A whole new world: astronomers draw first global map of Titan
Cassini data reveal the geological diversity of Saturn’s largest moon.
Star Wars-style 3D images created from single speck of foam
Ultrasonic speakers steer tiny bead to generate displays that you can touch and hear.
CRISPR tool modifies genes precisely by copying RNA into the genome
The ultimate goal of genome editing is to be able to make any specific change to the blueprint of life. A ‘search-and-replace’ method for genome editing takes us a giant leap closer to this ambitious goal.
AI Copernicus ‘discovers’ that Earth orbits the Sun
A neural network that teaches itself the laws of physics could help to solve quantum-mechanics mysteries.
Primate embryos grown in the lab for longer than ever before
The 20-day-old monkey embryos could reopen the debate about how long the human variety should be allowed to grow in a dish.
Controversial ‘gay gene’ app provokes fears of a genetic Wild West
Debate highlights broader concerns about apps that use the results of direct-to-consumer genetic testing.
How the earliest mammals thrived alongside dinosaurs
An explosion of fossil finds reveals that ancient mammals evolved a wide variety of adaptations allowing them to exploit the skies, rivers and underground lairs.
Super-precise new CRISPR tool could tackle a plethora of genetic diseases
The system allows researchers more control over DNA changes, potentially opening up conditions that have challenged gene-editors.
How evolution builds genes from scratch
Scientists long assumed that new genes appear when evolution tinkers with old ones. It turns out that natural selection is much more creative.
Geneticists retract study suggesting first CRISPR babies might die early
Researchers rapidly corrected finding through discussions on social media and preprints.