The strange topology that is reshaping physics
Topological effects might be hiding inside perfectly ordinary materials, waiting to reveal bizarre new particles or bolster quantum computing.
Ancient genomes heat up dog domestication debate
Results point to a single origin for modern canines and push back the timing by thousands of years.
Plants turn caterpillars into cannibals
Chemical produced by tomato plants in response to pest attack can change insect behaviour.
Single-cell sequencing made simple
Data from thousands of single cells can be tricky to analyse, but software advances are making it easier.
How quantum trickery can scramble cause and effect
Logic-defying experiments in quantum causality can twist the notion of time itself.
Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Engineered microbes turn a bacterium’s immune response against itself using CRISPR.
New concerns raised over value of genome-wide disease studies
Large analyses dredge up ‘peripheral’ genetic associations that offer little biological insight, researchers say.
Resistance to last-ditch antibiotic has spread farther than anticipated
Emergence of colistin resistance in farm animals around the world takes researchers by surprise.
Oldest Homo sapiens fossil claim rewrites our species’ history
Remains from Morocco dated to 315,000 years ago push back our species’ origins by 100,000 years — and suggest we didn’t evolve only in East Africa.
Next-generation cancer drugs boost immunotherapy responses
Early clinical trial data suggest that combining medicines improves treatment.