The search for alien life
New technologies and techniques are searching for signs of alien life as never before. What and where will that potential life be?
Humans can have more or less than 150 friends
A new paper questions the validity of Dunbar’s number, which places a limit on social interactions.
Genome of resurrected plant is sequenced for the first time ever
2000-year-old seeds of extinct Judean date palm shows Roman influence in Middle East.
Ingenuity rules (and flies)
Brief hover demonstrates that controlled flight is possible in thin Martian gravity, only about a third of Earth’s.
Living fossil discovered below Earth’s surface
Microbe may have been in evolutionary stasis for millions of years.
Aerosols have three different liquid phases
A discovery about the chemistry of aerosols has implications for climate modelling and pollution control.
Animal ‘relax’ gene helps plants save water
Pores stay closed to prevent water loss during drought.
Songbirds without a song
Regent honeyeaters lose ability to sing their tune as populations decline.