Core Sciences

  • Microbe handprint of child shows what grew

    Bacteria growth from a child after playing in the dirt.

    Credit: Tasha SturmMicrobiologist Tasha Sturm took a handprint from her eight-year-old son on a Tryptic Soy Agar...

    Biology June 9, 2015
  • Lighting up the brain

    Techniques reveal insights into the way the brain is wired.

    Delicate ascensionNeuroscientist Andreas Zembrzycki uses dyes and fluorescent genes to light up neurons in the br...

    Biology June 8, 2015
  • Birds cry wolf to scare away predators

    A cunning way to protect its nest from predators.

    One of Australia's smallest birds has found a cunning way to protect its nest from predators. The tiny brown thornbil...

    Biology June 5, 2015
  • Can scientists make friction disappear?

    Superlubricity means the surfaces slide over each other.

    Physicists at MIT have developed an experimental technique to observe and manipulate individual atoms at the interfac...

    Physics June 5, 2015
  • Large Hadron Collider back in action

    After a revamp, the atom smasher is back.

    The world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is back at work after a two-year revamp.The 27 k...

    Physics June 4, 2015
  • How an octopus goes camping...

    More evidence of the intelligence of these remarkable creatures.

    As regular readers will know, we like octopuses here at the Cosmos newsblog (see The Awesome Octopus) and so were exc...

    Biology June 4, 2015
  • Organic farming more profitable

    Benefit more from organic farming than conventional.

    Organic agriculture is more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture, despite the lower yields, according...

    Biology June 3, 2015
  • Antibiotics in agriculture eliminated?

    New vaccination could stop use of antiobiotics in agriculture.

    An American animal scientists has come up with a new technique that could reduce or even eliminate the need for antib...

    Biology June 2, 2015
  • Breast is best for fighting leukaemia

    Associated with lower risk of childhood leukaemia.

    Breastfeeding for six months or longer has been associated with a lower risk of childhood leukaemia in a new Israeli ...

    Biology June 2, 2015
  • Ancient algae trapped deep in glacier's ice

    Remains of creatures dating from sixth century deep inside glacier.

    Scientists have found the remains of tiny creatures dating from the sixth century deep inside a glacier in Peru.The...

    Biology June 2, 2015
  • Why dogs stink when they're wet

    Canine chemistry – youtube video on smells and your dog.

    An entertaining video from the everyday chemistry YouTube channel Reactions on smells and your dog – both going and c...

    Chemistry June 2, 2015
  • A lifelong flu shot moves closer

    Measles research helps scientists working on universal flu vaccine.

    A universal flu shot is one of immunology’s great quests. Each year scientists race to work out which flu strains wil...

    Biology June 1, 2015
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