Why does the coronavirus spread so easily between people?
Researchers have identified microscopic features that could make the pathogen more infectious than the SARS virus — and serve as drug targets.
The golden age of neutron-star physics has arrived
These stellar remnants are some of the Universe’s most enigmatic objects — and they are finally starting to give up their secrets.
Enter the twilight zone: scientists dive into the oceans’ mysterious middle
The vast, wild depths between light and shadow face increasing threats from climate change and overfishing.
Why faces don’t always tell the truth about feelings
Although AI companies market software for recognizing emotions in faces, psychologists debate whether expressions can be read so easily.
When will the Amazon hit a tipping point?
Scientists say climate change, deforestation and fires could cause the world’s largest rainforest to dry out. The big question is how soon that might happen.
Powerful antibiotics discovered using AI
Machine learning spots molecules that work even against ‘untreatable’ strains of bacteria.
Is this Nefertiti’s tomb? Radar clues reignite debate over hidden chambers
A new survey hints at a previously unknown space beyond Tutankhamun’s burial chamber.
30 years of the iron hypothesis of ice ages
In 1990, an oceanographer who had never worked on climate science proposed that ice-age cooling has been amplified by increased concentrations of iron in the sea — and instigated an explosion of research.
How peat could protect the planet
Across the globe, drained peatlands are emitting billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Scotland has emerged as a leader in efforts to restore bogs to health.
Super-precise CRISPR tool enhanced by enzyme engineering
Improvements to a method known as base editing could pave the way for safer gene therapies.