Snails carrying tiny computers solve survival mystery

Snails carrying the world’s smallest computers on their shells have helped explain the mystery of their own survival against all odds. The Society Islands of the South Pacific, a lush tropical archipelago forming part of French Polynesia, were once home to at least 61 species of tree snail. But after the giant African land snail … Continue reading Snails carrying tiny computers solve survival mystery

Films that will change how you see the world

Science and storytelling meld into an emotional rollercoaster at SCINEMA, the southern hemisphere’s largest science film festival. From near impossible medical achievements to the complicated love lives of one-in-a-million snails, audiences are taken through the highs and lows of science and what it means to be human. Here’s eight films being shown at the national … Continue reading Films that will change how you see the world

‘Ultra-fast’ insulin from snail venom

Poisonous marine snail (Conus geographus) with toxic proboscis cone extended. Credit: Jeff Rotman / Getty Images Venom from a marine cone snail contains fast-acting insulin that could be used to treat diabetes in humans. Type 1 diabetes is treated with injections. Currently, rapid-acting insulin starts working in just 10-20 minutes, but diabetes patients face the … Continue reading ‘Ultra-fast’ insulin from snail venom