Biology

  • 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 the lamprey – jawless fish of the superclass Cyclostomata – were remnants of a p...

    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
  • Explainer: mutation and disease in the Folbigg case

    The major consequences of genetic mutation.

    The recent petition calling for Kathleen Folbigg’s release hinges on cutting edge science that has identified a small...

    Biology March 4, 2021
  • Focus

    Folbigg case: timelines compared

    How the advancement of genomic sequencing informed the Folbigg story

    Genomic data was not available during the first trial of the Folbigg case. Now that technology has improved the effic...

    Biology March 4, 2021
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes for better health

    Research has found that disease-resistant mosquitoes could lower disease transmission.

    What is the risk of getting a disease from a genetically modified mozzie? Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading...

    Biology March 4, 2021
  • Dazzle to survive

    Scientists reveal the evolutionary history of fairy wrasses.

    Diversification of the stunningly colourful fairy wrasses was propelled by sea-level changes during the last ice age,...

    Biology March 4, 2021
  • “Fish DJ” drops marine beats

    Speaker system helps scientists understand brain networks of baby fish.

    A DJ-turned-researcher has designed a speaker for zebrafish larvae, playing them a range of beats from sounds they wo...

    Marine life March 3, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    A round up of the stories that may have snuck past you in this week's edition of science digest... Sharks aren’t s...

    Physics March 1, 2021
  • New, recyclable bone cell

    Newly discovered bone cell named after Power Ranger

    A new bone cell discovery suggests that even cells make an effort to recycle. A team of researchers, led by Michel...

    Biology February 26, 2021
  • Home gardens vital for pollinators

    They provide a rich and diverse nectar source, study finds.

    Urban areas are a surprisingly rich food reservoir for pollinating insects such as bees and wasps, according to a UK ...

    Biology February 23, 2021
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