienced female mice in the pr...

    Animals August 12, 2021
  • More to learn about evolution from Galápagos finches

    An invasive parasite is demonstrating natural selection in action.

    Finches on the Galápagos Islands have become famous because of the subtle variations in species between islands. Thes...

    Evolution August 11, 2021
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    Vale Roger Short, 1930–2021

    Vet, zoologist, and reproductive biologist Roger Short was a success in many fields, but it was h...

    Daniel Stefanski was a third-year medical student in 1994 when he attended a lecture that changed his life. The lectu...

    Society August 10, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Mouse sperm can be mailed, beers snobs are smug, quantum crystals could reveal dark matter – a lo...

    Mailing freeze-dried mouse sperm on a postcard Have you ever worried about a fragile parcel breaking in the post? ...

    Biology August 9, 2021
  • How is a brain like a train?

    Mouse study reveals how neural pathways work like switchable train tracks.

    Training the brain has been given a whole new meaning, with researchers uncovering a memory-storing system in the bra...

    Biology August 4, 2021
  • Crossing over: how are genes shuffled?

    Small proteins clustered along a chromosome help crossing over to increase genetic diversity.

    A new discovery has explained how proteins help chromosomes shuffle genes – crossing over – during meiosis to make a ...

    Biology August 3, 2021
  • How a 310-million-year-old brain works

    Well-preserved horseshoe-crab brain fills gaps in evolutionary knowledge.

    While hard appendages like bone and shell can be preserved as fossils for millions of years, palaeontology’s enduring...

    Palaeontology July 27, 2021
  • For softshell turtles, you’re male until you're female

    The strange world of the reptile gender reveal.

    Softshell turtle embryos start as males, but with the right temperature and proteins can become female before they ha...

    Animals July 26, 2021
  • Ancient viruses found in Tibetan glacier

    Scientists uncover unknown viruses trapped in 15,000-year-old ice.

    It sounds like the opening scene of an apocalyptic movie: scientists drilling ice cores from an ancient glacier uncov...

    Biology July 21, 2021
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