Hitting the right notes makes zebra finches feel good
Charles Darwin learnt a lot from finches, but the little birds still have much to teach us
How an Earth-sized telescope will ‘see’ a supermassive black hole
How a global network of radio telescopes will image, for the first time, the event horizon of a black hole.
Fijian farmer ants sow, fertilise and live in plants in trees
This species of ant and the six species of plant it cultivates are entirely dependent on each other for survival.
Why we have so few Neanderthal genes, even after interbreeding
Hybrids could have had anatomical problems – or were simply too ugly to snare a mate.
Zika virus destroys testicles in mice
A new study from the US suggests Zika infection may interfere with a man’s ability to have children – but long-term observations are needed to definitively say that’s the case.
Dark energy may not exist, new supernova analysis says
But the 2011 Nobel physics laureates shouldn’t return their prize just yet …
Scientists unveil structure of human cannabinoid receptor
Knowing the 3-D build of the CB1 receptor could help researchers design drugs with fewer side effects.
Could this provide the spin control quantum computing needs?
A new way of encoding information could redefine the quantum bit.
Curious ‘hot molecular core’ found in Large Magellanic Cloud
It raises the question: how does the chemistry of other galaxies affect the possibility of life?
Kamikaze missions: spacecraft that met their doom – on purpose
We have a long history of crashing spacecraft into various celestial bodies after we’re done with them. But it’s not just a way to dispose of hardware – the descent and collision can tell us plenty too.