The greatest and most popular puzzle of the 20th century began life as an artwork, writes Jason England.
The 5:2 fasting craze helped spread the word about the benefits of a calorie-restricted diet. Now scientists are discovering how the release of hydrogen sulfide in the body might be responsible. Viviane Richter reports.
Carnivorous plants lure more prey when they intermittently ‘switch off’ their traps. Belinda Smith reports.
Xavier Hames, a four-year-old boy from Perth with type one diabetes, has become the first person in the world to receive an artificial pancreas to help manage the disease. He has received a new insulin pump system, which was developed through clinical trials conducted around Australia. The pump has the capacity to predict low glucose … Continue reading Boy first to receive artificial pancreas
Two new papers add to the growing evidence of the impact on health from gut microbes. The recent research identifies two new linkages – one good and one bad. One of the studies suggests a common gut microbe, Helicobacter pylori (that is linked to stomach ulcers and cancer), might curb the risk of developing multiple sclerosis … Continue reading Gut microbes protect from multiple sclerosis
Artificial intelligence knows when to hold ’em and fold ’em better than any human. By Belinda Smith.
Stick insects cannot fly far – so how did the species spread across the Pacific? Yao Hua Law reports.
A snapshot of how bacteria design their armour may give us a new way to combat superbugs. By Viviane Richter.
Don Ingber is a disruptive influence, which is what the Harvard-based Wyss Institute wants in a director. James Mitchell Crow reports.
This week Paul Willis of RiAus looks at the animals of the Antarctic and the harsh conditions under which they live. But with climate change, how will they fare? You can follow RiAus on Twitter @RiAus or on their website.
Since its discovery graphene has been hailed as a wonder-material. Now add two new properties to the list – the strength to stop a bullet and the finesse to let a proton through. But when will we see some real-life applications? Cathal O’Connell investigates.
Nuclear techniques provide powerful insights into the health of aquatic ecosystems. James Mitchell Crow reports.